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Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium

The Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Symposium (IBRS) is an annual event hosted by the A.T. Still Research Institute of the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU). The event gives students, residents, faculty, and regional researchers the opportunity to present their current biomedical research and provides a foundation for promoting collaborative biomedical research with the Institute. The IBRS consists of oral presentations, poster presentations, and a keynote address.

Click here to see highlights from the 5th Annual IBRS held on November 2, 2013.

Abstract Submissions

Abstracts must be submitted electronically via email on or before Wednesday, October 15, 2014, to Charity Thomann at The abstract (see model abstract) must indicate the name and email address of the Responsible Author, a co-author who is a college faculty member. Submitters, including the Responsible Author will be notified by email regarding the acceptance of theirAbstract to the Symposium.


Who may submit an abstract?
  • Regional Undergraduate Students
  • Regional Graduate Students
  • Regional Medical Students
  • Regional Dental Students
  • OPTI Residents
  • Post-Doctoral Researchers
  • Faculty Researchers
Authority to Submit

Submission of each abstract must meet the approval of the Responsible Author (defined above). If the abstract is not submitted directly by the Responsible Author, she/he will be contacted by email to certify that the submission has her/his approval. If this process presents difficulties, please contact the Program Director at To accommodate as many presenters as possible, the Program Committee reserves the right to limit the number of presentations associated with each Responsible Author.

Abstract Content and Format
  1. The abstract text must be single-spaced and formatted in MSWord or as a Rich Text File with 1-inch margins and fit on a single 8.5 x 11 inch page. All fonts in the abstract must be 11 point Arial. The abstract title must use bold font and “title case” (See Model for the Abstract).
  2. Authors are to be listed with non-bold font (see Model for the Abstract) including first name, middle initial, last name, and highest degre(s). The poster presenter should have their name underlined.
  3. For each author, identify institution(s) and location of institution(s) (city, state) as shown in the Model for the Abstract.
  4. The abstract text (limited to 2,500 characters including spaces) should include four sections (Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions; see Model for the Abstract). The work described may be a completed project or “a work in progress.”
  5. The list of authors must include a person defined as the Responsible Author. This individual should be a faculty member associated with the project. In the case of a resident who may not have a faculty member as a co-author, the name of the residency program director (who is not necessarily a co-author), will suffice. This individual is expected to send a brief email indicating his/her knowledge of, and support for, the abstract in question. The Responsible Author will be copied on all communications regarding this abstract.
  6. The abstract must include 3-5 Key word descriptors to help identify the research area. (As shown in the Model for the Abstract)
Poster Presentations

Poster dimensions are limited to 60(w) x 40(h) inches. Each poster should include a heading with title and author(s) using lettering at least 1 inch high. The abstract should be part of the poster presentation. All lettering should be heavy and at least 1 cm (3/8 inch) high.

Poster Presentations will be given during 1-3 p.m. with presenters being asked to attend their poster during a designated 1-hour period. Posters will also be considered for optional oral delivery and awards.


Contact Charity Thomann, MA for more information:
Phone: 660.626.2102
Fax: 660.626.2815