Call for Abstracts

The scientific committee invites interested presenters to submit abstracts for the 4th NCDC/NFELTP Conference; Conference theme is “Applied Epidemiology: Providing Evidence for Public Health Action”. Abstracts submitted for consideration must be the author's original work and not previously presented at another conference. Each person may submit more than one abstract.

Objectives of the Conference

Since 2016, NCDC and NFELTP has been holding an annual scientific conference to reflect and consolidate on lessons learnt during public health response, via oral and poster abstracts presentations to:

  • Impart new knowledge and skills and advance public health science.
  • Provide opportunities for residents to acquire competence in scientific communication.
  • Present evidence for protecting the health of Nigerians and securing global health.
  • Disseminate findings of field investigations and scientific research.
  • Provide a platform for the exchange of scientific ideas and disease control strategies.
  • Enable networking among public health practitioners.
  • Provide continuous professional development opportunities for public health officers.
  • Advocate to policy and decision makers.



Abstracts can be submitted under these sub-themes:

  • Outbreak investigation
  • Emergency response and preparedness
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases and immunisation strategies
  • Surveillance and information management systems
  • Neglected tropical diseases
  • HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis
  • Malaria and other vector-borne diseases
  • Risk communication
  • Public health systems strengthening
  • Non-communicable diseases



Guideline for writing abstracts

The abstract should not exceed 300 words; see samples abstract below (under Key words). The word count excludes the subheadings of the structured abstract (Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions), the title, and author's names and affiliations. A word count is easily obtained by selecting the appropriate text of the abstract and then choosing the "Word Count" command in the "Tools" menu of MS Word. No graphics may be included. Avoid abbreviations; where used, mention them in full the first time they appear and use italics for scientific names.

Structure of Abstracts

Authors
  • First name and last name e.g. David Mbano.
  • Organizational affiliations, email address and telephone details.
  • Co-authors: List each co-author in order of contribution by typing their first and middle names as initials followed by their last name in full (e.g. O. Okon, M. S. Danladi).
  • Indicate corresponding author: provide name, email address and telephone number.
  • Indicate first author: Provide the email address and telephone number of the first author if the latter is not the corresponding author.
Abstract Title
  • The title should be clear, descriptive and concise.
  • Give geographic location (State, Country) and dates of study or investigation.
  • Avoid subtitles if possible.
  • Capitalize proper nouns, major word and scientific names where appropriate, e.g. Arenaviridae.
  • Do NOT use abbreviations or acronyms in the abstract title.
Introduction/Background

It should address the scientific background and rationale for the study as well as the public health significance of the subject. Because of the anticipated diversity of the reviewers and those attending the conference, do not assume that everyone will be familiar with your research topic. Your background should include:

  • A brief description of the topic and its public health significance.
  • Objectives, research questions or study hypothesis.
Methods

Describe the methods selected for the study. Essential points may include:

  • Study design
  • Study setting
  • Study population
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Sample size and sampling methods
  • Methods of data analysis
Results

Present the important findings (both positive and negative) of the study that are directly related to the study objectives. Provide both absolute numbers and their percentages/proportions. Since an abstract is a citable document, the results section must contain data. This section should not include discussion of the results or statements as "Data will be discussed". If considerable work is needed before the conference, please state that results are preliminary.

Conclusion

This section should be as concise as possible. Do not restate data included in the results. This section may include:

  • An interpretation of the key findings and their implications on public health
  • Public health actions that are recommended and/or have been implemented because of the study.
Key words

Please include 4 - 6 key words. Use terms listed in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from the Index Medicus. See abstract samples 1 and 2.




Evaluation Criteria and Acceptance

Each abstract will be evaluated by three independent reviewers according to the following criteria. Based on the evaluation, each abstract will be labeled as: "not accepted" (NA), "accepted for oral presentation" (AO) or accepted for poster presentation" (AP).

  • Background and rationale of the study
  • Appropriateness of methods
  • Presentation of results
  • Conclusions and interpretations of results
  • Public health significance
  • Overall clarity of the abstract

All authors that submitted abstracts will be contacted. Kindly note that changes cannot be made to the final abstract after it is submitted. However, if your abstract is accepted and significant changes have been made after submission, please highlight the changes in your presentation.




Abstract Submission Procedures and Deadline

Abstracts should be uploaded here. E-mailed or hard copy submissions SHALL NOT be accepted. All abstracts should be submitted in English.
KINDLY NOTE: final acceptance of an abstract will be dependent on conference registration

Deadline for abstract submission is MIDNIGHT Wednesday the 31st July 2019.

Questions concerning abstract submission should be sent to ncdcnfeltpconference@ncdc.gov.ng.