Abstract Submission
The Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) invites all persons wishing to report original research, innovative projects or novel programs related to global health to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation.​​

All abstract presentations will be made in either poster or oral formats. Abstract authors are asked to indicate a preference for poster versus oral but conference organizers will assign the final format.

IMPORTANT: Abstract Submissions are not session/symposia proposals. If your interest is in making a session proposal,

click here to go to the Symposia Proposal Submission page instead. ​​
Abstract Submission Deadline: October 3, 2017 (*Deadline extended from September 28, 2017)
Abstract Status Announcements: November 15, 2017 (was October 31, 2017)
Accepted Abstracts' Presenter Deadline to RSVP and Register: November 30, 2017 (was November 14, 2017)

Click here to submit your abstract.
NEW IN 2018 !!

    In addition to the Scientific and Programmatic pathways, we now offer an EDUCATION PATHWAY which is a category for abstracts that present innovative global health pedagogies, and community and public education across disciplines. Abstracts in this category can propose a poster or oral presentation, or "either." Specifics include: 1- Instructional methodology;
    2- Curriculum and course design; 3- Assessment/evaluation of educational programs; 4- Experiential learning in global health;
    5- Administrative issues related to education, including working with university administration and international partners;
    6- The art and science of teaching and learning; 7- Community and public education.

    10 oral abstract slots (2 oral abstract sessions) will be added to the 2018 conference agenda. This is in addition to the 8 oral abstract sessions already in place (1 session per each of this year's 8 tracks). These 10 presentations slots will be reserved for top scoring abstract presentations by young global health scholars/faculty who are under 35 years of age.
To help ensure that this conference has an impact CUGH hopes this event will attract some of the best and brightest ideas on how to address some of the pressing global health challenges we face.

We seek abstracts outlining programs, initiatives, case studies, research and solutions that are scalable, impactful, context relevant and affordable. Please bring your best ideas to CUGH2018.

Abstracts in all areas of global health are welcome and collected through 8 tracks: 

  • Global Health Law, Human Rights, and Conflict Prevention
  • Governance, Health Systems-Public Institution Strengthening
  • Implementation Science
  • Neglected Topics in Global Health
  • Non-Communicable & Communicable Diseases: The Double Burden
  • Planetary Health, One Health, Environmental Health, Climate & Health
  • Reducing Disparities and Improving Well-being Across the Lifespan
  • Social Determinants of Health
The maximum word count for abstract submissions is 350 words. Supplemental materials (photos, articles or reports) are not accepted and will not be seen by the program review committee.

The submitting author will receive an email message confirming the receipt of the abstract.

  • Abstracts must be entered within one of  three pathways: Scientific; Project/Programmatic; Education. The Global Health Education pathway is new in 2018, and introduced to better facilitate the abstracts featuring global health education programs and projects (whether in academia, public or community education).
  • Abstracts may be submitted for oral or poster presentations. Authors may indicate a preference for oral or poster presentation but all decisions will be made by the scientific planning committee whose determination is final.
  • To be selected for Oral Presentation, abstract content must not have been previously published as an abstract, paper or manuscript. Previously published material is discouraged, but qualifies, for consideration for poster presentation.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting party to accurately indicate whether the submitted abstract has been previously published by any of its authors as either an abstract or manuscript.
  • It is the responsibility of the submitting party to accurately indicate whether permission is granted by all authors to publish the abstract if selected for presentation.
  • Where hopeful presenters have submitted multiple abstracts, conference organizers will make all efforts to ensure that presenters are not invited to present more than one abstract.
  • All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online.
  • Abstracts' maximum word count is 350 words.
  • Abstract titles are allowed up to 250 characters (including spaces) and should NOT be all caps
  • All abstracts must be structured to fit within the provided fields
  • Marketing pitches will not be accepted

Panel /workshop proposals should be submitted through the appropriate form, please click here for more information.
Only abstracts that comply with all the above guidelines will be considered for presentation.

All abstract presenters must  register online and pay the registration fee.
All abstracts that follow submissions guidelines will be reviewed and selected by the scientific planning committee.
Notifications will be emailed only to the contact person who submitted the abstract submission.
Presentation formats (oral or poster) will be assigned to accepted abstracts by the scientific planning committee. All decisions are final.
Proposals constituting sales pitches for products or services will not be considered.

In judging the abstract submissions, the review committee will consider the following:

Scientific Pathway & Programmatic Pathway Abstracts
  1. Innovation: the degree of innovation exhibited in the abstract (whether in the topic matter, methods, or perspective, etc.)
  2. Solutions: how relevant, interpretable, scalable and impactful the solution is
  3. Impact: the potential impact the described project might have on global health challenges
  4. Organization & Clarity: the organization and clarity of the written abstract

Education Pathway Abstracts (New Pathway!)
  1. Relevance to Pre-existing Work in the Field of Education: the degree to which the initiative thoughtfully builds on existing educational pedagogical methods/programs/initiatives.
  2. Innovation: the degree of innovation project
  3. Scalability & Internalization: how scalable and relevant are the solutions proposed.
  4. Impact: how impactful is the proposal?
  5. Organization & Clarity: The organization and clarity of the written abstract​​​
The Lancet/CUGH will award eight $500 awards to eight student poster presentations - one for the best of each track. Students who wish to compete must opt in on the abstract submission form to compete.

Student Poster Review Procedure and Guidelines:

Competition is open to abstracts addressing a project or activity conducted by an individual(s) with student status during the project period. The project, program, activity to be presented must be completed by August 31, 2017.

Judges will consider abstracts that meet all the following requirements:
  • Authors/Presenters are students, or were students during the project period in question
  • Authors/Presenters have accepted the invitation to present in poster format (regardless of the preferred presentation method indicated in the submission form)
  • Submissions adhere to all abstract guideline stated above
  • Opted in to compete in the Abstract Submission form

Poster Judging:
  • The top scoring abstracts of each track will be invited to present as posters on both March 16 and 17, 2018
  • On March 16 on-site judges will view these posters and select one winning poster per track
  • Poster winners will be selected by end of day March 16, when the winners will be notified via email
  • Poster winners will be recognized at the CUGH Awards Ceremony on March 17, where they will each receive $500 from The Lancet Global Health, and a photo opportunity with leadership from The Lancet and CUGH.​​
To increase the opportunities for young global health faculty, practitioners and students/trainees to obtain an oral presentation slot, conference organizers will reserve 10 additional oral presentation slots to feature their work.

To qualify for consideration to be included in these sessions, the presenter must:
  • Be under 35 years of age on March 18, 2018, and
  • Select “oral presentation” as the preferred presentation method, and
  • Opt in to be considered for this opportunity
  • Young Presenters from low- and lower middle-income countries are encouraged to participate
Ten scholarships will be presented to ten selected abstract presenters from Low Income Countries (LIC) and Lower Middle Income Countries (LMIC).

The Scholars Award Package includes:
  • One waived registration for the CUGH 2018 Conference in New York, NY in March 2018
  • Up to 4 complimentary nights at the 2018 conference site, New York Hilton Midtown, during the conference period.
  • $500 to support the presenters’ travel cost

To qualify for consideration, the abstract presenter must:
  • Be a citizen of a low income country (LIC) or lower middle income country (LMIC) who is currently working and living in a LIC, or LMIC and will continue to do so through December 31, 2017.
  • CUGH uses the World Bank definition of LIC and LMIC:
        - LIC list at http://data.worldbank.org/income-level/low-income
    ​    - LMIC list at  http://data.worldbank.org/income-level/lower-middle-income
  • Submit an abstract for oral or poster Presentation by the listed deadline where s/he is listed as the lead presenter.
  • On the Abstract Submission Form, “Opt in” to compete for the LIC Scholarship.

For questions regarding abstract submissions please contact Doris Steinbach: dsteinbach@cugh.org ​​
Click here to submit your abstract (Submission Deadline: September 28, 2017).
Please contact Doris Steinbach for any questions regarding abstract submission: dsteinbach@cugh.org