2020 PFAC Scientific Poster Exhibition & Young Investigator Competition Guidelines



Submissions Due NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM Pacific time on July 1, 2020



The Paws for a Cure Research Symposium (PFAC) welcomes submissions from all participants to present their research in a poster format.  The purpose of the Poster Session is to visually stimulate interest in pediatric-relevant canine comparative oncology research; to convey methods, results, and significance of their work; and to promote conversations and networking among Symposium participants.  Abstract submissions will be displayed in a poster session/Reception on September 29, 2020.  


To give promising young investigators an opportunity to discuss their comparative oncology research with colleagues from other fields and disciplines, four (4) Assistant Professor, Post-Doctoral trainee and Graduate Student finalists will be selected from the abstracts to give oral presentations during the 2020 Paws for a Cure Symposium.


We encourage submission of abstracts spanning a range of comparative topics, with particular interest in pediatric-relevant research, including, but not limited to:

  • Immunology

  • Genomics

  • Immunotherapy, to include combination therapies

  • Other therapies of cancer

  • Imaging

  • novel drug delivery approaches


Submissions will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary Scientific Review Committee. Abstracts selected for poster presentation will be notified ***.

The Committee will select four exemplary projects from the submitted abstracts who will be invited to give a 5-10 minute oral presentation during a plenary session of the 2020 Paws for a Cure Symposium. These four presenters will also have their registration fees waived.



  • Submissions for poster session accepted from all participants (academic, industry, etc.) Eligible submissions for Young Investigator finalist (oral) presentations must come from junior faculty level or below (e.g. Assistant professor, Post-Doc or Graduate student)

  • Participants must be registered for the 2020 Paws for a Cure Symposium.

  • Only one Abstract submission per participant is allowed.

  • Previously published manuscripts are not eligible.


November 7, 2019

Abstract Submission & Meeting Registration Site Opens

July 1, 2020 - 11:59 PT

Abstract Submission Deadline

August 15, 2020

Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts for Poster Presentations

September 1, 2020

Notification of Abstract Finalists for Young Investigator plenary (oral) presentation

***If your abstract is NOT accepted for PFAC Symposium, you will be notified and given the option to withdraw from the meeting. If you choose to withdraw by July 15, 2020, your full registration fee will be refunded.

Abstracts will be made available at the Symposium to all attendees, and may be posted on the symposium or CNK Foundation website.  Your consent will be required during submission. 

To learn more, click on the arrows next to each topic

Abstract Submission, Content Guidance, Evaluation, and Notification

Poster Session Specifics

Poster Display Requirements

Poster Printing


Presenters will be responsible for the printing and transport of posters. When selecting a printing service, please be sure to adhere to the guidelines listed above.


Next Steps

Prior to Symposium:


REGISTER for the Paws for a Cure Symposium as a Scientific Attendee and signal your intention to submit an abstract for consideration NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM Pacific time on July 1, 2020

August 15, 2020: Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts for Poster Presentations

September 1, 2020: Notification of Abstract Finalists for Young Investigator plenary (oral) presentation


Before Paws for a Cure Symposium (September 28, 2020) 


ALL POSTER PRESENTERS: Prepare a short presentation of about 5 minutes that you can periodically give to those assembled around your poster throughout the poster session. If possible, more than one author should attend the session to aid in presentations and discussions, and to provide the presenters with the chance to rest or briefly view other posters.


Deliver your printed poster to the PFAC Symposium Registration Desk, no later than Noon/12:00 PM on Tuesday, September 29, 2020.


At the conclusion of the formal PFAC program on September 29th, remain in the Auditorium to receive your poster number. By 5:15 PM locate and stand near your poster in the Atrium/Lobby at Merck Research Labs.


**PLENARY PRESENTING FINALISTS ONLY*: Prepare a short presentation of 5 to 10 minutes (MAXIMUM) for presentation during a plenary session (Power Point). You will receive detailed instructions from the Program Committee regarding deadlines, format requirements, etc. for submitting your slides.


For additional information, contact the Poster Session Committee Chair, Ryan Roberts at Ryan.Roberts@nationwidechildrens.org



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