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The workshop organizers are offering an opportunity for emerging researchers to exhibit their research in novel methods for evaluating natural experiments in obesity prevention and control. The ODP will award the top emerging researchers with travel awards based on the quality of their submitted abstract. For this activity, an emerging researcher is defined as a graduate student or professional within 5 years of a terminal degree who has not yet competed successfully as a principal investigator for a substantial independent1 NIH research grant by the poster submission deadline. This award provides $500 toward travel costs to the emerging researchers whose first-author poster abstracts are submitted to the Pathways to Prevention Workshop and are found to be exceptional by the organizers. Abstracts will be reviewed in August and travel awardees will be notified by mid-September.

The poster session will be held on December 5, 2017 in Bethesda, Maryland.

The organizers will evaluate the scientific quality of the submitted abstracts on the basis of the following criteria: novelty of the research, quality of the methodology, and clarity. Authors should be particularly cognizant of the importance of setting forth the objectives and hypotheses of the study in a clear, succinct manner and of summarizing the new, unpublished results. If an abstract is poorly written such that the conference organizers cannot determine its novelty and importance, the poster will not be accepted for presentation at the conference.

Abstract Submission for Travel Award Consideration Closes: July 31
Abstract Submission Closes: August 31

For more information, visit the Pathways website: