Call for Abstracts for Posters

Submission deadline: October 15, 2012

The Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University, is inviting you to submit abstracts for posters for the 3rd International Conference on Stigma to be held at Howard University Blackburn Center, Washington DC.  Scholars, community, and government leaders and stakeholders will gather for this unique conference on November 30th, 2012 in Washington, D.C to continue having a serious conversation about Stigma related to HIV/AIDS. Two posters will be chosen by the scientific committee for awards. The best poster would receive $250 and the two runner ups would receive $150 and $100.

The goals of this year’s conference are to discuss HIV related stigma, describe how stigma fuels the spread of HIV/AIDS, and share best practices to de-stigmatize HIV. We hope researchers would submit high quality posters that will reflect these goals.

Please review the following guidelines. If you have any questions, please contact the Scientific Program, Evaluation and Publication Committee Chair, Dr. Meseret Deressa at or 202-865-3388. Please send your abstract attachment to the same email address above.

Abstract Guidelines

  • The abstract submission deadline is October 15, 2012.
  • Design the abstract in such a way that it will be understood by both professionals and the general public.
  • All persons whose papers are accepted by the Peer Review Committee for presentation should register for the conference and should attend the conference. In the event a substitute will present the original poster, the organizing committee must be notified at least a week prior to the conference.
  • Each author is limited to the submission of THREE ABSTRACTS as the primary author.
  • No revisions can be made after the abstract submission deadline.
  • Abstracts should be written in clear and concise English and it is assumed that the presenting author will have adequate command of English to present and to respond to questions.

Abstract Format

Abstract should be prepared in word format and be limited to 250 words. The title should be short and concise (less than 200 characters). Authors and their affiliations should be indicated. The contact address for presenting author is required. The body of the abstract should follow logically from the title. Abstracts should contain five sections:

  • Background: Significance
  • Objective: Why did you perform it?
  • Methods: How did you conduct the study?
  • Results: What were the results of evaluation?
  • Conclusions: What does it mean (implications)?

Abstract Review and Selection Process

  • The scientific and evaluation committee completes abstract review and make sure all comments are incorporated by October 25, 2012.
  • The presenting author will be notified of the final acceptance (along with abstract presentation guide) or rejection letter by October 30, 2012.
  • Abstracts will be evaluated on their scientific merit and value to the audience.
  • Incomplete abstracts will not be reviewed.
  • All abstracts submitted will be considered eligible for poster session presentation only.
  • Poster Sessions allow the view of a poster illustration of the abstract. Authors are expected to post their posters at designated time/place and should be present to answer questions during the time designated for poster presentations and break sessions.