I 2021 Professional Development Workshop and Mentored Mock Review: Abstracts
Professional Development Workshop
and Mentored Mock Review
July 19–22, 2021

Workshop Dates/Times
Professional Development Workshop
July 19-21: 1:00-5:30 pm EDT

Mentored Mock Review
July 22: 1:00-5:00 pm EDT
Contact Information
For workshop-related questions please contact:
Michelle Murray


The NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) requests that grantees submit an abstract and accompanying poster highlighting original and recent research for presentation during this year’s Professional Development Workshop and Mentored Mock Review (PDW & MMR). The virtual poster session facilitates networking and encourages scientific collaborations among attendees.

Important Dates

Abstract submissions open until June 18, 2021.
Poster submission information to follow.

Who Should Submit an Abstract and Poster

Career Development (K Award) grantees are required to submit an abstract (using the abstract template below) and poster. All other CRCHD grantees are strongly encouraged to submit an abstract and poster.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

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Abstract Template

Please read and follow the Abstract and Poster Submission Guidelines. Submitted abstracts must use the template provided or they will not be accepted.

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Abstract Template

Abstracts must be submitted online using minimal text formatting (i.e., tables, etc.).

Submissions should highlight novel scientific findings from the following four categories: basic, behavioral/population, clinical, or translational studies in cancer and/or cancer health disparities research.

You must register for the PDW & MMR before submitting an abstract.

  • Submitted abstracts MUST NOT EXCEED 300 words (authors and affiliations are not included in the word count).
  • Abstracts must be single spaced in Arial 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides.
  • Abstracts must include the following information and must be submitted using the provided abstract template:
    • Title: Abstract title must be in bold and indicate the content of the abstract.
    • Authors: Abstracts must include author and/or coauthors listed and grouped together (last name, first initial, middle initial). The primary presenter's name should be listed first. Omit academic degrees and titles, but include institutional affiliations for each of the collaborating and corresponding authors. Please do not abbreviate institutional affiliations.
    • Introduction/Background: Provide a brief description of the background, hypothesis, and objectives of the study/project.
    • Methods: Provide a summary of the experimental methods and/or procedures.
    • Results: Provide a summary of the data and results obtained.
    • Conclusions: Provide the conclusions and implications of the work, including the significance of the finding(s).
    • Funding: Provide the funding support information that supported the work described in the abstract.
  • Abstracts should be uploaded and submitted in BOTH PDF and Microsoft Word formats.
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Poster presentations will take place from 12:00-12:45 pm EDT on Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Virtual Poster Presentation Guidelines

Posters will be presented using a virtual platform. Each poster will have a dedicated page that will include your abstract template (PDF), poster (PDF), and a pre-recorded three-minute video summarizing your poster. Each presenter is given the opportunity to interact with and address questions from attendees through the platform's chat box. We highly encourage participating in real-time conversation with those who visit your poster during your pre-scheduled session time.

Poster presenters will be required to upload the following through the virtual platform:

  • A three-minute video in MP4 format
  • A one-page color poster PDF file

Presenters will be provided with a unique link and instructions to upload their video and poster (PDF) to the virtual platform.

Virtual Poster Session Technical Requirements:

  • Create a video to accompany your poster in which you present as if you were at an in-person poster session.
  • Aim to keep your presentation short (three minutes).
  • The video should be a narration of your findings presented on the poster and should include: (1) your project goals, (2) your main research activities, and (3) what you learned.
  • It is recommended to use PowerPoint to create your poster. For optimal display, select the Widescreen (16:9) Slide Size option in PowerPoint.

Please direct all inquiries regarding abstract and poster submission to Hana Odeh, PhD (hana.odeh@nih.gov).

If you experience any difficulty uploading and/or submitting your abstract or poster or have any questions regarding the PDW & MMR, please contact Ms. Michelle Murray at confererences@novaresearch.com.