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Call for Abstracts is now Closed.

This conference will provide an opportunity for interested researchers, clinicians, academics and people directly affected by Machado Joseph Disease to exchange innovative knowledge and share stories of hope and inspiration.  New authors and people working in parallel fields, for example with other spinocerebellar diseases, are also encouraged to submit abstracts.

Conference Streams

1. Disease Mechanisms & Novel Therapies (genetic+molecular+cellular)
2. Living with MJD (client case-studies)

3. Health Services & Public Health (engagement and delivery of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative services)

Abstracts will be reviewed for final selection and allocation to the appropriate stream by the Research Advisory Committee on the following criteria:

Primary Criteria (applicable to all streams):

  • Current relevance- does it benefit the MJD research and client community?     
  • New knowledge- does it advance the existing body of literature?
  • Suitability to conference theme-does the topic fit into one of the 3 streams?
  • Quality- is it high quality scientifically, scholarly, and/or in other ways?
  • Ethics- is the approach respectful of the participant(s) and/or subject and confidentiality protected?

Secondary Criteria (applicable to streams 2 & 3):

  • Health/quality of life improvement- does it promote an understanding of the range of health determinants and multi-disciplinary approaches which impact the health and wellbeing of people with MJD?
  • Cultural sensitivity- does it acknowledge a contextual cross cultural approach where applicable?

Abstracts will be considered for paper and poster presentations based on author preference.  Authors may submit more than one abstract. Abstracts should be no greater than 400 words.

For papers: Authors should be prepared for 20 minute presentations (including 5 minutes for questions).

There is the possibility of flexible presentation times depending on the number and quality of abstracts received.

For posters: Authors should be available during poster sessions to discuss the poster’s content with conference attendees.  Posters should be portrait, A1 in size (594mm x 841mm).

All abstracts should be submitted online here https://vevents.currinda.com/register/event/1393

The call for Abstracts closes 29 May 2015.


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