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ABSTRACTS


Submission opening date: 01/07/2021
Submission deadline: 30/09/2021
Beginning of reviewing date: 04/10/2021
End of reviewing date: 15/10/21
Author notification (approximate date): 22/10/2021
  • Abstracts should only be submitted through the website and in English. Abstracts cannot be submitted by fax, hard copy or e-mail.
  • Opening of portal for abstract submission: 1st July 2021
  • The presenting author has to be registered in order to submit an abstract.
  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on 30th September 2021
  • Only the presenting author can submit an abstract. An abstract submitted by someone else might be refused.
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of the submission will be sent to the e-mail address specified in the registration form.
  • The presenting author will receive all correspondence concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing co-authors of the status of the abstract.
  • In cases where the abstract is NOT accepted, participants will be contacted promptly and the registration fee fully reimbursed.
  • Abstract selection process
    Abstracts submitted for presentation will be reviewed by an international panel of experts.

    The submitter will be notified of the acceptance or rejection of the abstract by 19th November 2021 at the latest.

    Abstracts can be selected for one or both of the following presentation formats:
    • Oral presentation: The abstract is selected for an oral presentation of 10-12 minutes, in the appropriate session of the congress.
    • Poster presentation: The abstract is selected for presentation in a poster format. Posters are grouped by topic and are displayed throughout the meeting in the dedicated poster room.

    Poster size: H = 1.50, W = 0.90M
    If a selected presenting author cannot attend, he/she should assign a substitute and inform the SMA Europe Coordinator, Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo., of this replacement in due time.
    Posters can be viewed by participants during coffee breaks, lunch and poster sessions. Please note that two formal poster sessions have been organised.

    All accepted abstracts will be published in the congress book.
  • Abstract instructions
    • Abstracts must be written in English
    • Title: maximum 15 words
    • Abstract: maximum 300 words (excluding title and author’s contact information)
    • There is a limit of 20 co-authors for each abstract. If additional co-authors have contributed, they should be referred to as a Study Group and can later be displayed on the poster or appropriately be acknowledged during an oral presentation.
    • References and credits should not be included in the abstract, nor subheadings or keywords.
    • Note that all subheadings in abstracts will automatically be removed by the programme committee.
    • It is the author's responsibility to submit a correct abstract; if accepted, any spelling, grammatical or scientific errors, will be reproduced as typed by the author.
    • Upon submission, please choose one of the following topics that best describes the content of the abstract:
      • Spinal and muscle regeneration
      • New phenotypes after therapy: data on adults
      • Pathways: dysfunction of sensory-motor circuits in SMA
      • Gene therapy data update
      • Muscle specific SMN depletion
      • Oral treatment administration
      • Non 5q SMA
      • Other

    Format for submission:
    Registration reference number mandatory to submit an abstract.
    Title: maximum 15 words
    Abstract: maximum 300 words
    Topic:
    • Spinal and muscle regeneration
    • New phenotypes after therapy: data on adults
    • Pathways: dysfunction of sensory-motor circuits in SMA
    • Gene therapy data update
    • Muscle specific SMN depletion
    • Oral treatment administration
    • Non 5q SMA
    • Other

    Author: title, name and e-mail address, institution (e.g. university, industry)
    Co-authors: maximum 20
  • Flash Poster Presentations
    The best 14 abstracts submitted for poster presentations will be selected by our Scientific Advisory Board for 1.5 minute flash oral presentations over two sessions at our congress.
    1. You will have the opportunity to show one slide to focus attention on the topic of your poster. You will be informed of selection by our Research Programme Manager, Vanessa Christie-Brown, early November. You will then be given information on times and location.
    2. Poster flash talks are meant to be a VERY SHORT (1.5 minute maximum, 1 slide only) presentation of posters. The author should focus only on the main aim of the research and only mention the key findings. The purpose of the flash talk is to stimulate the audience to view the poster and to discuss the research with the author, where the poster is displayed for the full conference.
    3. ONLY HIGHLIGHT THE MAJOR FINDINGS OF YOUR WORK. More detailed information can be provided orally during the poster session. The Poster flash talk should stimulate people to visit your poster
    A few guidelines to keep in mind when preparing your talk:
    1. Prepare your slide (only ONE slide allowed!) to communicate key findings, not details. If attendees want details, let them ask you during the poster session in the exhibition area. ‘Questions and Answers’ time right after the poster flash talk will not be provided.
    2. Make sure you clearly announce the number of the poster board where your poster is displayed.
    3. Excessive use of organisation logos / advertisements is not allowed.
    4. Review your presentation on a different machine from which it was originally prepared to ensure the backgrounds, transitions, video clips, graphics, and linked images appear properly.
    5. Take your presentation on a USB flash drive to the meeting!
    At the congress:
    1. You have 1.5 minutes to present your work. The chairperson will require all speakers to adhere to this limit. Do not use more than 1 slide!
    2. Do not spend time to acknowledge all co-workers, institutes etc. This information is shown on your poster. Focus on your message to attract people to view your poster during the breaks or poster socials.
    3. Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of your session and bring your presentation on a USB flash drive to upload it on the computer before the session starts. Please take this opportunity also to introduce yourself to the chairperson.
    4. If for some reason you cannot give your presentation by yourself, please arrange a surrogate (co-author) to present your work and inform Vanessa Christie-Brown (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) as soon as possible, clearly mentioning the poster ID number and title of the abstract.
  • COVID STATEMENT
    The SMA Conference Organising Committee is committed to work hard to offer you a face-to-face meeting while carefully monitoring the worldwide development of COVID-19. We strongly recommend you also keep updated with the current status and specific travel requirements in your country.You may do so by directly contacting your Consulate or Embassy and also the Spanish Ministry of Health website: https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm The call for is open, and, as in previous editions, authors can be fully confident that will be communicated in due time. 

    The portal for abstracts is now closed. The outcome of the reviews will be communicated in due course.
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