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Presenting a Research Abstract at an SIS Meeting is Your Opportunity to:
  • Make Connections
  • Raise Your Profile
  • Get Feedback on Your Research
  • Foster Additional Studies
  • Find Mentorship 

2021 Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

August 18-21, 2021

Abstract Submission: November 16, 2020 through February 28, 2021 

Annual Meeting - Best Abstract Recognition Awards

Click here to see the list of award winners.  

General Information
  • The SIS Annual Meeting and European Congress offer opportunities for both podium and poster presentation of research abstracts. The SIS Winter Seminar offers opportunities for poster presentation only.
  • Preference will be given to original research that has not been presented elsewhere.
  • Case studies and practice audits may be submitted as abstracts.
  • All abstracts selected for presentation from the podium or as a poster at the Annual Meeting will be published in Pain Medicine.
  • Podium and poster presenters will receive a $100 discount on Annual Meeting registration.

Research Sponsored or Funded by Commercial Interests 

ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Standards requires that SIS carefully review the financial disclosures of all authors of industry-sponsored research abstracts. Abstracts from research funded by commercial interests (defined by the ACCME as "any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients") may not be eligible for display or presentation during a session offering CME credit.

The SIS Conflict of Interest Resolution Policy for Abstract Presentations outlines the process by which relationships between authors and industry will be considered when determining whether an abstract will be accepted for presentation during a session offering CME credit.

  • If any author on an abstract is an employee of a commercial interest, the abstract will be considered industry-sponsored.

  • Agreements for future remuneration related to the research, device, or technology presented will be considered during the evaluation process, even if the author has not received compensation at the time of submission.

  • In some cases, a consulting relationship with a commercial interest may be considered equal to an employee of a commercial interest.

  • All poster presentations will include a listing of the financial disclosures of all authors.

Submitter Requirements

In order to maintain an investigator-driven process, the submitter of the abstract should be the first (primary) author. Staff representatives from industry are not allowed to submit original research abstracts on behalf of an investigator. All abstract correspondence will be sent to the submitter (first/primary author).

If selected for presentation, the presenter need not be the first/primary author but must have been involved in the research. Once identified, SIS staff will communicate directly with the presenter regarding meeting logistics.

All authors must complete the financial disclosure survey by the submission deadline. Submissions without disclosures will not be evaluated.

Poster Presentation with Authors Sessions

All events will include a Poster Presentation with Authors session offering CME credit. This is an opportunity for authors to showcase their research. Presenting authors are expected to attend and present their poster to attendees during this session. If an author accepts the invitation but fails to present his or her poster, that may preclude consideration of future submissions. Poster presenters must register for the event and pay the applicable registration fee.

Annual Meeting Abstract Awards

All abstracts submitted for the SIS Annual Meeting will be evaluated for recognition as "Best Clinical Abstract" and "Best Basic Science Abstract."

Fellows and residents are especially invited to submit their research for consideration of the Best Fellow Abstract or Best Resident Abstract Awards. To be eligible for these awards, the fellow and resident must be first author of their abstract submissions. Winning abstracts will be presented from the podium. Documentation of active participation in a residency or fellowship program is required.

Best Fellow Abstract and Best Resident Abstract Award winners will receive the following assistance from the Society to attend the Annual Meeting:

  • Waived registration fee
  • Two nights' lodging at the meeting hotel
  • Up to $500 toward airfare and ground transportation
  • $40 per day (up to 2 days) meal allowance

Financial Disclosure Requirement

ALL authors must complete the Spine Intervention Society’s Disclosure Survey prior to the submission deadline.

Access the disclosure survey HERE.

Abstract Formatting Requirements
  • Use Times New Roman, 10 pt font.

  • Title: Capitalize appropriate words. Do not enter all words in upper case. 

  • Abstracts must be formatted with the following headings: summary of background data, objectives, methods, results, and discussions/conclusion. Case reports can have a combination of these headings plus case description and case diagnosis sections.

  • Formatting Guidelines: abstracts must be submitted as a MS Word document; no figures, photos, or tables please.

  • Abstracts must be 300 words or less, with a maximum of 3 references; the title, author names and affiliations, and references do not count in the 300 word limit.

  • References should follow the Vancouver (or numerical) system. Identify with Arabic numerals inside parentheses. A full list of references should be provided in numerical order, sequentially as they appear in the text. Do not alphabetize.
  • Above the abstract body, list out authors' names and affiliations per the example below.

    Sarah K Scientist, MD, sks@domain.edu1, Neil A. Investigator, MD1, Dana L XXXX, MD1, Angela XXXXX, BA2, (1) Main Street Medical Center, Local University, Science City, CA, (2) State University, New York, NY

Download the abstract template HERE.



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