4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference: From Molecular Mechanisms to Patient Orientated Research
Training Day Diabetes Challenge and Poster Presentations
Call for Abstracts
The Banting & Best Diabetes Centre together with the Joslin Diabetes Center and the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) will be hosting the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UPCH Conference: From Molecular Mechanisms to Patient Oriented Research from October 20-21, 2017 in Toronto.
NEW FOR 2017: In advance of the conference, the Danish Diabetes Academy (DDA) has generously offered to host a one-day Training Day Diabetes Challenge on October 19 for ten trainees from each of the three institutions. The main objective of this challenge is to engage and motivate young researchers prior to and during the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference and to facilitate the development of networks among the young researchers across the three institutions. Participants will be divided into multi-institutional teams that will be tasked with developing and presenting novel solutions to a diabetes related challenge to a panel of senior researchers. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for the top three proposals.
Graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows and current PhD students are invited to submit a first-author abstract of their diabetes-related work to present a poster at the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference and for the opportunity to attend the Training Day Diabetes Challenge. All applicants will be considered for poster presentation at the conference on October 20-21. However, only the top ten applicants will be invited to participate in the Training Day Diabetes Challenge on October 19, 2017. Abstracts previously presented or accepted at other diabetes related conferences within the six months prior to the conference (such as the American Diabetes Association 77th Scientific Sessions or the 53rd EASD Annual Meeting) are eligible for submission to this competition.
The BBDC’s representatives for the Training Day Diabetes Challenge will be selected from among applicants to this competition. Preference will be given to post-doctoral fellows and PhD students.
The trainee must be either:
A) A registered University of Toronto Graduate or Medical Student
B) a post-doctoral fellow having received a PhD within the last five years (as of the application deadline date of June 22, 2017)
C) a current PhD Student at the University of Toronto. Students must continue to be enrolled in a PhD program as of September 30, 2017. Current PhD students who will complete their studies between June 22 and October 19, 2017 are also eligible to submit an abstract if they remain engaged in diabetes-related research in their postdoctoral studies. Preference for consideration for the Training Day Diabetes Challenge will be given to post-doctoral fellows and PhD students.
The trainee's supervisor must hold a faculty appointment with the University of Toronto at the level of Associate, Assistant or Full Professor.
The trainee’s supervisor must be a registered member* of the BBDCat the time of the application deadline date of June 22, 2017. (*Faculty who are new to the field of diabetes research and are not members of the BBDC can request free membership by contacting the Centre prior to submitting an abstract. For more information, please see the Membership section of this web site.
The content of the abstract must be clearly and directly relevant to diabetes. We welcome abstracts on all diabetes-related topics.
The trainee must be first author and must have made the major contribution to the work presented.
The trainee’s current supervisor must be listed as one of the authors.
Based on abstract scores, a maximum of two (2) trainees from a single lab will be selected to participate in the Training Day Diabetes Challenge on October 19 and a maximum of three (3) trainees from a single lab will be selected to present a poster at the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference on October 20-21.
There is no limit to the number of abstracts that may be submitted from a single lab.
The work outlined in the abstract must either be unpublished data or, if published, the manuscript detailing the work must have been published within the preceding 6 months.
Abstracts will be judged by members of the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference Planning Committee and will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- The content of the abstract must clearly demonstrate the direct relevance of the work to diabetes.
- The abstract must be well-written.
- Demonstration of novel findings with a clear significance to diabetes.
- A minor component of the evaluation may be based on any other criteria that the reviewers consider relevant.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 22, 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.
All applicants will be notified in July 2017 as to whether or not their abstract is selected for poster presentation at the 4th BBDC-Joslin-UCPH Conference.
Applicants selected to participate in the Training Day Diabetes Challenge will be notified in July 2017. Further information about the challenge will be provided to those individuals by the DDA at that time.
Abstracts will be printed in the conference program which will be distributed at the conference.