Welcome to the ICBD 2019 - Online Abstract Submission System!
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.
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:
- Life course approaches for prevention of birth defects, stillbirth and preterm birth by addressing lifestyle, infections, nutrition and contraception
- Counting birth defects: Surveillance, newborn screening, pathological evaluations and ensuring data quality
- Programs and services for improving the health of women and girls before, during and after pregnancy
- Diagnostic strategies, including genetic testing for birth defects, across the life cycle
- Treatment options and care arrangements for individuals with birth defects and disabilities
- Ensuring continuation of services from pediatric to adult care for individuals with birth defects
- Reorienting healthcare system to integrate prevention and care of birth defects
- Use of information and communication technology, media and social networking for improving birth outcomes
- The role of civil society, parent/patient organizations for birth defects prevention, advocacy and services
- Education of healthcare workers for improving the quality of maternal and newborn health services
- Networking and partnerships for birth defects related research, prevention and care
- National policies and programs for the birth defects prevention and care
- Strategies to reduce mortality and improve physical and developmental outcomes of children with birth defects
- Eliminating stigma and discrimination against persons with birth defects and disabilities
- Policy and practice implications of recent scientific and epidemiologic research related to birth defects and preterm birth
- Food fortification policies and programs for prevention of birth defects
- Addressing maternal and newborn health in humanitarian settings for improving birth outcomes
- Reducing exposure to harmful and teratogenic substances, including alcohol, drugs and medications for improving birth outcomes
Abstract Submission Guidelines:
- All abstracts must be submitted in the English language.
- If your abstract is accepted, your poster or presentation slides will need to be in English.
- Abstracts may be submitted for one of the following forms of presentation
- Oral Presentation
PowerPoint presentation to be delivered by one of the authors in the assigned scientific sessions.
- Poster Presentation
Digital panels will be provided to display the poster presentations at the conference site.
- The preference of presentation type should be indicated when submitting the abstract. However, the Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to determine whether an abstract, if accepted, should be presented as an oral or a poster presentation. Detailed information on the specific guidelines for presentation preparation, including the duration and timing of the presentation, poster dimensions, accepted file type and uploading information will be emailed to the presenter upon abstract acceptance.
- All abstracts must be submitted online through this system. The text should not exceed 350 words, not including the title. Abstracts that exceed this word limit will be rejected.
- Nonstandard abbreviations are not allowed in abstract titles. Abbreviations may be used in the body of an abstract if they are defined at their first mention in the text.
- The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors. Authors should prepare and proofread their abstracts carefully prior to submission.
- All steps on the abstract submission form must be completed
Do not include trade or brand names in your abstract
All abstracts must describe clearly the purpose and results of the research and should contain the following sections:
- Title: Descriptive title clearly identifying the subject matter of the study.
- Introduction and objectives: Clearly stated purpose, research questions or the hypothesis.
- Methods: Research design, setting, sampling criteria and statistical analysis.
- Results: Quantitative or Qualitative results in relation to the objectives.
- Conclusions: Significance and implications of the results.
You need to upload the abstract also as a MS Word document in the ICBD 2019 publication format to be included in the proceedings, when submitting the abstract online. Please click here to download the ICBD 2019 publication format.
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]