Welcome to the APIC 2016 Call for Late Breaking Abstracts

Infection preventionists need access to both timely and relevant data to perform their job, but abstract submission deadlines may limit access to the most up to date research and/or novel developments in the field. The APIC Conference Committee has decided to provide an opportunity to submit Late Breaking Abstracts. These clinically relevant abstracts are organized to capture studies that deal with active, current or emerging data on infections and prevention practices that would otherwise not be possible to submit for consideration based on the standard abstract deadline. Such abstracts should highlight novel and practice-changing studies in infection prevention. Examples could include: completed studies that challenge current infection prevention dogma, unexpected outbreaks of national/international importance (e.g. Measles), large cohort studies on major health-care associated infections, data on novel emerging infections (e.g. Ebola, MERS-CoV), or the reporting of new clinical trial data that would have a major impact on the field. Neither laboratory-based nor industry driven studies are typically considered appropriate as late submissions and must be strongly justified. Late-breaking abstracts cannot be a revision of an abstract submitted prior to the standard abstract deadline. The late-breaking abstract deadline is also not intended to be merely an extension of the general submission deadline, so studies that are not truly late-breaking and not of high importance to the field will not be considered.

Abstracts are peer-reviewed for quality of research, educational or scientific content, and impact on infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology, and related fields. The APIC Abstract Committee will consider the timeframe of the data presented as a major factor in their evaluation. Accepted abstracts are scheduled as either poster or oral presentations based on quality of work and anticipated interest by attendees. The same submission rules apply for the late breaker abstracts as for the standard abstracts, but each presenting author may only present one late breaker abstract at the conference.

The call for Late Breaking Abstracts is now closed. Notifications will be sent on May 17.

 

Timeline

February 17, 2016 – Abstract submission opens
April 17, 2016 – Abstract submission closes
May 17, 2016 – Abstract notification of acceptance/rejection sent via email to submitter
June 11 – 13, APIC Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC