We are pleased to announce this call for abstracts for the UC San Francisco Health Disparities Research Symposium XII. This event is part of the UC San Francisco Building Community Events, a series of special events campus wide honoring and highlighting diversity.

When & Where

The 12th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium at UC San Francisco will be held:

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Mission Bay Campus
600 16th Street, San Francisco, CA
Genentech Hall Building, Byers Auditorium – GH 106


This UC San Francisco Health Disparities Research Symposium is an opportunity to showcase research on health disparities conducted by faculty and trainees at UC San Francisco. The goal of the symposium is to build community among disparities researchers across disciplines and across units, schools, and campus sites. We would like to showcase the breadth and depth of disparities research to inspire future direction and collaborations. The symposium includes up to 8-10 oral abstract presentations (10 minutes for each oral presentation followed by 5 minutes for comments and questions). Since we know that the quantity of excellent research by UC San Francisco faculty is enormous, in our effort to build community, we will accept as many abstracts for the interactive poster sessions as space allows.

In this call for abstracts, health disparities refer to the quality of health and health care across racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. The definition of health disparities includes differences in the presence of disease, health outcomes, and quality of and/or access to health care. We welcome research based in all population groups stratified by age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, immigrant status, health status, disability, or language spoken as long as there is a focus on race/ethnicity and/or social class/socioeconomic status. We welcome research from the diversity of health-related disciplines, both quantitative and qualitative work. Research studies based outside the United States that address disparities by race and ethnicity or social class are welcome as well.

Submission Eligibility

  • Abstracts can be submitted for work that has been presented elsewhere or submitted to a journal for publication, but not for work that has already been published in a peer‐reviewed journal.
  • We encourage first authors and presenters at all levels from students to full professors. The first author will be the presenter of the selected oral abstracts.
  • Each person can be first author on only one submission.
  • Faculty and trainees from other Bay Area health care and research institutions are eligible to submit abstracts.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Structured abstracts are required. Abstracts should be no longer than one 8.5” by 11” page, in Arial 11 font, margins no smaller than one inch, and may be in single space. Please submit abstracts as PDF files. The abstract must conform to the following organization:

  1. Title. No all caps, quotes, underlining or bolding.
  2. Authors. Please list all authors by last name and initials, UC San Francisco school affiliation if applicable, academic department/division/ORU, other Bay Area institutional affiliations and academic title of first author/presenter.
  3. Background. Describe the context and importance of the study, statement that identifies why this is an important topic and specifies the purpose or goal of the study.
  4. Methods. Include a description of the methods used including setting, population, sampling techniques, measures, and analytical procedures.
  5. Results. A summary of results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions. Tables, graphs or figures are encouraged as long as the entire abstract is on one page.
  6. Conclusions. State the implications of the findings for clinical practice, research, education, or policy. We strongly discourage abstracts that have not yet produced results. Statements such as "The results will be discussed" or "Other data will be presented” are not acceptable.

Abstract Review and Selection Process

  • All submissions will undergo peer review by a committee of established health disparities researchers and/or prior year presenters.
  • Ratings will be based on the overall quality of the abstract, the balance and theme of the program, and the following criteria:
      • Importance to disparities research in that it introduces a new concept or sheds light on a research question or conclusively answers a research question;
      • Methods used are appropriate for the question posed;
      • Results that affect practice, teaching or policy and/or advance knowledge

The Office of Diversity and Outreach reserves the right to highlight and/or post selected accepted abstract on its website.

Abstracts must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, July 20, 2018.
HDRS 2018 Abstract Submission

Please note that your Abstract Submission does not secure your registration to the symposium. Please register through this link: HDRS 2018 Registration

Further Information

For additional information, please contact the scientific organizers:
Tung Nguyen (tung.nguyen@ucsf.edu) or Victor Fujimoto (fujimotov@obgyn.ucsf.edu).