15th Annual Health Disparities Research Symposium

UPDATE: The abstract submission period is now closed. Thank you for submitting your abstract.  

Symposium event dates: The event will be held fully virtual on October 13 & 14, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on both days. Registration info is forthcoming.  

HDRS showcases research on health disparities conducted by faculty and trainees at UC San Francisco and other Bay Area healthcare and research institutions. Our purpose is to inspire future collaborations and research direction by showcasing the breadth and depth of disparities research. The goal of the symposium is to build community among disparities researchers across disciplines and across units, schools, and campus sites. 

Abstract Submission Eligibility Requirements

  • 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, a 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

  1. All submissions will undergo peer review by a committee of established health disparities researchers and/or prior year presenters.
  2. 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 abstracts on its website.*

Submit Your Abstract

The abstract submission period is now closed. Thank you for submitting your abstract. 

For questions, please contact Brian Neumann at Brian.Neumann@ucsf.edu

Watch previous HDRS events.

Accessibility Information

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For accommodations, please contact Brian.Neumann@ucsf.edu.