Welcome to the ICBD 2019 - Online Abstract Submission System!


General Information

We are now accepting abstracts for the 9th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World to be held from 23 - 26 October 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Submission Deadline: Abstracts will be accepted until April 30, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

Notification of Abstract Acceptance: All authors will be notified via email by June 30, 2019 (EST). Please make sure your email address is correct and up-to-date.

Registration: Once your abstract is accepted, the presenting author must register for the conference by August 15, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

Participation Support: Limited funding may be available to provide support with waiver of the registration fee and hotel accommodation for a small number of participants with accepted abstracts. To qualify for this support, the presenter must be affiliated with an organization that has its headquarters in a low- or middle- income country. The provision and amount of this support will depend on the availability of funds.

Conference Topics:
Professionals, policy makers, researchers and students working in the areas related to the theme and topics of this conference are invited to submit abstracts for consideration. The conference will be organized around the following topics, with the focus of each being on the presentation of successful best practices/models of prevention and care of birth defects and premature birth around the world:

  1. Life course approaches for prevention of birth defects, stillbirth and preterm birth by addressing lifestyle, infections, nutrition and contraception
  2. Counting birth defects: Surveillance, newborn screening, pathological evaluations and ensuring data quality
  3. Programs and services for improving the health of women and girls before, during and after pregnancy
  4. Diagnostic strategies, including genetic testing for birth defects, across the life cycle
  5. Treatment options and care arrangements for individuals with birth defects and disabilities
  6. Ensuring continuation of services from pediatric to adult care for individuals with birth defects
  7. Reorienting healthcare system to integrate prevention and care of birth defects
  8. Use of information and communication technology, media and social networking for improving birth outcomes
  9. The role of civil society, parent/patient organizations for birth defects prevention, advocacy and services
  10. Education of healthcare workers for improving the quality of maternal and newborn health services
  11. Networking and partnerships for birth defects related research, prevention and care
  12. National policies and programs for the birth defects prevention and care
  13. Strategies to reduce mortality and improve physical and developmental outcomes of children with birth defects
  14. Eliminating stigma and discrimination against persons with birth defects and disabilities
  15. Policy and practice implications of recent scientific and epidemiologic research related to birth defects and preterm birth
  16. Food fortification policies and programs for prevention of birth defects
  17. Addressing maternal and newborn health in humanitarian settings for improving birth outcomes
  18. Reducing exposure to harmful and teratogenic substances, including alcohol, drugs and medications for improving birth outcomes


Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Please note that you need to register in the abstract submission system to submit an abstract.

If you have any queries please email: [email protected]