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Abstracts 2019

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT  CLOSED


The Program Committee cordially invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed oral or poster presentation for the next Neurotrauma symposium.  Authors wishing to contribute papers must submit an abstract for review by the Program Committee.  All abstracts must be submitted electronically.  Encore presentations will NOT be accepted.  All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published.

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We strongly encourage all authors to familiarize themselves with the system PRIOR to the deadline date. The system will allow authors to submit abstracts (up to 350 words).  After the abstract has been accepted, authors will be able to view their abstract online in an abstract archive.  You may return at any time to update or edit your submission until the deadline date.


Abstract Submission Opens Mid January 2019
Abstract Submission Deadline April 1, 2019 - CLOSED
Abstract & Award Notifications May 1, 2019
Deadline to Withdraw an Abstract May 15, 2019


All abstract authors must be registered attendees of the symposium.  When registering, be sure to add the "abstract submission fee" to your registration.  Once your fees have been paid online, the abstract submission button will be activated.

More details can be found in the Abstract Instructions.


Please note that the presenting author must register for the conference and submit the abstract.  Multiple submissions from one person on behalf of other presenters or their lab are NOT allowed.


Members of NNS or AANS/CNS - $50 each      

Non-Members - $100 each


The NNS Abstract Committee reviews and grades each abstract submission for quality, ethical guidelines and scientific merit. A blind grading process is used to ensure anonymity and equality.  From the online submissions, the Abstract Committee determines the qualified abstracts to be presented during the Data Blitz and Poster sessions.  All submitted abstracts will be judged by a committee to ensure a high quality of scientific research. 

Abstracts will be accepted as an oral or poster presentation unless there are issues related to:

  1. Ethics
  2. Lack of relationship to brain/cranial or spine/spinal cord trauma
  3. Lack of actual data in the abstract
  4. Lack of data details (p-values, sample size, % changes, etc.) 


The Abstract Committee will select papers from all submissions to be presented as posters during the Poster Sessions.  Please note that authors whose abstracts are selected for poster presentation will also be eligible to participate in the Data Blitz session.


The Abstract Committee will select up to 30 abstracts from all submissions to be presented orally during the Data Blitz sessions.  Each presenter will be limited to 1-3 slides and a maximum of 2 minutes of presentation time.  Data Blitz presenters will ALSO present a poster.


All student/trainee submissions are eligible to be considered for the Trainee Poster Competition.  A total of 5 independent judges are assigned to review and score each trainee submission.  The Top 24 highest-scoring student abstract submissions will be featured as the finalists in the Poster Competition and these posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference in a central location. 

All Poster Competition finalists will receive a final judging onsite at the conference during the first poster session on Monday.  In the event of a tie, judges will refer to the original abstract scores for the tiebreaker. All judges decisions are final. All poster finalists are requred to attend the Awards Ceremony, where they will be presented with a certificate of recognition and finalist trophy onstage.  The top six highest scoring finalists will each receive one of the NNS Trainee Poster Competition Awards.


All accepted abstracts will be published electronically in the Journal of Neurotrauma bi-monthly issue immediately prior to the conference.



Please watch this helpful video BEFORE making your poster:

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We will be using traditional poster board displays.  Each double-sided board is 48" high x 96" wide.    Standard poster boards will display a maximum of 4 posters (2 per side).  Posters should be created in PORTRAIT FORMAT.

Standard Posters should be created with a maximum width of 46” and a maximum height of 46". 

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Abstracts selected as top finalists in the Trainee Competition will be displayed in a featured location in the Poster/Exhibit area.

Poster boards will display a maximum of 2 posters (1 per side) and posters should be no larger than 46" high x 96" wide.  

Posters should be created in LANDSCAPE FORMAT.

Trainee Finalist Posters should be created with a maximum width of 94” and a maximum height of 46".


NNS Trainee Poster Competition Awards

  • Michael Goldberger Award
  • Murray Goldstein Award
  • Women in Neurotrauma Award
  • Alan Faden Award
  • Anthony Marmarou Award
  • David Hovda Research Excellence Award

To encourage presentation of high quality basic science and clinical research at the National Neurotrauma Society Meeting, six awards will be offered for the top Trainee Poster Competition finalists with the highest onsite judging scores.  All Student Competition finalists will be recognized during the Awards Ceremony.  

The Trainee Poster Competition winners will receive:

  • An engraved art glass award 
  • $500 cash award from the National Neurotrauma Society
  • A one year subscription to the Journal of Developmental Neuroscience, published by Karger

Abstracts selected for presentation (either oral or poster) will be published in the Journal of Neurotrauma June issue.  Judging will occur during the first Poster Session on Monday.  Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony Dinner on Tuesday evening. 

AANS/CNS Poster Awards

  • Cranial Trauma Award 
  • Spinal Trauma Award

To encourage presentation of high quality clinical research at the National Neurotrauma Society Meeting, two awards will be offered for clinical research presented by a medical student, resident, fellow, or early-career attending within 3 years of completion of their residency.  The recipient must be a member of either the AANS or CNS.   If the recipient is a medical student, resident, or fellow their research mentor must also be a member of either the AANS or CNS. 

One award will be given for cranial trauma and one for either spine or peripheral nerve trauma however the judges reserve the right to issue both awards in either category.  The $1000 cash awards will honor outstanding abstracts presented as either oral posters or exhibited posters at the meeting judged on the basis of scientific merit, clinical relevance and innovation.  Abstracts selected for presentation (either oral or poster) will be published in the Journal of Neurotrauma June issue. Judging will occur during the first Poster Session on Monday afternoon.  Awards will be presented at the Trainee Poster Competition Awards Ceremony on Wednesday morning. 

National Neurotrauma Society Travel Awards

NNS provides a limited number of travel awards each year to ensure students and international delegates are given every opportunity to attend the conference and present their work. Anyone who registers to attend the conference and also submits an abstract may apply for a travel grant.  Awards are based on financial need and merit. 

To apply for a travel award, you must register online, then submit an abstract in order to activate the travel award application section.  In the event your abstract is not accepted, a refund for your registration fee may be requested.

Travel Award Application Deadline:  April 1, 2019