NOTE: Registration is now closed.

This year’s poster session will be held virtually on Slack, which offers registered attendees the ability to browse a gallery of all uploaded posters. The official poster session will take place at 12:00 p.m. EST on Friday, July 24; however, we ask that posters be uploaded to Slack on the Monday before the symposium, July 20, so that discussions can happen throughout the week. Access to the Slack channel and symposium links will be emailed to all registrants on July 16. If you do not already have a Slack account, you will need to create a free account.

Abstract selected poster talk (students and postdoctoral fellows only)
One graduate student or postdoctoral fellow will be selected to give a 10-minute abstract selected talk on the second day of the symposium, July 24, 2020. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who wish to be considered for this talk, are asked to please submit their poster abstract during registration by June 3 and indicate on their registration form that they wish to be considered for the talk. The selected speaker will be notified by June 10.

Slack poster upload instructions

1. Save your poster as a PDF. 

2. Go to Origins of Cancer Slack link provided via email.

3. Posters will be sorted into individual poster channels. Using your assigned poster number, find the #poster channel with the corresponding number and then upload your poster PDF to that Slack channel (e.g., if you have poster 1, it will go in the #poster 1 channel; if you have poster 29, it will go in the #poster 29 channel).

Abstract format
Submitted abstracts should represent original research. The title should be brief and descriptive, and the body should include rationale, methods and results. Please prepare abstracts using the below template.


Presenting Author1,2, Other Author1, and Last Author1,3(Style = Authors)

1First Dept., Institution, City, State, Country, 2Second Dept., Institution, City, State, Country, and 3Last Dept., Institution, City, State, Country (Style = Affiliations)

Body of abstract using 300 words or less. Define each abbreviation at first use. All fonts should be Arial, 11 pt. and text should be single-spaced. Once you have filled in this template, choose File>Save As and save your file as a Word document (.doc or .docx) with the filename lastname_abstract. (Style = Body)

Abstract submission
All who register for the symposium are welcome to submit a poster abstract. Poster abstracts should be submitted during the registration process in a Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. All abstracts must be submitted on or before July 15. Those who submit a poster abstract during registration will receive their poster number via email on July 16. A complete abstract book will be shared as a PDF with all participants who register prior to the symposium.

Poster session discussions
In order to reply to or comment on a specific poster, in Slack hold your mouse over the poster you wish to comment on, and select the speech bubble icon on the right-hand side that says “Start a thread.” We encourage communication to happen under specific posters instead of in the general poster channel.

Questions regarding abstract submission, posters, or the poster session can be directed to Lauren McGee at

For help with Slack:

 Summary of important dates

DateKey poster related dates
Wed., May 13Registration opens
Wed., June 3Abstract deadline for talk consideration (trainees only)
Wed., June 10Committee notifies trainee selected for talk
Wed., July 15Last day to submit poster abstract
Mon., July 20Registration closes
Fri., July 24Poster session – 12:00 p.m. EST