Abstracts

DEADLINE 4 May 2018

General guidelines
Abstracts should contain the following four components (please bold the four section headings noted below within the text of your abstract submission):

Background: a concise statement of the issue under investigation or a hypothesis;
Materials & Methods: the experimental methods used (including the statistical analyses employed);
Results: specific findings (promises such as "to be completed" or "to be presented" are not acceptable);
Conclusions: a summary of findings that are supported by your results (statistical analyses used to support the conclusions, where appropriate, should be included; concluding statements such as "the results will be discussed" are not acceptable).

Please note that abstracts cannot be accepted if tables, graphs, grant acknowledgements or literature references are included. The maximum word count for the abstract body is 500 words.
Abstracts are considered official communications to the conference and will be treated confidentially.
Submitters of acccepted abstracts agree to attend the meeting and present their abstract as scheduled.

Abstract submission
Authors can submit their abstracts electronically using “Submit Abstract Here” tab. This will direct you to the appropriate webpage. Please follow the step-by-step directions to upload the abstract. To ensure your abstract retains any special characters or formatting, the abstract must be in Microsoft Word format. (see for further information her below)

Categories for abstract submission
For purposes of review and programming, abstracts are divided into topical categories. Selection of the most appropriate category is important as it determines who reviews your abstract. The Program Committee reserves the right to reassign your abstract to a more appropriate category.

Topics
We encourage you to submit your abstracts focussed on children and/or adolescents for the following Topics:

- Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission (PMTCT) including HIV-exposed uninfected children.
- Antiretroviral treatment of pediatric HIV infection
- Complications of HIV and its treatment in children
- Co-infections in HIV-infected children
- Comprehensive pediatric HIV care
- HIV infection and adolescents (perinatally and behaviorally infected)
- Implementation science research on PMTCT and pediatric treatment programs

Young Professionals
We are pleased to offer free registration to young professionals with an accepted abstract and a discount on the registration fee for young professionals without an accepted abstract.

In order to receive a special registration code the young professional needs to ask a supervisor to complete the application form and send it to Sara Menelik Sara@vironet.com) no later than 10 June 2018.

Free registrations/discounts are granted to:
- young professionals in training
- young professionals who have obtained an MD/PhD degree in the last five years

Virology Education will contact the young investigator with instructions regarding registration for the workshop once the application has been received.

An Award will be granted to the young investigator with the best abstract. The Scientific Committee and Organizing Committee will judge all submitted abstracts. The award winner will be announced during the second workshop day.

Notification of abstract acceptance and presentation format
Notifications of acceptance and format of presentation (oral or poster presentation) will be e-mailed to submitting authors before 1 June.  It is the responsibility of the corresponding/presenting author to inform all co-authors of the abstract’s status.
Please notify the Conference Secretariat if you have not received notification by June 1.  If an abstract is accepted, one author is required to register for the conference and present the paper as scheduled.
Abstract Submitter’s Registration Guidelines will be sent together with the notification. Guidelines for preparing your oral and/or poster presentations will be sent after your abstract has been accepted.

Abstract publication
Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference Abstract Book, which will be distributed during the conference. In addition, all abstracts will be published in the journal "Reviews in Antiviral Therapy & Infectious Diseases". Please note that the conference secretariat cannot be held responsible for any typing or language errors in the submitted abstracts as only the format of the abstracts will be changed and not the content.