Poster prize

To celebrate the high quality of clinical and biomedical posters presented by early-career researchers during the symposium, the MND Association presents the International Symposium on ALS/MND biomedical poster prize and clinical poster prize. The winners (clinical and biomedical) of the poster prize are announced during the Joint Closing session of the Symposium, where the winners are presented with a certificate and an engraved glass paperweight. One prize is given for the clinical poster and one for the biomedical poster.

 

Criteria and eligibility

Who can enter?

Presenting authors aged 35 years or under on 6 June 2018, or within three years of their PhD award are eligible to enter their abstract for the poster prize during the abstract submission process. The eligibility criteria apply to the person presenting the poster during the poster prize judging at the symposium.

If the presenter does not qualify, the poster will not be considered for the prize. Please see the poster prize competition criteria (in the conditions of acceptance) for full details.


How do I enter?

Eligible poster presenters will need to have indicated that they want to be considered for the poster prize during the abstract submission process (which closes on 6 June 2018). To do this, tick the corresponding box within the online abstract submission form.

• Presenters whose abstracts have been shortlisted will be notified in autumn 2017.
• Work in progress/ care practice poster abstracts will not be considered.
• Late abstracts will not be eligible for the poster prizes.
• Only poster abstracts submitted by the abstract deadline and accepted for publication in the Symposium journal supplement will be considered for the prizes.
Indicating that you are eligible for a poster prize will not affect your likelihood of being chosen for an oral communication.


How will the competition be judged?

Initially, the abstracts will be assessed on the quality of their content to generate the clinical and biomedical poster shortlists.
The short-listed posters will be viewed during the Symposium, and assessed based on the poster content, design and layout, and presentation of the poster, before the judges make their final verdict.


Is there anything the short-listed presenters should know?

The winners of the clinical and biomedical poster prize will be announced during the Joint Closing session on Sunday 9 December 2018, where the winners will be presented with a certificate and an engraved glass paperweight. We would therefore encourage all short-listed presenters to attend this session.

This is an exciting opportunity, which raises the profile of the posters and enables winners to add the award to their CV.

One prize will be given for the clinical poster and one for the biomedical poster.

 

Winners of the 2017 Poster Prize

The winner of the Biomedical Poster Prize is Ms Katerina Placek (University of Pennsylvania, USA) for her poster 'Genetic factors associated with frontal disease in ALS: neuroimaging and neuropsychological evidence' (GEN-34).

The winner of the Clinical Poster Prize is Dr Mehdi Van den Bos (University of Sydney, Australia) for his poster 'Imbalance in cortical inhibition-excitation networks underlies the development of cortical hyperexcitability in ALS' (ELE-05).

Brian and Katerina Brian and Mehdi