Abstract Submission

The electronic abstract submission system opens on September 6, 2022 and will close on October 21, 2022. Of note, abstracts will be limited to 400 words, and will need to include the following information: background, methods, results, and conclusions. Upon submission via the web link, a confirmation email will be generated. If a confirmation email is not received, please let us know by emailing acaffair@pitt.edu.

We will accept abstracts that have been, or will be, submitted to a regional or national meeting. All abstracts are automatically accepted for poster presentations. Click here for poster guidelines and printing options.

Research Categories


Bench or Basic Science Research

This type of research is conducted in the laboratory with solutions, test tubes, cell cultures, pipettes, etc Traditionally, basic science research focuses on advancing knowledge itself and fundamental questions about the structure and function of the basic structures of human life (DNA, proteins, cells, tissues, etc), rather than focusing on immediate clinical significance.


Translational and Clinical Research

Clinical research aims to advance medical knowledge by studying human biology and disease, either through direct interaction with people or through the collection and analysis of blood, tissues, imaging or other samples. Clinical research can include studies of mechanisms of human disease, physiology, or therapeutic interventions. Early phase translational research (T1) research typically tests findings from basic research for clinical applicability or effect and should be included here. T2 research tests new interventions in controlled environments (efficacy studies, phase II and phase Ill clinical trials).

Population Research

Population Research includes Epidemiology, Heath Services Research and Implementation and Dissemination Research. Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states and events in specified populations, with determinants including mechanistic and imaging studies, and the application of this study to the control of public health problems including individual, system and environmental interventions. Health Services Research studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to and use of health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately health outcomes. Implementation and dissemination research includes pragmatic trials in real life settings. Translational research described as T3 or T4 would be included here. T3 tests how interventions work in real-world settings (effectiveness trials, phase IV clinical trials, implementation studies). T4 studies factors and interventions that influence population health.


Faculty with rank at or below the assistant professor level, medical residents, and graduate and medical student researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts. We also encourage post-doctoral fellows who are research associates or assistants, working in Department of Medicine laboratories with the following degrees: MD, PhD, DDS, DO, MBBS or ScD, to submit. Multiple abstracts from one laboratory are allowed. However, investigators and fellows from a single laboratory cannot submit identical abstracts.


Poster awards will be based on research category.