Abstracts – Conference 2013

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:  Abstract Submission Deadline has been extended to is Midnight (12:00 AM) May 15, 2013

The Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD) requests your participation in the 8th Annual Texas Conference on Health Disparities Research Poster Presentation. The TCHD conference is an opportunity to present your research/program through a poster presentation and expand your scientific and professional knowledge through collegial interactions fostering networking opportunities. We encourage the participation of all students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, government agencies and community organizations to submit abstracts. Basic, clinical and community-based research and education programs including: Cancer, Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Cardiovascular, Immunology, Diabetes, Cellular & Molecular Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Education, Community Health, Nutrition, Epidemiology, Public Health Policy and more will be highlighted in this session. Organizations are encouraged to submit as many proposals as they wish. Student abstracts will be judged on-site and eligible for awards.



Selection of presentations will be conducted by peer reviewers based on the following criteria:

1.    Relevance/Significance

  • Contribution to Science and/or Practice
  • Fit with Conference Theme
  • Timeliness
  • Innovation

2.    Approach/Methodology

  • Scientific Quality/Rigor
  • Data Collection and Analysis
  • Assessment
  • Appropriateness of Approach

3.   Lessons Learned/Conclusions

  • Impact
  • Implications/Next Steps
  • Relevance to the Broad Community


You will receive an e-mail acknowledgement that your abstract has been received for consideration. If your abstract is selected, you will receive notification on or before May 11, 2013. The notification will include all guidelines and all appropriate logistical information. Please note: All accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be required to:

  • Register for the conference and pay the full registration fee.
  • Posters can be set-up the morning of your presentation between 8:00-8:30 AM in the Medical Education and Training Building (see Map). Your abstract number provided in an email will be posted in the upper left hand corner of the display panel to identify your poster location.  Poster panels have a display area of 56″w by 36″h. Only Velcro may be used to secure posters to the display panels. Velcro will be available at the information table inside the entrance to the poster session.
  • Poster judging for student and post-doc competition will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 11:15 AM.
  • Presenters must be present at poster during time of judging.
  • We invite you to leave your poster displayed throughout the day.
  • Posters must be removed by 5:00 PM the day of the presentation.  Event staff members will not be responsible for materials left on the display panels.  If you are unable to remove your poster  yourself, please make arrangements for someone to do so for you.  Anything left on the display panels may be discarded.

Note: The following instructions have been prepared to help improve the effectiveness of poster presentation. Please follow these instructions and your poster will be a success.


A panel of judges will select the top 3 poster presentations. Student awardees will be selected based on the abstract, the poster, and a discussion held with the student at the poster session. This discussion should be clear and concise and must not exceed 5 minutes. If the student worked with collaborators on the project, including his or her advisor, this presentation should clearly describe the student’s role in the overall project.

In reviewing the poster, the panel will look for a clear statement of the research problem or topic, methods, analysis, interpretation of results, conclusions and a well organized presentation. Additional criteria will include the originality of the work, the student’s grasp of the findings, and the clarity of presentation to the committee.

Winners will be awarded at the award ceremony during the conference. Student must be present during the award ceremony to receive the award.


  • The primary author(s) of the poster must be a student. Posters will be reviewed by members of the Conference Poster Session Committee and the authors of accepted posters will be notified promptly.
  • If the abstract has multiple authors, the student(s) must be listed first.
  • Student presentations may reflect either undergraduate or graduate work.

Any questions, contact: Harlan Jones, Ph.D.,University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, Texas 76107 Phone: (817) 735-2448 Fax: (817) 735-2133 E-mail: Harlan.Jones@unthsc.edu