The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) has an open call for abstracts for its Annual Infection Control Conference, to be held June 2 to 4, 2016, in San Diego. The abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts according to International Association for Dental Research (IADR) review criteria with the objective to advance infection control and patient safety research and a clinical practice agenda across international borders.

The abstract judged best overall will be awarded the James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research, which includes a cash award of $500 and a recognition plaque.

Accepted papers will be presented in poster format. OSAP may invite a limited number of researchers to present their findings orally.

Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following categories: Infection Prevention and Control, Occupational Safety and Health, Antibiotic Resistance, Environmental Science, or Other (analysis of policy development and implementation, new analysis of existing research, meta-analysis or synthesis from existing studies or behavioral studies of utilization or adoption of practices by dental personnel).

To be considered for presentation, abstracts must meet IADR criteria for scientific merit and the research presented must not have been previously published as a note or full-length article in a journal. Abstracts published or presented at another scientific meeting during the previous year may be submitted for poster presentation, but will not be eligible to compete for the Cottone award. At least one of the authors of the abstract must be a current member of OSAP.

Abstracts will be evaluated utilizing a 100-point scale, with a minimally acceptable level of 65 points. The criteria considered by the expert reviewers include scientific rigor, originality, clinical relevance, and contribution to the scientific literature.

Nonstudent applicants with accepted abstracts will be granted a $100 discount on conference registration. If the applicants have previously registered at the early-bird rate, this discount will be refunded. Full-time students with accepted abstracts will receive a special student-abstract rate of $75.

All submissions must be received at the OSAP Central Office no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 18, 2016. Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance by Friday, April 1, 2016. Full details, including submission format, presentation format, and acceptance procedure, are available on the OSAP website.