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Research Brief & Poster Submission Application

American College of Nutrition’s 58th Annual Conference

Disrupting Cancer: The Role of Personalized Nutrition

Wednesday, November 8 - Friday, November 10, 2017, Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia


The medical science is evident: cancer is not purely genetic. It is not a binary nor a random disease. Instead, cancers are complex chronic conditions that occur across a spectrum of dysfunction with many factors impacting risk, onset and severity. In fact, 90-95% of cancers may be attributable to lifestyle and environmental inputs. The personalized nutrition paradigm is a powerful disruptor of both the narrative and pathology of cancer.

Discover how systems biology, metabolism, epigenetics, nutrigenomics, the microbiome and environmental inputs interact to unravel the trajectory and heterogeneity of cancer. Learn from thought leaders, innovators and clinicians to deepen your understanding of how personalized nutrition impacts cancer prevention and treatment.

Submission Requirements & Guidelines

All submissions should be geared towards professionals in the field of nutrition science. Submissions do not need to be specific to this year's conference theme and can cover any nutrition science topic. Proposals will be reviewed for scientific content, objectivity and relevance of subject matter. The decision to accept or reject an abstract rests with the conference program organizers. The submission deadline is August 31, 2017.  

Oral Research Brief Presentations are scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4:45-6:15 p.m. Each oral presentation will be 10 minutes long followed by 5 minutes for audience questions. If approved, your specific time slot will be determined closer to the conference. We have limited slots for oral presentations so please indicate on your submission if you are willing to be considered for a poster presentation as an alternative. These oral presentations will not be eligible for CME credit.

Poster Presentations do not have a formal presentation time and are viewed during designated break and lunch times. Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference Wednesday through Friday. Lunches and breaks will be the high flow times and we ask all poster presenters to be available for discussion during these times. Accepted posters will be automatically entered into the poster competition that will take place at the conference.

All abstracts must be submitted online. Faxed, emailed, or mailed abstracts are not acceptable. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.   

Submission FAQS

When will proposals be accepted for the 2017 Conference?

The submission deadline is August 31, 2017. You will be notified of the committee’s decision by September 29, 2017. In fairness to other prospective proposals, ACN strictly adheres to the proposal deadline and no late proposals will be considered.

How are the oral and poster presenters selected?

The conference program organizers review all proposals for scientific content, objectivity and relevance of subject matter. The decision to accept or reject an abstract rests with the conference program organizers.

Does the ACN cover travel and hotel expenses of accepted oral and poster presenters?

No. Presenters are responsible for all travel/lodging expenses associated with oral and/or poster presentation. 

We do have a discounted room block at the conference venue. Please make your own hotel reservations by calling the Westin Alexandria directly at 703-253-8600 and request the American College of Nutrition reduced rate starting at $219 per night for single/double occupancy (plus tax and parking). 

The Westin Alexandria
400 Courthouse Square
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: 703-253-8600
Book your reservations online!

Make your reservations early! A block of rooms is being held for us until October 17, 2017. The special room rate will be available until October 17 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Reservations will then be accepted on a space and rate availability basis only.  Be sure to mention the American College of Nutrition reduced rate when making your reservations.

Do I need to also register for the conference?

Yes. All accepted poster and oral presenters must also register for the conference. Conference registration opens March 29, 2017. To register online visit AmericanCollegeofNutrition.OrgIf you do not register for the conference you will not be permitted to present during the conference.    

What A/V equipment will be available onsite for oral presentations?

The below standard A/V will be provided in the lecture hall:

  • Projector/Laptop
  • Podium
  • Lavaliere microphone and podium microphone
  • Screen
  • Wireless mouse


If my oral presentation is accepted, what is the final presentation deadline?

All accepted oral presenters must submit an electronic copy of their final presentation to  by October 9, 2017. Please also bring a copy of the presentation with you to the conference on a thumb drive.

What equipment will be provided onsite for poster presentations?

Corkboards will be provided by the American College of Nutrition. The corkboards will be 4-ft tall x 8-ft wide. You will be responsible for all materials required for set up (including tacks, tape, etc.). There will be no additional tables, electrical outlets or equipment available for poster presentation. 

Any accepted poster presenters who are unable to attend the conference and do not notify ACN conference organizers will be responsible for all corkboard rental fees (approx. $300 per board).

What are the set up and breakdown instructions for poster presentations?

You may set up your poster on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 from Noon-1 p.m. It is important that your poster be installed before registration begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Posters must be dismantled following the conclusion of the conference on Friday, November 10, 2017. The ACN is not responsible for any lost or stolen posters.

For Questions Contact:

Meredith Twohy, Conferences and Events Manager


Phone: 858-768-2455

Please review the submission FAQs prior to submitting a proposal so you are fully aware of the benefits, compensation, requirements, and other aspects of oral and poster presenting.