The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) International Conference and Annual General Meeting (AGM) tagged “Capital City 2019” is poised to inform the narrative and quality of evidence on global health security in sub-Sahara Africa with the theme: Global Health Security: The Medical Laboratory Agenda for Sub Sahara Africa.

This call for abstracts is a unique opportunity to engage with original empirical and quasi-experimental evidence that will address any of the following specialized tracks:

  • Track 1: Biosafety and Biosecurity: This track will accommodate all original abstracts on biosafety and biosecurity ranging from safety designs, infrastructure safety and laboratory security, bio conservation, containment, microbial and microbiome safety/security etc.
    • Sub-track 1A: Policy and Regulation
    • Sub-track 1B: Designs and implementation models
  • Track 2: Laboratory Leadership and Quality Management: This track will accommodate all Laboratory quality essentials, indicators, accreditation, methods validation/verification, etc.
    • Sub-track 2A: Quality Essentials and accreditation
    • Sub-track 2B: Process Control/Methods Validation/Point of care testing
    • Sub-track 2C: Leadership development/Capacity building
  • Track 3: Laboratory based Surveillance: This track will host all prevalence/incidence and their correlates studies both experimental and quasi-experimental. Lessons and outcomes of outbreak investigation will also be accepted in this track.
    • Sub-track 3A: Prevalence/incidence and correlates of laboratory markers in health and diseases.
    • Sub-track 3B: Outbreak Investigation and Outcomes.

Submission guidelines
Selecting a track category. Since all abstracts will be submitted online on the conference website, the track category is the general heading under which the abstract will be reviewed and later considered for presentation at the conference, if accepted. During the submission process, you will have to select the most appropriate sub-track from each track category for your abstract. Any abstract submitted in more than one track category will be rejected.

Abstract structure: All Abstracts in all tracks must be structured as follows and not have more than 350 words (total word count) including authors, affiliation, correspondence and the body of the abstract:

Background: Indicate the aim and objective of the study, the hypothesis that was tested or/and a description of the problem being evaluated.

Methods: Describe the study design, the study period, setting and location, study population, data collection and methods of analysis used.

Results: Clearly summarize the findings and/or outcomes of the study in line with the specific objectives of the study and the statistical significance (no graphs no table must be seen in the abstract).

Conclusions: Explain the significance of your findings and/or outcomes of the study for global health security in sub-Sahara African.

Timeline for submission of abstract: Abstract submission is now opened and closes July 31, 2019 at midnight (Nigerian Time).

Abstract notification / presentation: Lead (correspondence) authors will be contacted by email on the status/outcome of their abstract. Oral presenters will receive slides template and be required to submit their slides (maximum of 12 slides per abstract including title slide and conclusion slide. Also note that no presentation outline slide will be necessary) presentation online a week before the conference. Late submission will be rejected.