2021 Symposium Call for Abstracts

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2021 Symposium on Substance Use Research


Hosted Jointly by the RDAR COBRE, the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose, WVCTSI, WV-INBRE, and the CADRE

The abstract submission deadline has passed.
If you have questions, please contact Kali Patterson (kpatterson2@unl.edu). Thank you!

We are excited to announce that the Symposium on Substance Use Research will be hosted digitally in 2021! This virtual symposium provides an opportunity for those working in the areas of substance use to share their original research. The symposium is FREE and OPEN to the public, and there are no registration fees to attend or participate.

We have extended the abstracts deadline to Friday, September 10, 2021. We are pleased to accept abstracts for short research presentations and poster sessions. To submit an abstract, please use the form linked at the bottom of this page. Abstracts will be reviewed by the participating COBRE, IDeA-CTR, and INBRE review teams. If necessary, independent reviewers with subject-matter expertise may also review submissions. Authors will be notified via e-mail by Monday, September 27, 2021, if their abstract has been accepted for the symposium.


Short research presentation sessions are scheduled for November 9, 2021, and November 11, 2021, from 10:00am-11:15am CT each day. Those selected to participate should prepare a presentation lasting no longer than ten minutes in length, with a slideshow not to exceed 12 slides. Slides will be required to be submitted by Monday, October 18, 2021.


The poster session is scheduled for November 10, 2021, from 10:00am-11:15am CT. Those selected to participate should prepare a single PowerPoint slide with a short audio-recorded overview of their project, no longer than three minutes in length. Materials will be required to be submitted by Monday, October 18, 2021. Upon acceptance of the submitted abstract, additional tips and guidance will be sent via e-mail regarding how to create the pre-recorded poster materials. Please note that this session – including all submitted materials – will be accessible to the public online during the days of the symposium.

You DO NOT have to be formally associated with any National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for Biomedical Excellence (COBRE), IDeA Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR), or IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) to submit an abstract. If you have questions regarding this call for abstracts, contact Kali Patterson (kpatterson2@unl.edu). Please include “2021 Symposium on Substance Use Research” in your e-mail’s subject line.

Timeline for Abstract Submission:

June 30, 2021 – Abstract Submission Form Opens

September 10, 2021 –Abstract Submission Form Closes (Deadline Extension)

September 27, 2021 – E-Mail Notifications of Accepted Abstracts Sent

October 18, 2021 – Short Research Presentation Slides Due

October 18, 2021 – Pre-Recorded Poster Materials Due

November 9, 2021 – Day One of Short Research Presentations

November 10, 2021 – Day of Poster Session

November 11, 2021 – Day Two of Short Research Presentations

This event is supported by the Rural Drug Addiction Research COBRE at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln [P20GM130461], the COBRE on Opioids and Overdose at Rhode Island Hospital [P20GM125507], the West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute [5U54GM104942], the WV-INBRE at Marshall University [P20GM103434], and the COBRE Center for Addiction and Disease Risk Exacerbation at Brown University [P20GM130414]. All are funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health.

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