Abstract and Symposium Submission

Important Dates

NOW CLOSED - 31 July 2017
Symposium Submissions (includes 3 learning objectives, titles of 3 presentations and a 100 word abstract for each)

NOW CLOSED -15 August 2017
Research Abstracts (300 word individual contributed abstract submissions)

Abstract Themes

The abstracts will be published in a special issue of the Australasian Journal on Ageing. Abstracts can be submitted under the following themes, but are not limited to the list:

Basic Sciences

  • Stem cells
  • Fat, muscle, and bone interactions
  • Mechanisms of sarcopenia, frailty and osteosarcopenia
  • Myokines and adipokines
  • Hormones, muscle and bone
  • Vitamin D and its target organs
  • Protein turnover in muscle and bone
  • Glucose metabolism in muscle and bone
  • Animal models of sarcopenia and frailty

Translational Research

  • Biomarkers for sarcopenia and frailty
  • Experimental treatments for sarcopenia, osteosarcopenia and frailty (what is in the pipeline?)
  • New imaging methods for sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia

Clinical Research

  • Clinical criteria for sarcopenia and frailty
  • Clinical outcomes in sarcopenia and frailty
  • Use and imaging to diagnose sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia
  • Current therapeutic interventions for sarcopenia, osteosarcopenia and frailty
  • How to design clinical trials in sarcopenia and frailty?
  • The role of nutrition in the treatment sarcopenia and frailty
  • Exercise programs
  • Falls and fractures prevention
  • Falls and Fractures Clinics

Oxford Abstracts Submission System 

Please read the following instructions on how to prepare your abstract and use the Oxford Abstracts Submission System to submit, edit or withdraw an abstract for the ANZSSFR 2017 Conference.

Register as a User in the Oxford Abstract System

  1. Click on the new submission link. Create a new User ID. The system will automatically prompt you with a message to register your details.
  2. Enter your name, surname and email and choose a password.
  3. Enter any other personal information such as address, phone number, degrees etc
  4. You will be sent an email confirming your password to access the abstract submission system.


  • Please remember that submitting an abstract does NOT automatically register you as a conference delegate. Conference registration can be done online at a later date and is a separate address .
  • All communications about your abstract submission will be sent to the email address you submit.
  • We recommend that the user ID and email belong to the main author that will be presenting at the conference.


Awards will be given during the conference for the following:

  • Highest ranked abstract – Clinical and Translational Sciences
  • Highest ranked abstract – Biomedical Sciences
  • Best poster presentation (selected by the attendees)

The highest ranked abstracts receive $1,000, which must be spent to attend the International Conference of Sarcopenia and Frailty

The best poster receives $500, no conditions attached.

Travel Grants

Up to five (5) members in-training travel grants of $1,000 will be offered to the authors of the highest ranked abstracts at the Conference. The travel grant is to be used for travel, accommodation and registration for the ANZSSFR 2017 Meeting.  Please apply for the travel grant when you submit your research abstract.  Travel grants are only available for in-training members based outside of South Australia.

Submit an Abstract

The conference offers a text-based submission form where you will be required to enter the information regarding your abstract, such as title, authors, biography, etc. Submitting an abstract is a multi-step process, and each step asks several questions:

  1. Locate your abstract file on your computer’s hard disk so you can copy/paste the information easily into the text-based submission form’s fields.
  2. Go to the Oxford Abstract Submission System Log-in page.
  3. Enter your email address and the password you chose when you first registered as a user.
  4. Click the “log in” button and you will be taken to a screen from which the submission process starts.
  5. Please read the instructions on this screen carefully. The abstract submission is a multi-step process. Please follow the steps below and click “Next” to go to the next page.


Enter the title and abstract text, by either copy/pasting from your word file or typing in the information. Remember there is a 21 word limit for the title, and 300 word limit for the text. Click “Next” to continue.

Title (max. 21 words)

  • The title should be as brief as possible but long enough to indicate clearly the nature of the abstract. If you wish to include a subtitle, it must be included in this field and included in the 21 word limit.
  • Titles MUST BE in Sentence case – e.g. – A review of the literature

Abstract (max. 300 words)

  • Any abstracts exceeding the word limit will not be accepted.
  • References are not required. If you wish to include them, they must be included in the body of your text and included in the 300 word count.
  • Special Symbols and Formatting are to be used sparingly. Once your submission is complete, please read you’re abstract in full to ensure the symbols are displayed correctly, and if not, please click on the “Insert Symbol” icon on the screen to see the list of available symbols.
  • Do not use tables or figures.
  • Proposed studies/presentations should be significantly advanced or completed at the time of abstract submission.


Enter information about the authors and affiliations. Click “Next” to continue.


  • You MUST enter the names of all authors here (including yourself if you are an author) in the order in which you wish them to appear in the printed text. Names omitted here will NOT be printed in the author index or the final program. Please ensure the spelling of their names and affiliations are correct.
  • We recommend that you share the summary you will receive at the end of the submission with the other authors so they can check that their names and affiliations are spelled / listed correctly.


The system will only allow you to nominate one presenter, which can be yourself (the person submitting the abstract) or any other of the authors.


Enter information about your abstract. Click “Finish” to confirm and finalise your submission.

Presentation Format

Please note that you must select presentation format: “Oral” or “Poster”.


If you have answered all the mandatory questions then your abstract will be assigned a reference number and you will be taken to a summary page.

Required Fields

Some fields are marked “Required”. The system will not accept you’re abstract until these questions have been answered. If you have not answered all the mandatory questions, your abstract will be held in temporary storage until you return later and complete all the questions.

Word Limit

Please note the system will not accept fields that exceed the word limit, and will not allow you to continue until the word limit is met.

  1. Check all the details on the summary page are correct, print or save this page and click “Next”. Or, click on the “Back ←” to make any changes.
  2. You will be sent a confirmation email with your submission reference number.

Submitting more than one abstract

If you are submitting more than one abstract, please use the same email address and password for each abstract. Please follow the same steps as above.

Edit or amend an abstract

You may wish to change your answers to some of the questions on the submission form, or even to change the abstract itself.

  1. Go to the ANZSSFR 2017 website ‘ABSTRACTS’ page here and click on the submission link. Log back into the submission system with your email and password.
  2. You will see the list of abstracts that you have submitted so far. Click on the abstract that you wish to change.
  3. Edit the fields you want to change. The process of amending an abstract is the same as the original submission process, except that the fields will already be populated with your previous entries – you don’t have to change an answer if you don’t want to.
  4. Click “Finish”.
  5. You will be sent an email confirming that your abstract has been amended – provided you have answered all the mandatory questions.

Withdraw an abstract

If you want to withdraw an abstract, please contact the Conference Secretariat in writing via email to reg@themeetingpeople.com.au. Please note that withdrawals need to be communicated in writing by the author who originally submitted the abstract, and in doing so, the Conference Secretariat assumes that all other authors/presenters have been informed of the withdrawal.


Once an abstract is withdrawn, it may not be reinstated.


For further information, please contact the ANZSSFR Meeting Secretariat at reg@themeetingpeople.com.au or +61 8 8177 2215.