Call for Abstracts - National Symposium on Evidence Synthesis for Medicine, Public Health and Social Development

The George Institute for Global Health and Campbell Collaboration are inviting abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the ‘National Symposium on Evidence Synthesis for Medicine, Public Health and Social Development’ to be held on April 10-12, 2019 in New Delhi.

Abstract Submission is now closed.

Topics can include medical, public health and social and economic development. All forms of evidence synthesis research such as reviews, maps, and so on- are welcome on clinical, public health topics as well as all developmentally-oriented topics such as education, child rights, climate change, crime and justice, urban and infrastructure development, rural and agricultural development, social work, and financial services. We also welcome methodological and knowledge translation work related to evidence syntheses.

Abstracts should be related to at least one of the topics listed below. Applicants should choose the topic that most closely matches the theme of their abstract. Abstracts should be submitted through an online system. Authors are encouraged to submit more than one abstract for the conference but no single individual will be allowed more than two presentations (of any type).

Key dates:

  • Last date for abstract submission: 28 Feb 2019
  • Abstract acceptance notification: 08 March 2019
  • Announcement of scholarships: 11 Mar 2019
  • Last date of registration for presenters:15 Mar 2019

List of topic areas for abstracts:

1) Evidence synthesis methods and processes

  1. Research on Rapid Reviews, Rapid Evidence Assessments
  2. Systematic reviews, meta-analysis,
  3. Network meta-analysis
  4. Evidence gap-maps
  5. Synthesis of economic evaluation studies
  6. Clinical Practice Guidelines
  7. Equity considerations in evidence synthesis
  8. Evidence synthesis in health technology assessments

2) Evidence synthesis and health policy

  1. Universal Health Coverage,
  2. Health Financing & Health Insurance
  3. Capacity building for evidence synthesis
  4. Stakeholder involvement in evidence synthesis
  5. Knowledge translation for evidence syntheses

3). Other topics

Review, acceptance, notification and final inclusion in the conference programme:

a) Review: All abstracts will be peer-reviewed and adjudged based on a final decision by members of the Symposium Scientific Committee.

b) Abstract acceptance and notifications: For oral/poster submission the abstract’s primary contact will receive an email notification indicating the abstract’s acceptance or rejection.

c) Final inclusion in the conference program: The primary presenter of accepted abstracts must be registered for the conference to confirm the final inclusion. Abstracts which do not fulfil this requirement will be withdrawn from the program.

Abstracts review and scoring criteria:

1) Appropriateness to the conference theme(s): The concept of the abstract should be appropriate to the conference theme(s). Articles not related to conference themes will be summarily rejected

2) Original and innovative contribution: Abstracts with original and innovative ideas will be given a higher score, particularly those developing or enhancing novel concepts, approaches or methodologies, tools or technologies.

3) Scientific/ Methodological rigour

Abstract submission guidelines 

  • Abstract must be in the English Language (use English (India) in MS Word), and should have the following structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion, Source of Funding and Conflict of Interests
  • The title must not exceed 100 characters, with no abbreviations and the beginning of each word capitalized.
  • The abstract text must not exceed 500 words (including introduction, methods, results and conclusions, source of funding; conflicts of interests).
  • Title, authors and affiliated authors are not included in the word count.
  • All abbreviations must be defined at first mention
  • The word ‘percent’ must be used rather than %
  • Confidence Intervals should be defined at first mention (i.e. Confidence Interval (95% CI: 0.33 – 2.4) and then stated as 95% CI thereafter)
  • All numbers less than 1 should have a 0 in front e.g. p< 0.001
  • For numeric lists Arabic letters in parentheses should be used (i.e. (i), (ii), (iii))
  • Numbers up to 100 should be spelled out and for 100 and over given as numerals. Units of time and measurement should be given as numerals. Dates must be in form of 8 June 1960 and not 8/6/60 or 6/8/60. Currency should be given using currency abbreviations (see www.xe.com/iso4217.php) and must always include a conversion to INR in parentheses after the local currency (i.e. INR ___).
  • No Tables, Figures and Charts are allowed as part of abstracts
  • No references allowed