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All abstracts should be submitted in the Scientific Data Abstract Format unless involving programmatic or descriptive (not data-driven) studies, which may be submitted in the Experiential/Observational Summary Format.
Scientific data abstracts should not exceed 350 words and can include one table and one figure separate from the abstract. The abstract should contain these four sections with bolded section headings within the text of the abstract submission.
- Background: State the study aim/objectives, hypothesis tested, or description of the problem. Should explain why the abstract is important or novel or provide context/explanation for the doing study.
- Methods: Methods for testing and data analysis (specific statistical analyses conducted, specific population studied, selection and origin of specimens evaluated, and standard used for comparison).
- Results: Specific results with appropriate statistical analysis. Describe your main findings with data. Statements such as “to be completed” or “to be presented” are not acceptable.
- Conclusion: Explain your main findings and why they are important. Conclusions should be supported by the findings. Concluding statements such as “the results will be discussed” are not acceptable
Experiential/Observational summary abstracts should not exceed 350 words and can include one table and one figure separate from the abstract. The abstract should contain these four sections with bolded section headings within the text of the abstract submission. Section headings do not count toward the word count.
- Project: Description of the project
- Issue: Specific project problems or needs addressed by the abstract
- Results: Qualitative or quantitative summary of implementation facilitators and barriers
- Lessons Learned: Summary of lessons learned and implications
Please do not include grant acknowledgements, literature references, or copyright or trademark symbols.
Scholarship Assistance: If you need assistance to attend the meeting, you may apply for a scholarship. Priority will be given to students and young investigators with a focus on those attending from lower and middle income countries. Resources are limited so scholarships will be determined based on quality of you submission and description of need as well as the factors above. In order to apply, you will need to upload either proof of student status OR your certificate/diploma from your last training program and you will need to write a short statement explaining why you need support from the Congress. If you do not have these documents at the time of your abstract submission, you can SAVE your work and return to upload documents at a later time (prior to the abstract deadline).