Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission is now closed

The ISSTD Scientific Program Committee is pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for our Scientific Program at the XX World Congress in Toronto, Canada during October 20-23, 2019.

There is no limit on the number of abstracts that may be submitted by one person or organization. If accepted for a presentation, all presenters must register as a participant for and attend the Congress.

Abstract Submission Categories

Authors should indicate their preferred medium for presentation of their abstract in one of the following categories:  Oral, Poster, * Work in Progress, Video.

Authors should also indicate under which of the following categories their work should be considered: Clinical, Health Services Research/Health Policy, Basic Science or Translational, Education.

* The Work in Progress category provides a venue to present new and evolving surgical procedures, treatments, preliminary studies, funded projects and other research in progress. Work in Progress submissions are invited in the form of posters only and are not eligible for awards.

Written Abstract Submission Guidelines

  • Written abstracts should be in clear, concise and unambiguous English.
  • The maximum number of words is 400. This does not include your title or author information. No graphs or tables are allowed.
  • Abstracts must be blind — all references to the organizations and/or authors by name must be omitted from the title, program description, and body of the abstract in order to ensure a fair, unbiased review process.
  • Spell out acronyms upon first usage.
  • Use 3rd person pronouns when talking about your organization, avoid “we”, “our”, and, “us”.

The abstract must include the following sections:

  • Title: should be brief and clearly indicate the nature of the presentation
  • Objectives: state the study purpose in a concise manner, with hypothesis if appropriate
  • Methods: a brief description of experimental procedures, including statistical evaluation if appropriate
  • Results: a summary of the data, confirm or refute the study hypothesis, supported by statistics if appropriate
  • Conclusions: a statement of the conclusions and scientific or clinic impact of the study on patient care, education, or future research

All abstract text will be published exactly as submitted therefore please proofread before submitting to ensure it is published without typos!

Video Submission Guidelines

ISSTD would like to encourage original video submissions for peer-review by the scientific committee. This innovative format might allow you to showcase your work in GTD in new and exciting ways!

  • Hospital protocol for video recording with patient permission or equivalent must have been followed.
  • All video presentation must be edited and narrated on the audio track in English.
  • Productions must not be longer than 5 minutes with titles and a spoken narrative.
  • The video file must play in one of the following video players: Windows Media Player or Quick Time Player.
  • The video cannot be promotional or commercial in nature.
  • In addition to the video, the submitter is also required to write a summary of the video’s content that is no more than 200 words.
  • Your video should be ready to upload by Oct 1, 2019 and we will request it at that time. It is not necessary for the audio dubbing to be complete at the submission stage.

Abstract Review and Selection

ALL abstracts submitted will be considered for oral, poster and video presentation at the XX World Congress by the ISSTD Scientific Program Committee in a blind, peer review process.  The final medium for presentation at the Congress (oral, poster, video) will be the decision of the Committee.  Please note it is the intention of the scientific committee to provide an open forum for all to share their work, though we intend to give preference for oral presentation at the World Congress to those submissions that reflect work in GTD focused on addressing novel ideas, questions, or innovations in care over routine centre-based reviews of patient outcomes.

The evaluation scoring scheme has been predetermined and may be viewed here by all interested participants to facilitate an open and fair process.


Abstracts accepted for presentation at the XX World Congress will be considered for prizes to be awarded by the ISSTD.

The 500$ Bagshawe Prize will be awarded for best overall scientific (clinical of science) contribution.

The two best poster and two best oral presentations (2 scientific and 2 clinical), presented by young professionals, will be awarded a $250 Prize.

NEW this year: “People’s Choice Awards” for best oral, poster and video presentations as voted on by the attendees of the XX World Congress.

In addition the ISSTD gives up to $5000 for travel bursaries to support presenters from from lower/middle income countries. The mount is typically divided into values of $500-1000 per individual awardee.

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