Call for Abstracts – Symposium 2020

Call for Abstracts opened December 1, 2019 and closes on March 31, 2020.  Click Here to view the program agenda.  Please direct all abstract submission inquiries to

Click Here to Submit an Abstract

Presentations of Abstract

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the Abstract Review Committee. The committee will review submissions and decide the form of presentation (oral vs. poster). All presenters will be notified by April 20, 2020. Oral presentations will be limited to 10 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions and answers.

Introduced in 2019 – we will once again include Poster Lightning Rounds within this year’s program.

All accepted abstracts will be presented in the course syllabus book that will be distributed to conference attendees electronically, and potentially printed post-conference.

Formatting Instructions for Abstract Submissions:

NOTE:   You must attach your abstract in Word format (.doc or .docx) using the online portal. Upload will not work for any other format. Please save your abstract document file name as the number assigned to your submission (for example:  2020 PA-00000). Follow the formatting instructions on the upload page (you will see this when you click the Start button).  Information provided in your attached document will be used in the course materials – please check carefully that title, authors and affiliations are included.

Body of Abstract should fall between 300-500 words and include all elements within the
attachment – presenter, abstract title, author(s), affiliations, and abstract body.  NEW this year – please include the following headings in the body of your abstract – introduction, method, and results.  Please use the following format in the preparation of your abstract document prior to uploading (use Arial font, 11 point):

Abstract #:     2019PA-0589

Presenter:      Divakar S. Mithal

Title:               A Text-Based Search of Electronic Medical Records Accurately Identifies Patients with Mitochondrial Disease and Enables Analysis of Clinical and Genetic Data

Authors:         Sarah A. Reilly,1,2, Lauren E. Hitchins2, Divakar S. Mithal1,3

Institutions:   1Department of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2Section of Genetics, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60611, 3Section of Neurology, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 60611


Introduction: Mitochondrial diseases are a heterogenous group of genetic disorders with highly variable …xxxx

Methods: Electronic medical records (EMR) were searched using a text-based algorithm through a …xxxx

Results: Of the 548 patient charts that resulted from the initial text-based search, 113 (20.6%) had high …xxxx

Conclusion: The text-based search algorithm in this work demonstrates the feasibility of mining historical EMR …xxxxx

Instructions for posters:

Poster dimensions should fall between 3 to 3.5 feet high by 3.5 to 4 feet wide (landscape).

Set up for the poster sessions – to be determined.

Cash Awards

Cash Awards of $125, $250, $500 and $1,000 will be given to the top four posters, courtesy of the Mitochondria Research Society (MRS) and Mitochondrial Medicine Society (MMS).

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