Due to the high volume of interest, the site for submission of abstracts will remain open until Monday, November 23, 2015.
Don’t miss the chance to present the results of your clinical or experimental research.

The symposium will comprise oral and standard (printed) poster sessions, e-posters, and moderated poster sessions – for detailed instructions see below. By using a combination of visuals and text, poster concepts and data are communicated to an audience, allowing the author to meet and speak informally with interested viewers. Poster presentations provide an ideal opportunity for investigators to present their work to distinguished faculty and are preparatory for publication in scientific journals.

IDSS Lottery
Only the first 100 accepted abstracts will participate in the IDSS Lottery!
Send Your Abstracts Now, and you may win:
First Prize – 2 nights – hotel accommodation
Second Prize – 500 $
Third Prize – Ticket to the Presidential Dinner

Publication
All accepted abstracts will be presented in USB flash drive and will be published in the IDSS website.

Best Communication Awards
The 5 best accepted abstracts (oral and/or poster) selected by the Abstract Award Committee will receive awards:
first three – valued from $2000 to $1000 and additionally two will receive diplomas.
The winners will be announced during the Opening Ceremony.

Deadline for abstract submission: November 23, 2015

Abstract results: December 16, 2015

Only on-line submissions will be sent for peer review. Please follow the steps for submission:

Click on the Submit your Abstract button below.

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Please insert your email and then your password.

Please follow the instructions:

Personal Details
Please fill in your personal details. Click “Next”

Presentation Type & Topics
1. If your abstract will be designated for poster session, please choose your presentation type– E-poster or standard poster presentation.
2. Please choose your topic from the pull-down menu. Click “Next”.

Abstract Title & Body

“Title”: write or copy your abstract title (up to 20 words)
“Abstract Body”: In order to standardize the abstracts’ publication, authors are requested to organize the abstract as follows:
A. AIMS
B. METHODS AND RESULTS
C. CONCLUSIONS
When preparing the text, please pay attention to the following:
Use generic drug names.
Standard abbreviations may be used without definition. Non-standard abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and must be placed in parentheses after the first use of the word or phrase abbreviated.
Do not include references, credit or grant support.
The text should contain no more than 300 words (2000 characters including spaces); Should text be included in the graphics, please ensure it is legible (of standard font size).
You may copy the contents of a Word Doc into the abstract body window.
Should your abstract include a table, please follow the instructions for inserting  a table into the abstract body.
In case your abstract includes an image/ graph, please upload each file separately according to the instructions.
The required format for any image file is jpeg, tif or gif (not to exceed 500KB).
Once your abstract is uploaded, click “Next”.

Author/s
The names of the authors should be in Upper and Lower Case. Use full first name and last name.
Click “Save Author” after each entry. Click “Next” when you have completed listing all authors.
To change the order of the authors, use the ↑ and ↓ arrows.
To edit an author, click the “edit” button on the relevant line, insert the changes and then click “Update Author”.
Do not use the “Back” button before you click “Next”. This will cause you to lose all listed author(s).
You must enter only one presenting author.

Affiliations (Institution/Company)
Insert the first institution and mark the box of each author associated with that institution. Click “Save Institution”.
Repeat this process for each institution. DO NOT REPEAT identical institution details, if they apply to more than one author.
Click “Next” when you have finished inserting all institutions.
Text should be in Upper and Lower Case. Do not abbreviate Department, Institute, University, etc. List “Department of…”, if applicable, as only the words you insert, will show on the abstract.
To edit an institution, click the “Edit” button on the relevant line, insert the changes and then click “Update Institution”.
To change the order in which the affiliations appear, use the ↑ and ↓ arrows.
Do not use the “Back” button before you click “Next”. This will cause you to lose all listed institutions.

Preview
Please preview your abstract, and make any necessary changes before pressing the Submit button.

Submission Deadline: November 23, 2015

Acceptance
The scientific committee will conduct a blind review of the abstracts and notification of acceptance/non-acceptance will be e-mailed.

Registration of Abstract presenters
Accepted Abstracts will be included in the symposium Proceedings only if at least one of the authors is registered to the symposium.
Abstract presenters are required to register for the Scientific Sessions within 2 weeks following notification of acceptance of their abstract. Failing to register within the designated time will result in the abstract NOT being included and published in the program.

Poster Design Format Guidelines

Poster presentation on several A4 sheets are not acceptable.
Please note and retain these dimensions when you prepare your poster.
Maximum dimensions for the poster are LANDSCAPE – 140cm wide / 100cm high
Suggestion: Design your poster layout in the following sections:

1. Title, author(s), address (at upper edge, across the width of whole poster)
2. Purpose
3. Methods
4. Results
5. Conclusions

The title should be emphasized by the use of bold-face type. When displayed the letters used should not be smaller than 15mm. The subtitle should be printed in the same kind of lettering, but semi-bold and not less than 10mm high when displayed. This guarantees clear reading even from a distance of 2-3 meters.

The text should be broken up by the inclusion of drawings and/or photos. The use of color makes the poster more attractive and effective. Material for mounting your poster to the poster board will be supplied by the organizers.

Graphics. Let graphics and images tell the story; use text sparingly. All visuals should be relevant to the body of text and conclusions. Usually 4-6 figures are included in a poster. Make them simple, readily comprehensible, and self-contained. Keep figure legends very short (10-25 words maximum).

Organization. Organize posters for a vertical flow of information (up to down in columns) so the audience can view the entire poster in one left-to-right pass. Keep the sequence well ordered and obvious. If necessary, use cues – numbers, letters, arrows – to guide them.

Headings and Title. Use headings to help guide individuals through your poster, find your main points, and summarize your work in large letters. A reader should be able to get the main points from the headings alone. Headings should be at least 36 point in size, the title, at least 5 cm tall.

Text. The text should be readable, at least 24 point in size. It is recommended to use bulleted points. Keep text elements to 50 words or less. If you can read all aspects of the text when you are standing above it, then the font size is adequate. Individuals will likely be viewing and reading your poster at a distance of about 1 meter.

Fonts. Two recommended styles of fonts: sans serif and serif. For bullet points use sans serif fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, and Avant Garde. Since they are easier to read, use serif fonts, such as Times, Roman, and Palatino, for blocks of text.

Colors. Use a light color background and dark color letters for contrast. Use a theme of only 2-3 colors and avoid overly bright colors.

Mounting. Since you will need to transport the poster to the symposium, don’t try to mount all of the text onto one large piece of poster board – use several smaller pieces. If you are able, create the entire poster on a single large computer generated page or material. This can be rolled into a tube or simply folded and transported easily. This has the added advantage of enabling you to print out a miniature version as handouts for participants who attend the session.

Presentation. Plan a three-minute presentation (Introduction: 0.5 min., Main points: 2 min, Closing: 0.5 min).

Common errors. The three most common mistakes made when composing a poster are: (1) including too much text, (2) using a font size that is too small, and (3) Poor space planning.

E-Posters
Authors are invited to submit their posters electronically.
Each presentation will be viewed on a laptop along with other presentations in a loop. The slides will change periodically to allow for interactive viewing.
Each e-poster must be prepared as a PowerPoint file (may include up to 6 PowerPoint Slides), converted into a PDF file and sent to the Symposium Secretariat.
Please note: PDF files do not include animation and transition options, unlike a regular PowerPoint Presentation.
The e-poster and abstract titles should be identical.
Order of presentation: Slide 1: Title and authors, Slides 2-6:, Introduction , Methods, Results, Conclusions

Moderated Poster Sessions
The Abstract Committee will choose abstracts for Moderated Poster Sessions. The abstracts will be discussed in the Poster Area during the session chaired by two moderators from the faculty. Presenters will have 3 minutes to present their research. Question and answer periods of 2 minutes will follow moderated by the experts chairing the session.