Call for Abstracts


Meeting of the Minds (MotM) 2024 – November 8 and 9, 2024 – Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

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Award Details
Oral presentation at the annual, national Meeting of the Minds conference on Saturday, November 9, 2024 (15 minutes presentation plus 5 minutes Q&A)
  • Air and/or ground transfer travel expenses plus 2 nights’ accommodation at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel
  • Complimentary registration to attend Meeting of the Minds 2024
  • MDs: Must currently be in an advanced IBD Fellowship and/or within 5 years of completing training in a Royal College accredited GI fellowship 
  • PhDs: Must have completed PhD in an IBD-related field, i.e., immunology, biochemistry, molecular biology not more than 5 years ago

General Information
The deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday, September 3, 2024 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. This deadline will be strictly enforced and NO EXCEPTIONS will be made. All abstracts must be submitted by email to

Preparing the Submission
Abstracts must be submitted in English, and must relate to clinical or research-oriented work in the field of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Abstract Authors
The maximum number of authors is 20. Enter all authors in the order they should appear in the heading of the abstract. The submission must also include the location of the institution where the work was done.

Presenting Author
The awardee must present the abstract personally.

Character Limit
The body of the abstract is limited to 2,500 characters, including spaces.

Abstract Title
The title should be concise and clearly reflect the content of the abstract. The title should be entered in title case, not in all capital letters. Do not use formatting tags in the title.

Abstract Body/Text
Standard study abstracts describing original research or clinical trials must include the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion. Do not include any of the following author information within the abstract body: direct or indirect reference to author institution(s), titles, positions, or institutional appointments. Abstracts must be submitted in word.doc or word.docx using Arial 11pt, 1.5 line spacing. PDF files will not be accepted.

Standard abbreviations may be used, i.e., RBC, gm, kg, mg, mL, % (percent), / (per).

Industry Support, Disclosures, and Conflict of Interest (COI)
Abstract presenters are required to disclose whether the research was funded by an industry grant from a commercial interest, AND must also complete the COI disclosure form, indicating details of support any authors may have received or affiliations any authors may have with a commercial interest.

Abstract Review Process
Immediately following the submission deadline, the abstracts are blind reviewed and scored by the MotM Abstract Selection Committee team of experts. Reviewers consider the following when scoring abstracts: relevance, novelty, quality, clarity, organization, design, and data analysis. The award beneficiary will be notified by email by September 15, 2023. In the event the beneficiary registers to attend MotM prior to notification of the award, the registration fee and any travel expenses incurred to date will be reimbursed.

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