1 American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, MD October 17-21, 2015 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Preparation Guidelines and Instructions The American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Program Committee invites you to participate in the 2015 Annual meeting through the submission of scientific abstracts for consideration for presentation. Due to current travel restraints, all individuals who require a visa to enter the United States are urged to obtain necessary papers immediately to attend the meeting upon submission of the abstract. A letter inviting any individual who wishes to attend may be obtained by request at This letter does not imply any financial support by ASRM. Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the online Submitter program which will be available February 6, 2015, at the following Web address: Final Date for Submission of Abstracts: May 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (Technical support will not be provided after 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time). Instructions All abstracts and video summaries must be submitted electronically via the abstract/video submission site and not by fax or . Abstracts or videos regarding human reproductive cloning will not be considered or accepted. The abstract must contain original work, not published, presented at a meeting of another national or international scientific organization, or submitted for publication at the time of this submission. Abstracts submitted must contain original work. Abstracts must be approved or exempted by the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) with jurisdiction or equivalent if any human subjects or any human materials were utilized. A separate disclosure (included in the online Abstract Submitter) of medically related commercial and financial relationships must be completed for each individual author. Include each authors first name, initial, last name, degree(s), and address on their disclosure page. Notifications regarding acceptance/rejection will be ed to the authors beginning June If you do not receive notification of the status of your abstract by July 1, 2015, call Technical Support: USA: or technical support at All decisions by the Scientific Program Committee are final. Dates and times of presentations cannot be changed. All presentations are in English.
2 Authors assume complete responsibility for the data at the time of submission. Last date to withdraw abstracts accepted for presentation without incurring a penalty: August 15, 2015 Penalty: Authors whose abstracts are accepted for oral or poster presentation who fail to present their work, fail to have it presented by a co-author, or withdraw their abstracts after August 15, 2015, will not have abstracts considered for presentation at the ASRM Annual Meeting for the following two years. ASRM reserves the right to impose additional sanctions on other parties (including corporate and other sponsors of research projects) for improper withdrawal of abstracts. Exceptions will be considered if the ASRM is given prompt notification for extreme, unforeseen circumstances. Submission of an abstract for consideration for presentation implies that the presenting author intends to attend the meeting to present his/her work. All authors agree to abide by ASRM policies pertaining to submission, publication and presentation of abstracts. To Submit an Abstract: 1. Review the submission instructions below, including the information on awards. 2. Go to 3. Create and enter a personal user name and password. 4. Complete your ASRM 2015 Disclosure 5. Click the link to the Scientific Abstract Submission Program Remain logged on while completing the abstract submission sections. 8. Save your work as you complete each section. You can return to your password-protected abstract at a later time for editing, until you proof and submit the abstract. 9. Review a printed copy of your abstract (keep the copy for your file) and make changes in the online program before you submit it. No changes can be made to the title, authors or body of the abstract after the abstract is submitted/finalized. 10. Submit/Finalize the abstract. Abstract Award Criteria: For an abstract to be considered for any award, one author must be a member in good standing of the ASRM. An abstract may receive more than one award. ASRM prize awards will be announced and the recipients will be recognized during the Awards/Closing Ceremony, Wednesday, October 21, Oral presentations: Candidates for two Scientific Program Prizes will be selected by the Scientific Program Committee from all abstracts submitted to the meeting regardless of designation of group for initial review. These oral presentations will be judged at the meeting and selection will be determined by the Scientific Program Prize Paper Committee. The presenters of the two Scientific Program Prize papers will be awarded: $1, One-year free ASRM membership Free registration for ASRM 2015 Annual meeting, in Baltimore, MD.
3 Poster presentations: Posters must be put up on the appropriate boards on Sunday afternoon, October 18th, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Monday morning, October 19th, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and must be left in place for the entire meeting. Posters will be judged by the Scientific Program Committee for prize awards. The awards are: First Prize: $ Second Prize: $ Third Prize: $ In-Training Travel Awards These awards are made possible through the generous support of the ASRM Board of Directors and the ASRM Corporate Member Council. Awards $1,500 USD to trainee abstract presenters from the United States $2,000 USD to trainee abstract presenters from countries other than the United States* Eligibility Awardee must be an undergraduate, graduate, medical or allied health professions student, postdoctoral trainee, or clinical resident or fellow. Awardee must be the first and presenting author of the abstract. Abstract must have been selected for oral or poster presentation in the ASRM 2015 Scientific Program. Application Applicants must check the box on the abstract submission site indicating their desire to be considered for an award. By June 1, 2015, applicants must submit a curriculum vitae, including current educational program. Instructions on how to submit materials will be included on the Abstract submission website. Awardees will be notified by by July 1, Payment will be made at the time of the Annual Meeting. Applications will be reviewed by the ASRM Research Committee. Selection will be based on scientific merit of the abstract and qualifications of the presenter. *Residents of the following countries are NOT eligible for the international awards: Andorra, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, Channel Islands, China, Croatia, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faeroe Islands, Finland, France, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guam, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Rep. St. Kitts and Nevis, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, St. Martin, Sweden, Switzerland, The Hong Kong SAR, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom,and Virgin Islands (U.S.). ASRM Nurse Research Awards A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to up to 10 nurses for oral or poster abstracts submitted in the Nursing category. Each recipient must be both a licensed nursing professional and the first author of the submitted
4 work in order to qualify. The abstract must be selected for either oral or poster presentation. Abstracts will be evaluated by the corresponding abstract grading committee based on originality, experimental design, quality, presentation and significance. The winners will be notified prior to the meeting. Candidates who wish to be considered for this award must check the ASRM Nurse Research Award check box in the online Abstract Submitter and a curriculum vitae or biosketch to Resident In-Training Award: This award will recognize the presenter of an exceptional abstract who is currently a resident in training in the field of obstetrics and gynecology or urology. Candidates who wish their abstract to be considered for this award must check the Resident In-Training Award check box in the online Abstract Submitter. The awardee will receive: $ One-year free ASRM membership Free registration for ASRM 2015 Annual meeting, in Baltimore, MD. In-Training Awards for Research: Five In-Training Awards for Research will be granted in recognition of outstanding research conducted by individuals who are in-training. Candidates who wish their abstract to be considered for one of these awards must check the In-Training Award for Research check box in the online Abstract Submitter. He/she must be the presenting author (first) and must be a medical student, resident, fellow or undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student. Each awardee will receive: $ One-year free ASRM membership Free registration for ASRM 2016 Annual meeting, in Salt Lake City, UT SRS In-Training Awards for Research: Three (3) SRS In-Training Awards for research will be granted. The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding research conducted by individuals in-training. Candidates who wish their abstract to be considered for one of these awards must check the SRS In-Training Award for Research check box in the online Abstract Submitter and must submit their abstract to the Reproductive Surgery category. He/she must be the presenting author (first), must be a medical student, resident, fellow or undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral student, and must attend ASRM 2015 in Baltimore and present the abstract. Each awardee will receive: $ One-year free ASRM and SRS membership Free registration for ASRM 2015 Annual meeting, in Baltimore, MD. SMRU Traveling Scholars Award Program: The objective of this award is to provide an opportunity for trainees to learn more about the field of male infertility by attending educational activities at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). Awardees will receive reimbursement of up to $1,500 in travel expenses to attend the meeting which will be held in Baltimore, MD from October 17-21, Awards Registration fee waived for the scientific sessions of the ASRM meeting. Registration fee waived for the SMRU Postgraduate Course.
5 Registration fee waived for one Roundtable Luncheon. Registration fee waived for the SMRU banquet. Eligibility and Application Applicants must be trainees in the field of male infertility, or trainees who are considering entering the field of male infertility. Trainees may include residents, fellows, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows. Applicants must be the first author of an abstract submitted to the Traveling Scholars Section of the ASRM online abstract submission website. To receive reimbursement for travel costs, awardees must attend the SMRU Postgraduate Course as well as special interest sessions on each day of the ASRM meeting. Applications must include an application form, CV, letter of recommendation from the trainee s mentor and a statement of career goals. Instructions on how to send these items will be included on the Abstract submission website. Completed application materials must be received by May 4, Prior to submitting an application, applicants and mentors should ensure the applicant s availability to participate in the SMRU Traveling Scholars Program. Failure of an awardee to present his/her abstract, or failure of an awardee to attend SMRU sponsored activities, without a legitimate medical excuse, will result in penalties to the awardee and/or mentor, including denial of travel reimbursement to the awardee and/or denial of applications from the mentor s program for a period of two years. Preference will be given to applicants in their earlier years of training, however, applicants in their senior years of training also will be considered. Applicants not currently in the field of male infertility, but who are considering entering this field, also will be considered. Affiliated Societies: The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons, and the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology will select prize papers for an award of $ each. Professional and Special Interest Groups: Several of these groups select prize papers for cash awards. GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: A. Content 1. Abstracts must adequately describe the research performed so that the quality, originality, and completeness of the work can be evaluated. Only structured abstracts with the following headings can be submitted. Failure to follow the proper format will disqualify the abstract for grading and consideration. a. Objective: An introductory sentence indicating the objective and purpose of the study b. Design: A briefly worded description of the study design
6 c. Materials and Methods: A description of experimental procedures including applicable statistical evaluation d. Results: A summary of the new, previously unpublished data and results e. Conclusions: A statement of the study s conclusions f. Support: Identify all sources of financial support for the research or state "None" if appropriate. 2. Abbreviations used in abstracts must be defined. Abbreviations are permitted in titles if they immediately follow the term being abbreviated and are enclosed in parentheses. If used in the text, they should be defined at first mention if not already defined in the title. 3. ACCME guidelines require generic names be used for pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices. The trade name of the particular product used in a study may be included in parentheses the first time the product is referenced. The trade name may be used if the product is the only one of its general type and use of the generic name would encumber the reader. 4. In the abstract, list the presenting author first. Search and add each author using by their last name and/or address. If you are not able to find an author using the search feature, please click the provided link to enter a new author. New authors first name, initial, last name and affiliation should be entered in upper and lower case, in italics, not in bold. The authors names will be printed in the program exactly as submitted. Please use the same author information for every abstract on which an author appears. 5. Do not identify individuals in the title or abstract body. Doing so will result in the abstract being disqualified. 6. Bold the title and type it in all CAPS. 7. Abstract size limits (NEW): The title, authors, author affiliations and body text of the abstract are limited to a total of 2700 characters, which may include one table. Authors may distribute the characters among these 4 items as they choose. Inclusion of a table will replace 320 characters. Figures and/or graphics are not permitted and will be deleted. 8. In the online abstract submitter, provide a completed, separate Disclosure Declaration for every author. The disclosure and submission authors first name, last name, and address must match exactly. 9. Presentation Preference: Select Poster Only if you wish your abstract to be considered for poster presentation only. 10. If you are a fellow in training in an ABOG-approved fellowship program leading to Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility certification and you are submitting your abstract to either the REI: Clinical or REI: Research category, please select Yes under the Fellow In-Training, in an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology approved program question on the Questionnaire page 11. If the results will be submitted for presentation as a scientific abstract (oral or poster) and the methodology will be submitted as a video, please select Yes under the Data Submitted for Separate Abstract & Video Consideration area of the Questionnaire page. Note: The two presentations cannot be identical and will be reviewed for duplication. 12. Check I accept complete responsibility for the data at the time of submission. 13. If appropriate, select The abstract has been approved by a local Institutional Review Board (IRB) or equivalent if human subjects or any human materials were utilized.
7 14. Check This abstract was not previously published or presented if the abstract contains original work. The work has not been 1) presented at a meeting of another national or international scientific organization prior to this meeting, or 2) submitted for publication at the time of submission to ASRM. 15. When you have completed the abstract submission process, print a copy of your abstract and keep it for future reference. 16. Review a printed copy of your abstract and make final revisions before you submit it. No changes can be made to the title, authors or body of the abstract after it is submitted. 17. Review and selection of abstracts: Abstracts will be reviewed by the Program Committee and selected for inclusion in the program on the basis of scientific content and significance to the field of reproductive medicine. Reviewers will consider the following criteria in their evaluations: Score Criteria 1. Originality 0-2 None 1-4 Many other well-designed studies 3-7 A modest number of other similar studies 5-7 Few similar studies 7-10 Unique 2. Clarity of Writing 0 Unintelligible 1-2 Difficult to understand, does not adhere to structured design 3-4 Can understand the majority, but spelling and grammatical errors impede interpretation 5-6 Can understand most, but numerous spelling or grammatical errors 7-8 Can understand most with few spelling or grammatical errors 9-10 Clear, grammatically correct, no spelling errors 3. Study Design a. Clinical Study 0-2 Case report or series with N<6 3-4 Retrospective, no controls 5-6 Retrospective, historical or case control 7-8 Prospective without randomization 9-10 Prospective, randomized controlled trial b. Basic Research Study 0-3 Poorly designed or executed with inadequate controls 4-6 Some deficiencies in design with some merit 7-10 Well designed and executed with appropriate controls and interventions 4. Sample Size 0-3 Inadequate sample size to allow conclusions
8 4-6 Questionable sample size 7-10 Provides statistical justification of sample size and meets sample size requirements 5. Data Analysis and Conclusions 0-3 Inadequate analysis; conclusions not supported by data 4-6 Deficient analysis; conclusions partially related to data 7-10 Appropriate analysis; conclusions supported by data 6. Significance 0-3 Little if any significance; does not advance the field 4-6 Modest contribution to the field; advances the field modestly 7-10 Important contribution to the field B. Author Identification Include presenting (first) authors : 1) full name (family names and given names) and degree(s), 2) addresses for abstract acceptance notifications, 3) mailing address, 4) and telephone and fax numbers. Please use the same author information for every abstract on which an author appears. C. Poster or Oral Presentation Case reports and retrospective case studies will not be considered for oral presentation unless the findings are of extraordinary importance. Abstracts will be considered for oral presentation unless the author designates Poster Only in the box provided. Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be considered for poster presentation. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in length followed by five minutes of discussion. PowerPoint and the use of LCD projection (no 2 X 2 slides) will be supported. Audio-visual instructions will be available on the ASRM Web site, prior to the meeting. Presenters may submit their presentations prior to leaving for the meeting to a link included in the audio-visual instructions. Poster board surface areas are 4 ft x 6 ft (1.22 m x 1.83 m). Poster preparation instructions will be available on the ASRM Web site, prior to the meeting. Posters must be put up on the appropriate boards on Sunday afternoon, October 18th, between 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Monday morning, October 19th, between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and must be left in place for the entire meeting. Posters are to be taken down by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. ASRM cannot be responsible for removing or returning posters. Posters left on the boards after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon will be discarded. D. Oral/Poster Session Selection The online Abstract Submitter will require you to select ONE category from among the categories listed and ONE topic from the topics listed. If selected for oral presentation, the abstract will be presented in a session supported by the group noted beside the categories. Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be grouped by topic.
9 Abstract committees comprised of individuals from the appropriate affiliated group will review and score all abstracts submitted and recommend abstracts for presentation during the Annual Meeting to the Scientific Program Committee. All decisions by the Scientific Program Committee are final. No changes can be made regarding date/time of presentations. Failure to follow instructions will result in the abstract not being considered for presentation. Abstract Categories: 1. Androgen Excess 2. Clinical Female Infertility and Gynecology 3. Contraception 4. Cryopreservation and Frozen Embryo Transfer Clinical: ART 5. Cryopreservation and Frozen Embryo Transfer Laboratory/Basic: ART 6. Endometriosis 7. Environment and Reproduction 8. Fertility Preservation 9. Fibroids 10. Genetic Counseling 11. Health Disparities 12. Imaging and Reproductive Medicine 13. Male Factor: ART 14. Male Reproduction and Urology: Clinical 15. Male Reproduction and Urology: Research 16. Male Reproduction and Urology: SMRU Traveling Scholars 17. Menopause 18. Mental Health 19. Nursing 20. Nutrition 21. Other: ART - Clinical 22. Other: ART Laboratory/Basic 23. Outcome Predictors-Clinical: ART 24. Outcome Predictors-Lab: ART 25. Ovarian Stimulation: ART 26. Ovarian Stimulation High Responders: ART 27. Ovarian Stimulation Poor Responders: ART 28. Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology 29. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 30. Procedures and Techniques-Clinical: ART 31. Procedures and Techniques-Laboratory: ART 32. Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Biology 33. Reproductive Biology: Animal and Experimental Studies 34. Reproductive Biology: Human Studies 35. Reproductive Endocrinology: Clinical 36. Reproductive Endocrinology: Research
10 37. Reproductive Immunology 38. Reproductive Laboratory Technology 39. Sexuality 40. Reproductive Surgery Abstract Topics: 1. ART- In Vitro Fertilization 2. ART-Other 3. Cancer 4. Contraception/Family Planning 5. Cryopreservation 6. Embryo Biology 7. Embryo Culture 8. Embryo Transfer 9. Endometriosis 10. Endometrium 11. Environment and Toxicology 12. Female Reproductive Endocrinology 13. Female Reproductive Surgery 14. Female Reproductive Tract 15. Fertility Preservation 16. Fertilization 17. Genetic Counseling 18. Imaging 19. Implantation 20. Leiomyoma 21. Luteal Phase Support 22. Male Factor 23. Male Reproductive Endocrinology 24. Male Reproductive Urology 25. Menopause 26. Mental Health 27. Nursing 28. Obesity and Metabolism 29. Oocyte Biology 30. Oocyte Maturation 31. Ovarian Function 32. Ovarian Reserve 33. Ovarian Stimulation 34. Oxidative Stress 35. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 36. Practice Management
11 37. Pregnancy Loss and Termination 38. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis 39. Reproductive Hormones 40. Reproductive Immunology 41. Sexuality 42. Sperm Biology 43. Sperm Preparation 44. Stem Cells 45. Testis Electronic Submission Web Address: Available online February 6, 2015 Technical assistance at Coe-Truman International, LLC OASIS C4A Phone: (within the U.S.) * *8:00AM 5:00 PM Central Time USA, Monday Friday
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