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Thank you for your participation in this year's Annual Conference. The following information is intended to aid poster and platform presenters at the 2022 NSGC Annual Conference.

Platform Presenters

View Presenter Schedule for Platform Presentations

Platform presentations are to be 15 minutes in length, including time for questions if delivered in-person.

Powerpoint Template

According to NSGC’s recently updated CEU Standards and Guidelines, presenters in educational sessions may no longer use branded slide decks. It is, therefore, requested that all conference speakers, moderators, and panelists use the approved NSGC PowerPoint Template or a non-branded template. 

All speakers are also required to complete a conflict of interest disclosure slide. If a speaker does not have any conflicts, please state, “No conflicts of interest to disclose.” 

Download the NSGC 41st Annual Conference Powerpoint Template


Due October 24. NSGC will upload any handouts/slides that are submitted by the deadline of October 24 to our virtual platform/app.  It is unlikely that any handouts submitted after October 24 will be posted. 

Why submit handouts?

  • Accessibility and Audience Requests: NSGC receives requests by attendees for copies of slides/handouts to aide in engagement and accessibility throughout the conference. 
  • Takeaways/Activities for Audience members: Worksheets or other summaries of key takeaways are great ways to help attendees re-engage with the content in your session following the live or on-demand activity. 

Handout Submission Specifications

Handouts may include (but are not limited to):

  • PDF copies of slide decks. Presenters can make adjustments to the slides for presentation purposes after submission to handouts is completed. If a presenter updates slides after October 24, NSGC would not be posting the updated version to the session handouts. 
  • Worksheets or other activities for attendees of the session
  • Key takeaways or summaries

Pre-Recorded/On-demand Recording Presenter Instructions (Due October 24)

  • Session moderators and speakers will record their presentations on their own and submit to NSGC by October 24. 
  • Record your session using the tools with which you are the most familiar. View step-by-step instructions for the three methods listed below.
    • PowerPoint with Narration
    • Apple Keynote with Narration
    • Record via Zoom
  • Submit your presentation by sharing a Google Drive, Dropbox, or WeTransfer link with
  • Recordings should be submitted by October 24th

Pre-Recorded/On-demand Presenter Recording Tips

Please take a moment, before your live or pre-recorded presentation, to run through the below tips and tricks for successful virtual presentations.

  • An HD webcam is preferred, but a new PC or tablet will have a good camera. Your camera should be stable at, or slightly above, eye level.
  • Make sure your face is in good, even light, with no harsh backlight. Do not sit in front of a window. Your webcam will compensate, which may make it diffi cult to seeyou.
  • Reduce clutter & distracting/bright images in the background.
  • Solid colors work best, please do NOT wear white. Avoid small prints, stripes, plaid, or patterns.
  • Avoid noisy jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings) as it can be distracting to the viewer.
  • Quality audio is key to audience engagement. A quality headset microphone is preferred, but you can also use the microphone included in your computer.
  • If using a headset microphone, be sure to keep it about a half inch off your face. Speaking up & keeping your level consistent will also help listeners set their volumecorrectly.
  • Try to pick a space that is smaller and with soft walls such as curtains. It will keep the sound from bouncing around which will make your audio sound hollow.

Poster Authors

Click here for details on how to prepare and submit your poster:

Past Annual Conference Abstracts

View 2021 Abstracts
View 2020 Abstracts
View 2019 Abstracts
View 2018 Abstracts
2017 and prior: Available through the Journal of Genetic Counseling

Note: Beginning with the 2018 Annual Conference abstracts, the accepted abstracts will be posted to the NSGC website and will no longer be published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling. This venue change offers the following benefits:

  1. Increased accessibility to accepted abstracts by non-NSGC members.  Anyone with internet access will be able to view abstracts on the NSGC website.
  2. Increased ease of navigation for locating abstracts. You will no longer need to search through one long continuous document for abstracts of interest.
  3. Increased flexibility for Abstract Committee to modify abstract size requirements
  4. Increased space in the Journal of Genetic Counseling to allow more peer-reviewed research to be published. 
  5. Continued ability to cite conference abstracts. Suggested style for citing abstracts will be provided on the NSGC website.

How to Cite Abstracts

Abstracts selected for presentation at the NSGC Annual Conference are available online here and on the Past Conference webpage. To cite an abstract from 2018 and beyond, use the URL for the meeting in which the abstract was presented. The following is a suggested example style for citing abstracts from the NSGC Annual Conference.

Author Name 1, Author Name 2, Abstract Title; (Poster or Session #). Presented at the xxth NSGC Annual Conference, Date, Location (example: November 14, 2018, Atlanta, GA).

Frequently Asked Questions

If an author on the abstract has since changed affiliations, do I include the author's current affi liation or affiliation at the time the abstract was written?
Please use the author affiliation that was relevant when the abstract was written/submitted.

Can more than one person present this Poster/Platform Presentation?
Due to space, logistics and the limited time available, we ask that only one author present each abstract.

If I cannot attend the Annual Conference, can someone present on my behalf?
If you are unable to attend the conference, ONLY another author on the abstract may present in your place. To withdraw your abstract, please email

Can I edit my abstract after the submission deadline?
If accepted, your abstract will be printed as it was received during the Call for Abstracts. No changes are permitted.

Can I defer my abstract to next year?
We are unable to allow authors to defer their presentations to the following year. We encourage authors to submit an abstract on a different aspect of the abstract topic in any following years.

I've submitted an abstract to NSGC as well as an abstract/manuscript for publication to another organization/journal, but I have not heard back yet if myabstract/manuscript has been selected. Do I need to withdraw my abstract from NSGC?

The work should not have been previously published as a manuscript or accepted for presentation at another national conference at the time of submission to the NSGCAnnual Conference. 

I submitted an abstract, but I am no longer able to attend NSGC's conference. Can I present without being registered for meeting? 
We are unable to allow authors to defer their presentations to the following year. If you are unable to attend the conference, another author on the abstract may present in your place, if they are registered for the conference. If no author is registered for the conference, you can withdraw your abstract by contacting