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Abstract and Poster Guidelines


Registration & Abstract Deadline:

To be announced

Please note that all meeting attendees are asked to present a poster or give an oral presentation. Your poster title and list of authors are required for registration (abstracts are no longer required for poster presentations).

This year six fellows will be selected to give oral presentations. To be considered, please submit your title and an abstract summarizing your research project(s), including: an introduction with its relevance to improving human health, a description of the experimental techniques, key results, conclusion statements, and future directions. The body of your abstract should not exceed 300 words. A panel of judges from the NICHD Fellows Advisory Committee will make the selections based on the proposed titles and abstracts. For first-year fellows and students, if you arrived at NIH after July 1, 2019 and do not have any research results to present yet, you may choose to do one of the following:

We want you to attend your first retreat with us!


A lab group can join forces and submit a single poster, as well. Please be sure to list ALL participant names.

Watch the Announcements for the retreat to learn your poster number.

An abstracts booklet will be distributed at the annual meeting, in addition to the listing of titles and presenters on the web site for the 2020 Annual Meeting.


Poster Dimensions

Poster boards are 4 feet high and 6 feet wide for both individual and group posters

The Information Resources Management Branch provides poster printing to our intramural trainees. Send your poster file as an email attachment (PDF or PowerPoint file) to Please include a due date, the poster layout, and specific dimensions (paper limitation: 36 inches or 42 inches for height and up to 100 inches for width; no dark background; 1 inch border).

Make sure to include the NICHD logo on your poster. High-resolution logos can be found here: (NIH login required).

Posters will be ready within three to five business days of receipt. Completed posters can be picked up at the security desk on the first floor of 6710B Rockledge Drive, which is through the doors on the right immediately after entering the building.

Please give yourself some lead time, since we are expecting over 60 posters at the retreat.