We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to the National Acute Pain Symposium 2017. All submitted abstracts will be displayed in our Poster Exhibition. The poster displays are hugely popular, and the number of submissions doubled last year. The National Acute Pain Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams to share their ideas and experiences and also to have their work acknowledged.
Please submit your abstract via our website (link at the bottom of the page) by midnight on Sunday the 25th June 2017. Please note that registration is required for at least one author of each poster and expenses associated with submissions, and presentations, are the responsibility of the authors.
1. Please submit the presenting author's name and contact details including
-Work and mobile phone number
-Affiliation details: department, hospital, town, county and country
-Co-author/s' names, email address and affiliation details.
The winners’ abstracts will be submitted to the British Journal of Pain, it is very important that the above is recorded correctly, particularly names and co-authors. We cannot alter this once it has been submitted for publication.
2. Abstract title - limited to 25 words
The title should make it instantly clear what the poster is about. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms. Try to make it snappy and attention grabbing in order to make your work stand out.
3. Abstract text – limited to 500 words
Poster abstracts must be submitted in English with accurate spelling and of a quality suitable for publication.
One table can be included in abstracts. Please do not include illustrations/figures but they may appear on the poster.
Please note abstracts should be formatted in a word document.
The poster itself should be formatted in PDF or Powerpoint format.
No identifying features (such as hospital name) may be listed in the title or text of the abstract.
Abstracts should clearly state the:
Aim and Objectives
There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit.
All abstract submitters must agree and confirm the following upon submission:
that you are the sole owner and/or have the rights of all the information and content provided to NAPS. The publication of the abstract (if chosen by the judges) does not infringe any third party rights including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights. Submission of the abstract constitutes your consent to print and/or electronic publication of your abstract (e.g. meeting website, programme etc). Therefore it is important to let us know if the abstract has been published or presented at any other meeting prior to the NAPS meeting
a declaration that you have received ethical committee approval/exemption for your study or that no ethical review is required
that you will disclose any conflict of interests in your poster and/or oral presentation at the Symposium.
5. Abstract selection and presentation
This year all abstract authors shall be invited to display their posters at the National Acute Pain Symposium in Harrogate on the 14th and 15th September 2017.
All submitted abstracts shall also be entered into a competition. The abstracts shall be peer-reviewed and judged on both quality and originality prior to the event (see below). A 'blind' selection process will be used. Notification regarding abstract winners and scheduling shall be sent to the presenting author. Author(s) of the three best abstracts shall be invited to give a 10 minute oral presentation of their work at the conference, the time will be notified. The three awardees shall receive one free registration per poster to the 2018 conference.
You are responsible for the data accuracy and ensuring you have permission to publicise this in a public conference.
All submitted abstracts shall be published on the NAPS website. The winners, and any highly recommended abstracts, shall be submitted for publication in the British Journal of Pain.
6. Judging Criteria
1. The topic of the study represents an important or emerging area of science or clinical practice relevant to acute pain.
2. The background provides sufficient rationale for pursuing the study questions
3. A clearly stated objective and/or testable hypothesis is presented
4. The study design is strong and appropriate for testing this hypothesis or fulfilling the study objective
5. The results are clearly presented and appear sound based upon the data collected
6. The discussion reflects a responsible and scientifically credible understanding of the results
7. The conclusions are consistent with the hypothesis being tested or study objective.
7. Layout of your poster
Please print your poster on A0 sized poster paper. All posters must be portrait style. This will allow sufficient room on your display board for any additional handouts you may like to add.
The aim is to tell a story that is clear and could inspire others. It should communicate all the key points you want to get across without any additional explanation.
The following guidelines are recommended for best display of your poster:
Include the title and all authors at the top
Poster fonts should be readable from up to five feet away
The main conclusions should be concise and understandable
Keep text as brief as possible
Use section headings to make key messages on your poster stand out
Ideas should flow from section to section in a logical manner
Pictures and diagrams add visual interest to your poster
The viewer should gain new knowledge or insight by visiting your poster
Adding your email address or Twitter handle gives people the option to get in touch if they want to know more about your work.
We will open the poster hall to all poster presenters from 1600 hrs, Wednesday 13 September. Our team will be on hand to direct you to the correct board.
You do not need to bring anything to attach your poster to the display board, we will provide fasteners for this. You are welcome to bring handouts and/or business cards with a sleeve or something similar and fasten this to your display board.
All posters will be displayed on both conference days, Thursday 14th and Friday 15th September 2017. Main poster viewing times will be at registration, lunch and break times. We recommend, whenever possible, you are with your poster at these times to answer any questions from attendees and increase the awareness of your work.
The following submission process and poster declaration will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.
Step 1: Please complete the poster declaration via the submit button. If the browser will not support the form please do try and complete from home or on a different browser.
Step 2: Please upload your abstract via the upload button and add the chosen file.
Step 3: Please add your email address.
Step 4: There is a comments box, should you wish to add anything.
Step 5: Once you have completed this process click send and you will receive a message saying 'Done'.
Please do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0)115 9333811 should you experience any difficulty
Abstract submission deadline 2017-06-25