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Call for Abstracts

Important Dates
• Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Abstract Submissions Open
Friday, July 21, 2017 - Deadline for Abstract Submissions

The Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancers (CGA-ICC) invites the submission of abstracts regarding clinical, basic science, and/or psychosocial aspects of hereditary colorectal cancer. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive update on the status of research and to stimulate collaborations, recruitment of subjects, and ideas for the development of other studies. Authors may submit abstracts of completed work, work in progress, or work presented elsewhere within the past 12 months. All abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected for poster or podium presentation.

Submission Instructions

We are pleased to offer several enhancements to the 2017 CGA Abstract Submission. These enhancements are designed to streamline the submission process and allow us to collect complete information on your abstract(s). Please see below for important information and guidelines for your submission. The abstract submission deadline is 11:59 PM ET on Friday, July 21, 2017.


  1. Provide contact information for the presenting author.
  2. If you are submitting on behalf of the presenting author, please provide your email.
  3. All correspondence for poster and podium presentations will be sent to the presenting author.

Disclosures (New for 2017!)

  1. All presenting authors must submit any relevant financial relationships. Disclosures are not required for co-authors.
  2. Presenting authors must also complete the attestation. As a presenting author, you must attest to the accuracy of the information provided.
  3. Failure to complete disclosures will result in an incomplete submission and will be returned to the author.

Abstract Body

  1. The body is limited to 250-word count. Abstracts that exceed the word count will be returned.
  2. You will be asked to submit the abstract electronically AND as a word document. The electronic submission will ensure that you are within the word count limit, and the word document will ensure that your abstract maintains original formatting in the meeting program. Note: the electronically submitted abstract will NOT maintain special characters or formatting.
  3. The body should be organized in the following sections: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Define all abbreviations.
  4. On the Word document, include the abstract title, full name of all co-authors, institutional affiliations of all co-authors.
  5. Abstracts must not contain copyrighted material unless the author has obtained permission.

Tables and Figures

  1. You can include up to 2 tables and/or figures (e.g., 2 tables, 2 figures or 1 table and 1 figure). Do not exceed this limit or the abstract will be returned.
  2. Each table and/or figure should be uploaded separately.
  3. Tables and Figures do NOT count toward the 250-word count.

Submissions not meeting the above specifications will not be accepted
and returned to the submitter.

The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 11:59 PM ET on Friday, July 21, 2017. All submitting authors will receive confirmation of their abstract submission via email.

Abstracts will be selected for podium presentation based on scientific merit. Notification of acceptance for podium and poster presentations will be acknowledged by email in August 2017. Any questions regarding abstract submission should be directed to CGA at


Thanks to a generous donation from the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation (CCCF), the CGA is pleased to announce the Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar award for the top ranking abstract submitted by a trainee or junior faculty member. This award will provide $2,000 to cover meeting registration and travel expenses to the 2017 CGA Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.

The goal of this Award is to recognize excellence in translational research focused on the molecular biology of colorectal cancer. In providing this award, the CCCF seeks to both support and promote colorectal cancer research. The CCCF has a special interest in the biology of early age of onset and hereditary colorectal cancer. However, research into other areas of colorectal cancer (e.g., novel treatments, innovative minimally invasive screening technologies) will also be considered.

Who should submit?
The following are eligible to apply:

  • Trainees (i.e., postdoctoral fellows, residents, and clinical fellows)
  • Junior faculty (within one year of first independent faculty appointment)
  • Junior genetic counselors (within one year of completion of training)

How do I submit an application?

  • Applicant must submit an abstract submission and fill out the Colon Cancer Challenge Foundation and CGA Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar Award form.
  • Applicant must be listed as the first author on the abstract.

What are the guidelines?

  • Trainees applications must provide a letter along with their abstract submission from a mentor, professor, or supervisor confirming their eligibility.
  • The abstract must be presented by the award recipient and must be primarily their work.

Any questions regarding the Colorectal Cancer Research Scholar should contact Brandie Leach via email to