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ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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Welcome to Abstract Submission for the 2024 Annual NEALS Meeting

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Deadline Extension to: Wednesday, July 31, 2024 11:59 PM Eastern Time 

Rules for Abstract Submission: 
For technical support, please contact Associate Program Director, Beverly Smits at bsmits@neals.org. Please direct all questions regarding member/nonmember information, submission policy, rules and guidelines via e‐mail to bsmits@neals.org.  

 

Accepted abstracts are required to be presented in-person at the 2024 Annual Meeting. 

 

CRITERIA 

  • Authors need not be NEALS members to submit an abstract for consideration. 

  • The Abstract Review Committee rates the abstracts on scientific merit, breadth of audience interest, and quality of presentation, including compliance with the guidelines and instruction. 

CONTENT 

  • We welcome abstracts related to clinical investigations, basic science investigations, and information on clinical or educational resources. NEALS encourages collaborative projects.  

  • Up to two abstract submissions will be selected for 10-minute presentations during the Science Symposium portion of our conference.

    • (Abstracts selected for the Science Symposium must align with the session’s topic: AI is NOW: Bringing AI into ALS Research. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 23rd, the session will focus on leveraging the rapidly growing data sets from ALS patients, including clinical data, genomics, biological data, and technology assessments, to enhance ALS understanding, improve research, and accelerate disease outcome transformation.)​

  • If an abstract contains material that has been previously published or presented, that information must be disclosed. 

  • Authors are encouraged to consider merging related submissions into a single abstract to provide a more cohesive and comprehensive representation of the research.

  • Each abstract should be limited to 350 words and contain the background, hypothesis, methods, results to date (if ongoing) and discussion/conclusions.


POSTER PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS

  • All accepted poster presenters are required to have at least one representative attend the NEALS Annual Meeting in person to present. 

  • Failure to present the accepted poster without notifying NEALS staff, will result in restrictions on future submissions.

    • If you are unable to present in person, please notify NEALS staff by October 20, 2024. You will have the option to virtually present. 

  • All accepted posters will have the option for virtual presentation in addition to (not in lieu of) in-person presentation.


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS AND ABSTRACT REVISIONS 

  • Abstracts must be submitted online from the official NEALS abstract submission website. 

  • Please proofread your abstract before submitting it to ensure the abstract content and author information is correct. Accepted abstracts will be published online exactly as they are submitted. 

  • Authors can update abstracts after they have been submitted, but prior to the Friday, July 19th, 2024, submission deadline date. 

  • Minimal changes may be able to be accommodated after the submission deadline but prior to Friday, September 20, 2024 by contacting Associate Program Director, Beverly Smits at bsmits@neals.org

  • Any changes made after the Friday, September 20, 2024 deadline will not be reflected in the publication version of the abstract. 

  • Significant changes can not be made at the time of presentation. 

 

PRESENTATION 

  • Accepted abstracts are required to be presented in-person at the Annual Meeting and require registration to the Annual Meeting. 

  • All abstracts will be reviewed for presentation as either a formal platform presentation on October 24 (15 minutes, to be presented in-person during the Abstract Platform Presentations session) OR as a poster (to be presented in-person during the Poster Sessions on either October 22 or October 23 and included in a Virtual 2024 Annual Meeting Poster Library).

  • All accepted posters will have the option for virtual presentation in addition to (not in lieu of) in-person presentation.

  • The NEALS Abstract Review Committee makes the final decision of abstract assignment and approval based on scientific merit and program considerations. 


PUBLICATION 

  • All accepted abstracts will be published in Muscle & Nerve
    and be made available to view online in a Virtual 2024 Annual Meeting Poster Library. Please double check your abstract submission to make sure all abstract text and author information is correct. 

  • Abstracts that have been previously presented at a scientific meeting or that have been submitted as a manuscript for publication may be considered for presentation at the Annual NEALS Meeting; please indicate any previous publication/submission detail(s) in the abstract submission.

 
WITHDRAWALS 

  • Withdrawal requests are permitted until September 20, 2024. However, not all withdrawals will be reflected in print or online publications depending on when the withdrawal request is made. 

  • Withdrawal requests should be submitted to bsmits@neals.org and include the abstract title, ID number, and the presenter’s name. Authors should also provide reasoning for the withdrawal. 

  • Authors not notifying NEALS staff of withdrawal, notifying NEALS staff after October 20, 2024, or not providing a reason for withdrawal will result in restrictions on future submissions.

 

ABSTRACT NOTIFICATION 

  • Abstract submitters will be notified in by Friday, August 23, 2024 via email the outcome of their abstract submission(s). 

 

EMBARGO POLICY

  • Announcement(s) regarding the upcoming presentation of the abstract (such as acceptance for meeting presentation at the meeting, date of presentation) are permitted.

  • In accordance with our embargo policy, information from any abstract or presentation is confidential and may not be announced, publicized, or distributed before Thursday, October 17, 2024 9:00 AM ET.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • Two abstract awards will be given to poster presenters – one for a clinical investigation, and one for a basic science investigation. 

  • Additionally, the sixth annual UMN Achievement Award will be given for an abstract focused on PLS/UMN research. The UMN Achievement Award is supported by the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF) to promote UMN research and recognize those who contribute significantly to this field.
     

We understand that circumstances may change, and we aim to provide flexibility to our participants. Please note the specified deadlines for withdrawals and changes. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact NEALS Associate Program Director, Beverly Smits (bsmits@neals.org). Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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