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Call for Abstracts

The NSGC Abstract Workgroup is looking for high-quality abstracts for presentation in both the presented paper and poster sessions at the Annual Conference from September 22-26, 2021. Appropriate submissions will match the criteria in one of two abstract tracks: (1) original research or (2) case reports.

Be sure to review the Guidance from the Abstract Workgroup document before submitting your application.

Guidance from the Abstract Workgroup

Important Dates and Deadlines

Call for Abstracts opens: March 16, 2021

Call for Abstracts closes: May 3, 2021

Statement from Sharon Aufox, 2021 Abstract Workgroup Chair: NSGC recognizes the global impact of COVID-19. NSGC is committed to hosting our 2021 Annual Conference, and as such we are excited to announce that we will have both in-person and virtual opportunities for participation in 2021. We are monitoring the situation and we will be following the recommended guidelines and best practices laid out by relevant health and safety entities as September approaches. Given that the guidelines and best practices may change as we approach September, we appreciate abstract submitters' flexibility as we continue to evolve how our abstracts will be presented in 2021. We feel confident that we will be able to find ways for attendees to participate in the presentation and discussion of abstracts both virtually and in-person.

Visit the Annual Conference page for the most up to date information on the conference.

Annual Conference Page

Abstract Tracks Defined

Original Research abstracts are original work utilizing either a quantitative or qualitative methodology. These are systematic investigations whose results expand the knowledge base relevant to the practice of genetic counseling or genomic medicine, in the broadest sense.

Case Report abstracts address observations of patients or families that add to the knowledge of the etiology, pathogenesis and/or delineation of the natural history or management of the condition described. They may describe a single case or a small series of cases related by genotype, phenotype, or counseling issues.

As a reminder, you will need an NSGC account to submit your Abstract Submission.

Guidelines for Submitting Abstracts

  • Abstracts will be accepted electronically through May 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT.
  • Abstracts should not exceed 2,600 characters including spacing.
  • Do not include tables and/or charts in the text of your abstract.
  • Please include definitions of all abbreviations before the abbreviation is used, with the exception of "NSGC."
  • All are encouraged to submit abstracts, including full and associate NSGC members, students, and non-members.
  • You will need an NSGC account to submit your Abstract Submission.
  • Student-member submissions must be sponsored by a full member of the NSGC (this would usually be the direct supervisor of the study) and this person should be included as an author on the submission.
  • The abstract, regardless of track, should be original work with a clear message and include only one or two major points. If your submission contains more than one to two points, an additional abstract should be written.
  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts submitted by one author.
  • For each accepted abstract, at least one author must be present at the conference for the presentation.
  • You may submit an abstract with a preference for a platform or a poster presentation, though the final decision regarding the presentation's format will be made by the Abstract Workgroup.
  • The work should not have been previously published as a manuscript or accepted for presentation at another national conference.
  • The abstract should not be based on anticipated data. Abstracts stating that "results will be presented" or some variation thereof will be rejected.

Submit Your Abstract

Past Annual Conference 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).