24 September 2012

2012 ISDS Conference Highlight: Abstract Submission

Expanding Collaborations to Chart a New Course in Public Health Surveillance

ISDS would like to thank all those who answered the call to be a part of one of the most exciting programs in ISDS history by submitting an abstract for presentation at the 2012 ISDS Conference. The 2012 Conference will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on December 4-5, 2012.

2012 Abstract Submission Overview
We have received a record number of abstracts this year! Abstracts were submitted in four different categories: analytical methods (45 submissions), informatics (39 submissions), policy (8 submissions), and public/population health surveillance (171 submissions). The figure below highlights the keywords of abstracts submitted within each of these categories.


As expected most authors opted to submit for oral presentation (178 abstracts submitted), with 59 submitting for poster presentation. New this year, the 2012 ISDS Scientific Program Committee also accepted three additional submission types: panel (5 submissions), roundtable (11 submissions), and system showcase demonstrations (10 submissions). These presentation options provide greater opportunity for the community to be involved in the development of an engaging program on the most salient topics.

Authors from 25 different countries submitted, which is also an ISDS record (see map to the left; note that it is not clear from the map that abstracts were also submitted from Rwanda, Hong Kong, and Reunion). 

Abstract Review
We are now into the abstract review period. During this time, each abstract will be rated by at least three volunteer reviewers – a fantastic group of surveillance, informatics, etc. experts and seasoned ISDS Conference presenters. Acceptance decisions will be based on judgments of relevance, originality, methodology, and quality. Notifications will be sent to contact authors by October 3, 2012.

To find out more about the 2012 ISDS Conference, please visit the 2012 Conference webpages.

Written by: Tera Reynolds, MPH, Program Manager, ISDS

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