ACB Focus 2021 Abstract Submission

Below you will find the abstract submission form for the FiLM and Focus 2021 event week taking place from 26-30 April 2021. The deadline to submit your abstract is 8 January 2021

All abstracts submitted for the Focus 2020 Belfast event will be considered for the virtual poster display of this event unless we are informed otherwise. Authors that were invited to present for awards at Focus 2020 will automatically be invited to present alongside the 2021 cohort.                                                     

Any amendments to existing abstracts may be made using the below form which will replace your previous submission.

Presenting authors will be informed in February 2021 and must then register to attend this virtual event in order to allow presentation of their poster and publication of their abstract.

 

Guidelines, information and advice

Posters on the following topics are to be presented:

  • Bone Disease & Calcium Metabolism
  • Cardiovascular
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrinology
  • Gut, Nutrition, Trace Elements
  • Paediatrics and IEM
  • Renal Disease
  • Proteins/Enzymes
  • Lipids
  • Toxicology/TDM
  • Oncology
  • Methods, Instrumentation
  • Point of Care Testing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Management
  • Miscellaneous
  • Haematology
  • Microbiology
  • Brain/CNS Biochemistry
  • Historical Perspectives


The title must not exceed 20 words and the text should be no more than 300 words. Figures and tables should NOT be included in the abstract.

Abstracts must:
 - State the specific aim of the study
 - State methods used, if pertinent
 - Summarise results obtained
 - State conclusions reached
 - Statements such as 'data will be presented' or 'results will be discussed' may lead to rejection.

During the abstract submission process, authors can also indicate whether they would like to be considered for an oral communication, one of the Poster Prizes or for the ACB Medal Award.

The Scientific Programme Committee and Editor of the Proceedings of the meeting will review all submitted abstracts. Their decision is final.

Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published in a Supplement to the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry.

 

Advice on how to write a professional poster abstract

 

Poster Guidelines

 

Clinical Cases Oral Presentation Guidelines

 

ACB Medal Award

This Award was first donated in 1971 by Miles Laboratories Limited, Ames Division and later by Bayer Diagnostics UK Limited. It was then sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics until 2010. Following a review of the Awards in 2010, a new award known as the ACB Medal Award was introduced. Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Annual National Meeting (Focus) sponsorship package from 2011 onwards.

The Award is made on the basis of an oral communication presented by a Member of the Association at the Annual National Meeting (Focus). The winner receives a silver medal and both the winner and runner-up receive a bursary. The bursaries are intended to help attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work.

The selection procedure for the award is as follows:

  • Application is by indicating on the abstract submission form that the author wishes their abstract, if accepted, to be considered for the ACB Medal Award. 
  • Applicants must be Members of the Association who are in active training (i.e. working towards, but not yet having acquired FRCPath) on the date of the competition.
  • Applicants must certify that the work, or a substantial and clearly defined part of it, is his/her own work.
  • Shortlisting and judging will be by an Award Committee, comprising the Association’s President, Past President or President Elect, Director of Publications & Communications, Director of Education, Training & Workforce and the National Meetings Secretary. A representative of the sponsoring company will be invited to join the judging panel.

Successful applicants will be informed not less than 6 weeks before the Award. At the National Meeting there will be a separate session dedicated to the Award presentations. Participants will be given 10 minutes to make their presentation with a further 5 minutes for questions. The judges on the Award Committee will look for evidence of original science that is relevant to Clinical Biochemistry. They will also look for a clear and interesting delivery, careful timing, good audio visual aids and the ability to discuss the project and answer questions. The winner and runner-up will be announced and presented with the Award at the Focus Banquet, or at the Closing Ceremony. The presentation will usually be made by a representative of the sponsoring company.

All competitors are encouraged to submit their completed study for publication in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry

ACB Poster Prizes

These prizes were initiated in 1998 by Diagnostic Products Corporation (DPC) UK Limited, the name changing to the Siemens Poster Prizes when Siemens acquired DPC. Following a review of the Awards in 2010, two new awards known as the ACB Poster Prizes were introduced for Focus 2011 onwards, one for the best poster describing a clinical case(s), the second for the best poster describing a clinical audit. There are prizes for both categories, which are intended to fund attendance at a scientific meeting, or to fund research work. Sponsorship by individual Corporate Members will be invited as part of the overall Focus sponsorship package from 2011 onwards.

The selection procedure for the Prize is as follows:

  • The competition is open to all Members of the Association displaying posters at Focus meetings, except for commercial companies and invited speakers.
  • Each applicant (who must be first author) must certify that the work, or a substantial and clearly defined part of it, is their own work.
  • Application is by indicating on the abstract submission form that the author wishes their poster, if accepted, to be considered for either of the ACB Poster Prizes.
  • If a clinical cases abstract is selected for an oral presentation, the author will be ineligible to display a poster on that same case. The author will be asked which option is their preference, oral or poster presentation.
  • Judging for the awards is carried out by representatives of the Clinical Sciences Reviews Committee (CSRC), a sub-committee of the Scientific Committee of the Association and includes discussion of the poster at the meeting.
  • Criteria for selection include:
    – Clinical cases – a clear description of the clinical presentation, presentation of the test results, appropriate interpretation of those results.
    – Preference will be given to cases with multi-disciplinary involvement, rare case studies or an unusual presentation of a more common case.
    – Clinical audit – a clear description of the area of practice, the standards/guidelines used, changes introduced and re-audit.
The winners will be announced and presented with their prizes at the Closing Ceremony. The presentations are usually made by the President of the ACB.

 

 

Abstract submission form

Use the below template to populate, save then upload your Additional authors list to the above form.

Abstract additional authors template

 

 

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