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NHAND Call for Abstracts

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NHAND 2014 Pharmaceutical Perspectives 
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NHAND invites you to submit an abstract for the 14th Annual Pharmaceutical Perspectives conference to be held November 14 – 16, 2014 in Nashua NH. All abstracts will be reviewed by the conference committee. Accepted abstracts will be published in the proceedings materials and course notes will be available on the NHAND website, which will be accessible to conference attendees.

Please read all guidelines before submitting an abstract. Incomplete abstracts will not be considered.

Important Dates:

March 21, 2014 – Abstract submissions due
April 4, 2014 – Notification Date
September 1, 2014 – Final materials due

All presenters are required to submit PowerPoint slides for the conference proceedings materials by this date. By submitting an abstract, you agree to this deadline.

Presentation Topics:

The 2014 conference committee is looking for a wide variety of interesting topics for the conference. Roughly 30% of selected presentations may be non-pharmacy lectures/general CE. Therefore, all topics are encouraged and will gladly be considered.

Conference Attendees:

Conference attendees are primarily experienced naturopathic physicians, although the conference is also attended by a few pharmacists, osteopathic doctors, nurse practitioners, chiropractors and other health care professionals.


Conference presenters will receive a $250 honorarium and a complimentary conference registration with CEUs for lectures attended (valued at $325). All presenters are responsible for their own travel, room & board.

Commercial Bias:

All presentations awarded continuing education must be free from commercial bias. The sessions must represent a fair and balanced view of product, procedure or device. When preparing your presentation and materials, please keep the following in mind:

• No bias towards a particular product, procedure or device should be presented. All applicable products should be presented to ensure a fair and balanced view.
• Classes/types of drugs or products should be used instead of brand names whenever possible
• Do not refer to trade names of any products unless trade names are used for ALL products
• Use generic names instead of brand names whenever possible
• Absolutely NO company logos on any slides or handouts

Selection Process:

The conference committee will make selections based on content, learning objectives, and other evaluation criteria (including quality of the abstract itself). Preference will be given to presentations that will be eligible for pharmacy credits.

An important note about pharmacy requirements:

Our conference is entitled Pharmaceutical Perspectives. Many naturopathic doctors in the Northeast and across the country depend on this conference to provide a significant percentage of the pharmacy continuing education credits they need to maintain licensure. For this reason, we strive to program roughly 70% of our presentations as pharmacy credits. Guidelines for pharmacy credits are as follows:

• A minimum of 50% of presentation slides must focus on therapeutic agents used by naturopathic doctors. These agents are interpreted to include: botanicals, nutritional supplements and nutraceuticals, as well as drugs.

• A minimum of 25% of presentation slides must focus specifically on pharmaceutical agents (drugs). The pharmaceutical slides might discuss how/when these approaches work well, their limitations, interactions with naturopathic approaches, etc – but they must discuss drugs.

Example: If a presentation contains 100 slides, at least 50 of them must discuss naturopathic therapeutic agents (botanicals, homeopathy, vitamins/minerals etc) and at least 25 of those MUST discuss pharmaceuticals/drugs.

Evaluation Criteria:

Abstracts will be evaluated on the following:

• Relevance
• Learning Objectives
• Significance and originality of material
• Clarify of abstract
• Speaker experience/quality (if known)
• Pharmacy content

The conference program will consist of oral presentations 60 – 90 minutes in length.

Instructions for Abstract Submissions

To submit your abstract, please go to:

You will need a completed abstract, .jpg photo and a speaker bio ready when you start the process. If you have more than one speaker, you will see fields in which you can upload additional documents. You may upload the additional speaker photos there. If you need to send anything else – you can send to . Please reference your proposal title in the email.

General policies and requirements:

• Abstracts must be factual and report significant research findings, clinical procedures/results, techniques, topics or products
• Absolutely no late submissions will be reviewed
• The conference committee reserves the right to suggest co-presenters or combine presentations
• Submitters should be available to present during any day of the conference, November 14 – 16. Sessions will not be scheduled per individual requests
• Presenters are responsible for the transport and storage of presentation materials
• It is the responsibility of the presenter to ensure accuracy of content and spelling in presentation
• Abstracts and coursenotes will be published int eh proceedings materials, on the conference website, official conference app and any other NHAND publications (print or electronic). All copyright of such materials is transferred to the NHAND. The conference committee reserves the right to reformat presentations to ensure publication uniformity
• All speakers must provide information on any conflict of interest and make aware any affiliation or financial interest that may affect the speaker’s presentation. Accepted speakers will be asked to complete disclosure forms.

Formatting and Submission:

Font must be Times New Roman, size 12 point. All typing should be single-spaced. All margins (top, bottom, left and right) must be 1 inch. Abstracts should be formatted in MS word or as a .pdf file.

Abstract Specifications:

ALL of the following must be included in your submission. Incomplete abstracts will not be reviewed.

1. Contact Information

Contact Name (1 person as the primary contact)
Address, City, State Zip
Daytime Telephone Numer
Email Address

2. Speaker Information

Presenter(s) Full Name/Degree(s)
Preferred length of presentation
Presentation Title
Short description of presentation (up to 50 words)

3. Abstract Content

• Clearly stated learning objectives
• Presentation outline
• Mention of whether you believe your presentation would qualify for pharmacy credits
• Target audience (e.g. medical practitioner, researcher, scientist, policy maker, student, general audience)
• Biographical Sketch (up to 150 words) for each presenter

There is no limit to the number of abstracts one may submit.

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