Poster and networking session

On Tuesday, November 7th, from 5:00–7:00PM, all conference attendees including patients, families, trainees, staff, and faculty, are invited to attend our Poster and Networking Session. The aim is to share research and community involvement activities and meet those working in a range of environments including the lab, the clinic, or at home.

Important dates and quick links

August 18th - Abstract submission due

We are excited to invite individuals interested in presenting work using a poster format or a multimedia presentation for display during the conference. The Poster and Networking Session will provide an ideal venue for multidisciplinary health professionals, researchers, and youth/families to illustrate the extensive and innovative activities that are focused on brain-based developmental disabilities from laboratory, clinical, and community perspectives.

To meet the mission and theme of this year’s conference, the Selection Committee hopes to bring the focus of everyone’s work to be generally accessible for all audiences attending the conference: from seasoned researchers to knowledgeable caregivers and family members. Thus, we strongly recommend that abstracts and scientific posters are adapted to provide more broadly accessible knowledge. Consider providing an overview of your work, building layers of information that guide the audience to the questions you seek to answer, and helping the audience understand why this project matters to the “big picture.”

We are particularly interested in receiving submissions that address the following themes:

  • Basic Research: A research project that focuses on modelling neurodevelopmental disabilities to elucidate underlying mechanisms or test putative interventions.
  • Clinical Research: A research project undertaken in a pediatric population with a focus on improving neurodevelopmental health outcomes by investigating novel interventions or innovations to clinical practice.
  • Community Involvement: A project focusing on improving health outcomes that involves youth and families in concert with a community organization
  • Patient-oriented research: A project that demonstrates patient-oriented principles, both in the content of the project and by involving families and/or young people in the design, evaluation, and dissemination of the project.

How do I become a presenter?

Participants interested in presenting a poster or displaying a multimedia video presentation (i.e. 4-minute format video) at the Poster and Networking Reception, are asked to submit an abstract.

We are also encouraging (not required) all presenters to submit an “Elevator Pitch” video (2-minute long) to introduce yourself and your work in an easily shared format.  

For those trainees interested in giving a talk in the “From Data to Discovery to Impact” Young Researcher Talks (on November 7 & 8th), the Elevator Pitch video is a requirement and will serve as part of your application/audition along with your abstract for subsequent webinar presentation competition.


What's an abstract?

An abstract is a summary of the process or main findings of your work and provide an outline of what will be presented in your poster or multimedia-video. The abstract may be a maximum of 350 words.

Instructions for preparing your abstract:

  • Download the abstract template (see button below)
  • Use lay/plain language and avoid abbreviations, as much as possible,
  • Highlight the questions you seek to answer, how you address them, and what you want your audience to learn.
  • Emphasize how your work relates to the community and population of interest


Listen to Kids Brain Health Network webinar

Thursday July 20th 6:00pm - 7:30pm ET

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How do I submit?

Abstracts must be submitted in Word format using the template provided.
Must be submitted by August 18th, 2017

Once your abstract has been accepted, you will have 2 presentation formats to choose from:

POSTER presentation

Poster specifications

Poster boards will be able to accommodate a 42”x 48” poster. Posters will be fixed to the board using pushpins, supplied on site. Please remember to identify your funding sources on your poster; this especially includes Kids Brain Health/CHILD-BRIGHT funded projects and research fellows. Network logos and/or a full-size poster template (in PowerPoint format) are available upon request

Multimedia-Video presentation 

Video specifications

Video should be no more than 4 minutes in length, should include a Title and Author frame, as well as acknowledgment of any supporting resources and partners engaged for your work. Files should be submitted in either MOV or MP4 file formats.

2-minute Elevator pitch details

An “Elevator Pitch” video is your opportunity to tell the audience, who you are, describe the work you do or question(s) you are studying, why it is important, and how this may have an impact in children’s lives.

We invite everyone submitting an abstract to also submit an “Elevator Pitch” video (2-minutes max. length) that we may share at the conference (during Health breaks and between sessions).

Elevator Pitch Video Submissions are due August 18th and should be made at the same time of submission of your abstracts, especially if you are interested in being considered for the Young Researcher talks.

More details coming soon. For further details on the information outlined above, feel free to contact us.