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CALL FOR ABSTRACTS AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF TRAVEL AWARDS

Abstracts are now being accepted for the PAME Conference
Deadline for submission is March 24, 2014 no later than 8:00 p.m. EDT

The second Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) Conference will take place on June 19-22, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. This four day conference is devoted to mortality in epilepsy, including suicide and Sudden Unexpected Death In Epilepsy (SUDEP), and brings together clinicians, scientists, individuals with epilepsy and their families, and those who have lost a loved one for discussion of the current research and to understand and support each other. This conference is a joint effort of SUDEP Coalition partners: American Epilepsy Society (AES), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), Epilepsy Foundation (EFA), Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP), Friends (FACES), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health (NINDS/NIH), and SUDEP Aware with meeting coordination and production by AES.

Eligibility
  • Abstracts will be considered from all investigators doing basic, translational or clinical research on any aspect of mortality in epilepsy.
  • All of the submitted abstracts will be reviewed and five individuals will be selected to present both a poster and a 5-minute platform presentation in the appropriate plenary session. All other selected abstracts will be presented as posters.

Travel Awards from NINDS

  • Ten (10) individuals who are selected to present posters will receive travel awards to attend the conference.
  • Eight (8) Travel Awards will be provided to early stage investigators (defined as investigators who are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing their medical residency/subspecialty fellowship at the time of abstract submission). Undergraduate or graduate students, medical students, postdoctoral/clinical fellows or junior faculty are eligible for Travel Awards. Interested investigators should indicate their desire to be considered for a Travel Award on the Abstract Submission Form.
  • Two (2) Travel Awards will be provided to individuals from the fields of social work or nursing. Both students and working nurses and social workers are invited to apply. Those interested should indicate their desire to be considered on the Abstract Submission Form.

Abstract Selection Criteria and Process

  • Abstracts may include basic, translational or applied (clinical) research, patient-oriented research, and health services, epidemiological, behavioral, or social sciences research.
  • Novel and innovative posters are encouraged, though submissions must be based on sound principles of rigorous research.
  • All abstracts should address an appropriate topic of scientific discussion. Presentations should not include commercial messages or inappropriate references to specific products, services, or commercial concerns.
  • Abstracts will be judged by an Abstract Selection Committee based on the appropriateness and rigor of research methodology, use of reliable quantitative or qualitative data, analytical strength and depth; and the overall quality of the science and scientific impact (e.g., significance, translational potential, and/or innovation).

Submission Guidelines and General Information

  • The presenting author should be the first author of the abstract. Only one poster may be submitted by a presenting author; however, individuals may be an author on more than one abstract.
  • Word Limit: Please limit poster abstracts to 600 words (approximately 4,000 characters including spaces).
  • All abstract submissions are final; no changes or modifications will be permitted.
  • Those selected for poster presentations will be provided with a standard 4 foot by 8 foot poster board to display their poster.
For additional inquiries, please contact Vicky Whittemore, PhD at vicky.whittemore@nih.gov.