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 & deadlines

Submit your e-poster or multimedia video for pre-conference judging and review HERE.

Deadline extended to Sunday Oct. 15th, 5pm ET.


Abstract submission deadline: September 1, 2017
confirmation of abstract acceptance: September 11, 2017
Electronic poster/multimedia-video submission deadline: October 15, 2017
poster session & networking reception: november 7, 2017

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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.


Abstract submissions

Abstracts are 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 and should use the submission template.

Instructions for preparing your abstract:

  • Download the abstract template
  • 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

How do I submit my e-poster or multimedia video?

Electronic versions of your poster or video presentation should be submitted as JPG/PDF/PPT(X), or MOV/MP4/AVI, respectively.
Submission deadline extended to October 15th, 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, which will be fixed to the board using pushpins, supplied on site. Please 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 are available upon request.

Multimedia-Video presentation 

Video specifications

Video should be no more than 4 minutes in length, and 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

An “Elevator Pitch” video is your opportunity to tell the audiencewho 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.

Kids Brain Health and CHILD-BRIGHT wish to highlight many of our young researchers from across both networks.  As part of this we invite everyone submitting an abstract to also submit an optional “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 September 1st 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.

Electronic Poster/Multimedia Video Submission 

Deadline October 15, 2017 

Once an abstract has been accepted, posters and multimedia/video presentations should be prepared in advance for electronic submission and review by the adjudication team. Please submit your poster in either PDF or PPT formats, while video files can be submitted in either MOV/MP4/WMV/AVI formats

Presenter Selection Criteria

Due to limited space, we must evaluate the submissions and select from among the abstracts those that best reflect the conference vision for translational and clinical developmental neurosciences as well as community and stakeholder engagement in research. 

Applicants will receive confirmation of abstract acceptance to present a poster or Multimedia-video by September 11, 2017, once approved, an electronic copy of the poster/multimedia video is to be submitted by October 15th for review. We will notify all presenters of their scheduled presentation prior to the conference. Selected finalists will be evaluated during the Poster Session for a poster award on November 7th.  Awards will be given to the top presentations in each Theme category.


Onsite Poster setup

Poster setup will be arranged on the morning(s) of Monday November 6th and Tuesday November 7th (from 7AM–12PM).
Come to the registration desk with your poster during one of these two periods and you will be escorted to the space assigned for your display.

For further details on the information outlined above
feel free to contact us.