11th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (Call for Proposals)

Call for Proposals

The 11th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research (ASGCR) will be held virtually April 4, 2023 – April 6, 2023 as a satellite meeting to the 14th Annual Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) Global Health Conference. The Symposium is organized through a collaboration with the US National Cancer Institute Center for Global Health; CUGH; the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC); the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO); and Red de Institutos e Instituciones Nacionales de Cáncer – Sociedad Latino Americana y del Caribe De Oncología Médica (RINC-SLACOM). The theme of the 11th ASGCR is “Closing the Research-to-Implementation Gap” and the objectives of this virtual Symposium are to: (1) provide a venue for the global oncology research community to exchange information and identify potential areas for collaboration; (2) develop strategic priorities for advancing the field of global oncology; (3) share initiatives that are reducing the burden of cancer in low resource settings; and 4) create opportunities for researchers and program implementers from low resource settings to present their work.
 

Proposals

To broaden the range of perspectives and scientific topics shared at the 2023 meeting, in addition to a call for abstracts, we will also invite scientific session proposals for the first time. The organizers invite all persons wishing to present on topics related to global cancer research and control to submit a proposal for scientific abstracts and/or session. Accepted abstracts will be selected for poster and/or oral presentation and published in AACR’s peer-reviewed journal that best aligns with the scientific content of the Symposium. Accepted session submitters will work with the Scientific Steering Committee to integrate the session into the ASGCR program. Individuals may submit up to one (1) session proposal, and may only be listed as presenting author on up to one (1) abstract proposal. Submitters may submit both an abstract and a session proposal, but please note these are separate submissions.

PRESENTATION TYPES

Session Proposal

Scientific Session
Live  •  60 min

Scientific sessions will provide an opportunity to convene speakers to address a current topic in global cancer research and control that engages the audience and seeks to highlight concrete ways to advance the field. Submitters of accepted sessions will join the Symposium Scientific Steering Committee and will be responsible for developing the 60-minute session, with support of the entire Scientific Steering Committee. These sessions will take place live and will be recorded and posted on the Symposium website.

Abstract Proposal

Poster Presentation
Multi-format

Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be available to view as e-posters on the event page throughout and following the conference. Presenters will also be able to connect with attendees during dedicated, live, interactive poster sessions held via Gather Town, during the Symposium.

Rapid-Fire Presentation
Live  •  5 min

High scoring accepted abstracts may be selected for rapid fire presentation by the Scientific Steering Committee. Rapid fire presentations are short, live presentations during the conference that offer a high-level overview of the research or program. This session will take place live and will be recorded and posted on the Symposium website.

 

Submit your session proposal

 To ensure that the Symposium content is inclusive and relevant to a range of participants, sessions are encouraged to include representation crossing multiple:

  • Countries and World Regions
  • Experience and Career levels
  • Professional Roles
  • Institutions and Organizations
  • Identities, including racial, ethnic, and gender

Session Requirements:

  • Session proposals must include the following:
    • One primary contact responsible for coordination of the session and liaising with the ASGCR organizers and speakers. This will include working alongside the ASGCR Steering Committee (from January to April), if the session is accepted, to ensure that the accepted session is integrated into the overall theme and objectives of the ASGCR program.
    • Two to three sentences describing the aim of your proposed session and a justification for why this is a priority topic of global interest and how the session aligns with the Symposium theme: Closing the research to implementation gap.
    • Session title up to 250 characters
    • Session description 350 words or less and written in English
    • Two (2) to three (3) learning objectives
    • List of up to four (4) presenters and/or panelists and up to two (2) moderators. Speakers should have agreed to roles prior to submission and should be available to attend the virtual Symposium if accepted, April 4-6, 2023.
    • Submitters are encouraged to view available session recordings from previous meetings for examples of past session foci
  • Timing: All session proposals should be 60 minutes, inclusive of discussion/question and answer time
  • Speakers/Chairs: At least 50% of your session representatives must be affiliated with an institution in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC).
  • Steering Committee Role: Submitters of accepted sessions should be prepared to work within the Symposium Scientific Steering Committee from January to April. This will include joining occasional scientific program planning meetings to ensure that the accepted session is integrated into the overall theme and objectives of the ASGCR program. Session proposals should be fully developed; submitters will be responsible for developing and leading the content and execution of a 60-minute session, with the support of the entire Scientific Steering Committee.
  • Submission Limit: Individuals may submit up to one (1) session proposal.

SESSION REVIEW CRITERIA

Session proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: The proposed topic addresses a relevant topic in global cancer research and control and should be relevant to an issue that is of global interest and not pertinent to one institution or context only.
  • Relevance to Theme: Closing the research to implementation gap.
  • Value to Attendees: The proposal adds something new to the existing dialogue in the field. Participants should leave the session with new knowledge, methods, and/or practical tools that they can adapt/use and put into practice in their own local settings.
  • Audience Engagement: The proposal promotes active learning and audience engagement, creating a forum for dialogue. Submitters may utilize web-based, interactive software, such as Mentimeter, to encourage audience participation. Acquisition and utilization of any software is at the discretion of Symposium organizers.
  • Clarity of Ideas: Session proposal clearly and succinctly communicates the topic it will cover and learning objectives.
  • Diversity & Representation: Extra consideration will be given to proposals that include diverse perspectives. Diversity encompasses many dimensions such as racial identities, ethnic identities, gender identities, geographic locations, disciplines, and career levels.

All session proposals must be submitted online by December 30, 2022, at 11:59pm EST.
Submit your session proposal

 

Submit your abstract proposal

 Track and Area of Focus: Abstracts may fall under two tracks: 1) Research, or 2) Program implementation, of which, submitters must select an area of focus.

  1. Research: original research that establishes facts and reach new conclusions.
  2. Program Implementation: projects or programs that move the field forward, disseminate and translate evidence into practice.

Abstracts must select one area of focus from the International Cancer Research Partnership’s (ICRP) Common Scientific Outline (CSO) classification system. The six topic areas include:

  • Biology
  • Etiology
  • Prevention
  • Early detection, diagnosis, and prognosis
  • Treatment
  • Cancer control, survivorship, and outcomes research

Abstract Requirements

  • Abstracts:
    • Abstracts must include the following sections with the headings: Purpose, Methods, Results, Conclusion
    • Abstracts must be 350 words or less and written in English and should not contain figures or tables. In-text citations are not required.
    • Abstract titles must be 250 characters or less and should not be submitted in all caps.
  • Submission Limit: Each individual may be listed as a presenter on a maximum of one (1) abstract.
  • Correspondence: The person who submits the proposal is the primary contact and is responsible for all communications and coordination on behalf of all authors.
  • Authorship: Abstracts highlighting research or programs conducted in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) must contain at least one author affiliated with an institution from the same LMIC.

ABSTRACT REVIEW CRITERIA

Abstracts will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance: The proposed topic should address a relevant topic in global cancer research and control
  • Methodology: methods are adequately described and appropriate for research, project, or program
  • Significance: information presented adds something new to the field to improve global cancer control equitably
  • Clarity of Ideas: clearly and succinctly communicates research, project, or program.

Only abstracts that comply with all the above guidelines will be considered for presentation and publication.

All abstract proposals must be submitted online by December 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST.

TIMELINE

  • October 28, 2022: Online proposal submission opens
  • December 30, 2022: Submission deadline
  • January 2023: Notification of proposal acceptance/rejection and abstract presentation type. Additional session-related information to be shared with accepted session leads.
  • February 2023: Registration
    • All accepted speakers and presenters, including session speakers and moderators, abstract poster presenters, and rapid-fire presenters must register (free of charge) for the Symposium.
  • March 2023: Submit presentations and speaker information
    • All speakers, including session speakers and moderators and rapid-fire presenters must submit a speaker bio and headshot to Symposium organizers. Additional session-related information to be shared with accepted session leads.
    • All abstract poster presenters must submit their poster to Symposium organizers
  • April 4-6, 2023: Annual Symposium for Global Cancer Research

For all questions regarding session and abstract proposals, please contact Linsey Eldridge: linsey.eldridge@nih.gov