October 12 the Deadline for 2013 Conference Abstracts

The American Society of Addiction Medicine relies on addiction medicine specialists to bring the latest science to each year’s Medical-Scientific Conference by submitting abstracts, courses, and workshops. Therefore, ASAM invites member and non-member addiction specialists to submit programs for the 2013 Medical-Scientific Conference by the abstract submission deadline of October 12. Next year’s conference will be April 25-28, in Chicago.

The Medical-Scientific Program Committee reviews submissions for quality, interest, and appropriateness. The committee specifically seeks submissions that address topics that registrants of past conferences have indicated as significant to addiction medicine. In clinical addiction medicine, these key topics include pain and addiction, neurobiology of addiction, benzodiazepine dependence, marijuana dependence, nicotine dependence, co-occurring opiate and benzodiazepine dependence, pathological gambling, approaches for treating dual diagnoses, sleep and addiction, traumatic brain injury and addiction, advanced buprenorphine treatment, interpretation of drug screening tests, and holistic healing.

In addition to clinical topics, other hot categories and topics include the latest updates in policy, such as health care reform updates; practice management issues, such as electronic health records in the addiction setting; and how to set up an addiction medicine practice; and socio-medical topics, such as gender-specific approaches to treatment and adolescent addiction.

ASAM also confers prestigious awards for best abstracts. The ASAM Medical-Scientific Program Planning Committee Award goes to the author receiving the highest rating for scientific merit. The committee seeks that one special author for this key award who has presented new ideas or findings of importance to the field of addiction medicine based on sound methodology and clarity of presentations. ASAM also presents the Young Investigator Award to the winning paper’s first author, an individual who has earned a doctoral degree within the past five years.

All abstracts are carefully vetted by the Medical-Scientific Conference Abstract Review Committee, which also determines the category of presentation most appropriate for each submission. Paper presentations showcase research findings or data on clinical experiences delivered in 15-minute talks, followed by five-minute question and answer periods. Poster presentations provide an excellent opportunity to share research interests and ideas, with poster presenters attending their poster during designated periods.

Courses offer a review of basic concepts or new material in special areas using a lecture format. Topics suited for courses include diagnostic approaches, specialized treatment areas, or translating research findings into practical clinical terms. Workshops serve as an ideal venue for subjects best handled informally in give-and-take sessions of small groups, addressing the development of special skills, particular diagnostic or treatment problems, or other issues requiring the active exchange of ideas.

Information about the requirements and submission process for abstracts will be available this summer on theĀ ASAM website. The Society looks forward to your participation in contributing toward program excellence for the 2013 ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference.