Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline extended: July 31, 2014 (Midnight)

Abstracts are being accepted for the Research Symposium at ACHA’s 7th National conference. Selected recipients will receive a $500 travel grant from ACHA to assist in attending the conference. One moderated poster session will take place on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., highlighting 16-20 abstracts. Presenters are asked to discuss their work for five minutes, and five minutes of time is allowed for directed questions and answers. Two abstracts will be chosen to be presented orally at the podium on Saturday morning, September 6, 2014. The two podium presenters will receive a $1,000 cash reward and a plaque.

Abstracts relating to ACHD and the following will be considered:

  • Outcomes research
  • Administrative or registry datasets
  • Access to and delivery of care
  • Exercise capacity and functional ability
  • Aging and non-cardiac morbidity
  • Genomics and genetics
  • Pregnancy and ACHD
  • Quality of Care/Quality of Life in ACHD

Multi-center research efforts are particularly encouraged, though abstracts of any research related to adults with congenital heart disease will be considered.

Abstracts will be selected from a pool of all submitted abstracts, and grading will be performed by a panel chosen by ACHA’s Medical Advisory Board. Abstracts can be submitted if de novo, if submission is planned elsewhere, or if presentation elsewhere has occurred, provided that the presenting author and team are comfortable that the additional venues of presentation will not be penalized by presentation at the ACHA meeting. Abstracts of material already presented at ACHA or of already published data are discouraged.

All abstracts should use the following format:
Title of Submitted Abstract (bolded characters, capitalize first letters): (typically 10-30 words) Authors’ names (First Name Last Name), Major institution, City, State, Country as Applicable (typically 20-40 words)
Background: +/- 1-4 sentences discussing relevance of study to ACHD community, prior findings by others or your group, aim of current study (typically Background and Methods comprise ⅓ to ½ [at most] of the total abstract minus title and author lines)
Methods: +/- 2-6 sentences concerning methods of scientific pursuit (type of study, measures and how they were obtained, statistical analysis employed, etc, as appropriate) utilized to address the question or necessary study raised by background above (see above regarding combined Background and Methods sections).
Results: According to the methodology, +/- 2-8 sentences outlining and summarizing key aspects of what was found, within relevant statistical boundaries as appropriate (typically this section comprises about ⅓ to ½ of the total abstract minus title and author lines).
Conclusions: +/- 2-4 sentences outlining implications of current or projected findings for the ACHD community, +/- future potentials (typically a short section, < 1/5 - ⅓ of the total abstract minus title and author lines).

A small, easily-viewed graph or table, replacing in space the equivalent of up to ⅓ of the abstract total, may be included either in the results section or after conclusions, if desired by the authors, though is not required. It is expected that the word limit would be reduced by the appropriate number of words for the space taken by the graph or table.

Word limit: estimated 450-500 words (including abstract title, authors, institution)

For the purpose of grading, abstract authors and institution will be removed from data visible to the grading staff. Corresponding author of received abstract/s will receive confirmation of receipt by end of day received, and status of abstract will be made known at the time of grading.

Abstracts should be emailed to by July 31, 2014 (midnight).

Contact Ali Zaidi, MD, at or ACHA Member Services Manager Paula Miller at