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ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting Abstract Submission System

Trauma and Complexity: From Self to Cells
November 9-11, 2017, Pre-Meeting Institutes November 8
Palmer House Hilton Hotel
chicago, Illinois, USA


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  • For each co-author you will need: Full name, email, designation/degree, institution/affiliation, phone number, institution address, city, state, country.  
  • Please ensure all email addresses for all participants are correct. For any co-authors that are also presenting, chairing or acting as a discussant, you will also need a current CV.
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Presentation Guidelines

Presentation Types:

Pre-Meeting Institute (PMI)
Institutes are full or half day sessions that provide opportunities for intensive training on topics integral to the conference program, presented by leaders in the field. Submissions must specify the level of presentation (introductory, intermediate, or advanced) and summarize the evidence for the material to be presented. Priority will be given to courses that present material for which there is clear empirical support.

Session that includes a group of 4 sequential presentations, each related to the overall theme of the symposium. Submission includes a brief outline of the overall submission topic, along with separate submission of the component parts of the symposium. NOTE: For 2017 symposia are required to include 4 presentations, from a minimum of 2 representing institutions. The Program Chairs strongly recommend that presenters from multiple institutions be represented in the symposium.

Panel Presentation
Session that includes 3-5 participants including an optional discussant discussing a common theme, issue or question. Panels may include short statements during which panelists outline diverse or similar approaches to the same question. Panels are typically more interactive than symposia, involving active discussion among the panelists.

Workshop Presentation
Instructional session that aims to help participants increase their understanding and skill in a particular area of interest. Such sessions may include active involvement of the audience. Priority will be given to workshops that present material for which there is clear empirical support.

Case Study Presentation
Sessions that use material from a single or a set of cases to illustrate clinical, theoretical, or policy issues. These sessions may involve the audience in discussion of the case material presented.

Paper Presentation
Individual presentations of no more than 15 minutes on a topic related to traumatic stress, typically including the presentation of research data.

Poster Presentation
Individual presentation in a poster format on a topic related to traumatic stress, typically including the presentation of research data.

Multi-Media Presentation
Session involving presentation of a segment of film, video, music, drama, literature, artwork, or other forms of media relevant to traumatic stress, along with discussion.

Participation Limits (Two Submissions Per Person):
To promote participation by a wide range of presenters, individuals are limited to two abstracts being submitted that indicate they have a presenting role. Sessions in which an individual acts in multiple roles (e.g. presenter and chair and/or discussant) count once. This limit does not include keynote, plenary addresses, Pre-Meeting Institutes or poster presentations. Also, it does not include abstracts indicating a co-authorship role only and oral presentations in which the individual’s only roles is as a non-presenting chair or discussant.


  • Presentations should be original contributions and that any presentations concerning work that has been presented elsewhere should provide new information or a new perspective relative to the previous presentation(s).
  • Publication of the work, such as in a journal, prior to the date of abstract submission (not the abstract submission deadline) is prohibited. This policy applies to symposia presentations, panels, and cases, but does not apply to training sessions (workshops and PMIs) or forums, which may replicate presentations at other conferences or past ISTSS meetings, largely unchanged.
  • Proposal descriptions must be sufficiently detailed to allow the relevance, originality and feasibility to be judged.
  • Incomplete proposals (draft status) will not be considered.

Participant Roles:

Contact Roles:

  • Submitter: The person who submits an abstract; may or may not have any other role in relation to the abstract.
  • Primary ContactThe primary author on the abstract is automatically designated as the primary contact and they will receive email communication regarding the abstract.
  • Administrative Contact: Optional non-participant who will receive email communication from us about the abstract.
Participant: Anyone associated with an abstract other than a submitter or administrative contact.
  • Speaker: A presenter or discussant.
  • Presenter: A speaker who will be making a formal presentation of content as outlined in an abstract.
  • Discussant: A speaker who will not be making a formal presentation but only participating in comment or discussion.
Author: Any person involved in developing the content of a presentation. Authors are either primary author or co-author.  May or may not also be a presenter.
  • Primary Author:  The lead person involved in developing the content of a presentation.  Each presentation should have one and only one primary author. May or may not be the primary contact. May or may not also be a presenter.
  • Co-Author: Any author other than the primary author.  May or may not also be a presenter.

Roles associated with symposium abstract type:

  • Chairperson:  The participant responsible for organizing a symposium.
  • Symposium Part Primary Contact:  Symposium Part Primary Contact: The participant who is responsible for organizing the submission of one part of a symposium.
Important Dates:

Submission Deadline March 21, 2017  5:00PM CDT
Submission Notification End of July 2017
Abstract Presenter Registration Deadline October 15, 2017
Presentation Dates November 8-11, 2017

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For questions regarding the ISTSS 33rd Annual Meeting, please contact:

Michael Hagedorn
Program Director

Phone: 1-847-686-2388