Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

The Arthritis Society, Canadian Rheumatology Association and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research-Institute of Musculoskeletal Heath and Arthritis invite you to submit abstracts for presentation at the third annual Canadian Arthritis Research Conference (CARC). Participants of all career stages, including but not limited to, faculty members, research associates, clinicians, trainees of all levels, and consumers/patient partners are encouraged to submit abstracts.  

We encourage biomedical, clinical, health systems and population health research in the broad field area of arthritis. This is an opportunity to share your work with colleagues nationally and internationally.

 If your abstract is accepted, you will be invited to present your research through either one or both of the following two opportunities depending on your preference:

  1. An oral presentation at Research Presentation Day to be held virtually on January 31, 2022 (See Prizes section below).
  2. A Poster presentation held virtually during the keynote and symposia poster session to be held on February 7-8, 2022.

Please note the abstract submission period closed on October 4, 2021.

Help for Patient Partners to Submit an Abstract

The link to an infographic below aims to give you a basic understanding of the concept of abstracts, how they relate to conferences, and how they are usually structured. Our hope is that this information helps you develop and submit your own abstract to the CARC conference. Abstracts are open to anyone who wishes to submit one.

Abstract Basics

The Basics about Conference (and Other) Abstracts  

If you’re a patient partner, the concept of a conference abstract might be new. Here we’ve put together a basic overview of what an abstract is, its purpose, and the typical parts to help you co-create or write and submit an abstract. This was developed with input from a number of people who are acknowledged below. 

Conferences provide instructions about the abstract format or there is an online submission form with instructions. A typical abstract format with basic parts (may depend on the conference) is shown below. 

Share your draft abstract with co-authors for their input and to declare their conflicts - well in advance of the deadline. Provide a copy of the submitted abstract to your co-authors for their files. 

The conference organizers might give you an idea of when to expect a decision on your abstract. 

Good luck with your abstract! We hope you have found this to be helpful and informative! 

What is an ‘abstract’ is and its purpose? 

  • A brief summary of research or work you have done or will do before a conference to present at a conference (the work doesn’t have to be completed yet(!), but the goal is for it to be done by the conference).  
  • Submitted to conference organizers a few months before a conference to ‘apply’ to present your research at a conference.  
  • Typical presentation types you can request: 
    • Poster: Develop a poster of your research and present it; you are given a time to present and answer questions about your poster (in person or virtual conference) 
    • Oral: Present on your own, with a co-author, or as part of a panel about a similar topic; length of time can vary  
    • Workshop – Host a workshop, often with others. 
  • The abstract is ‘reviewed’ by a committee. If accepted, you will be told the presentation type you are invited to give based on your preference when you applied.  
  • Anyone can write an abstract. Patient partners often help prepare the abstract or may write and submit one on their own. 
  • A way to share knowledge. The abstract is often part of an ‘abstract book’ given to conference attendees or in a journal that accompanies the conference. 

Parts of an Abstract 

  • Title of your presentation 
  • Authors. Contributors to the work and their affiliations (often ordered from who contributed the most to the least). Patient partners may or may not have an affiliation – hopefully the submission allows for flexibility. A ‘presenting author’ is the person who will present the work if accepted.  
  • The main body. Instructions about sections or headings, word count, and anything else required. Generally, the main parts are: 
    • The goal or objective. Why you did the research and what you hoped to accomplish 
    • A bit of background. Why the goal is important (e.g. an area that patients have indicated is an unmet need). 
    • How the research was done or methods and approaches. For example, was there a review of the scientific literature or current knowledge? Was a survey done (and if so, how many people responded?)? Were there focus groups? Were patient partners part of the team, and if so, how were they involved? 
    • Results and discussion. Highlights of the findings and why you found them interesting or maybe the findings weren’t what you expected and you can share those and your thoughts. 
    • Conclusion or summary. The ‘takeaway’ or one or two things that you found and want people to remember. 
  • Potential conflicts of interest. Any relationships that may be perceived to influence the research and important for transparency (e.g. employment, a consultancy, being provided an honorarium, relationships with for profit companies, etc.).  

Information Credit: The aforementioned information to help patient partners was put together through a crowdsourcing call put out by Dr. Dawn Richards through her Twitter handle @TO_dpr. The call was open to anyone to provide input.

Thank you for your input: Brenda Andreas, Mary Brachaniec, Rachel Cooper, Jennifer Daly-Cyr, Trudy Flynn, Erin Gilmer, Kathy Kastner, Delane Linkiewich, Laurie Proulx, Zal Press, Maureen Smith, Linda Wilhelm, and Andy Wong.