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Call for Abstracts for the Wisconsin Health Improvement and Research Partnership Forum

Call for Abstracts for the Wisconsin Health Improvement and Research Partnership Forum

2013 Wisconsin Health Improvement and Research Partnerships ForumIn 2011 & 2012, the WREN Fall Forum was transformed to bring together over a half dozen Wisconsin Research Networks for the first ever “Network of Networks” Research Conferences in Wisconsin. Building on that success, the 2013 forum will again spotlight the collective accomplishments of the networks and related Wisconsin organizations who work to improve the health of the people of Wisconsin. The theme of the Forum is: “Now that we have met each other and know who we are, how can we work together, using our unique perspectives and approaches, to accomplish our common mission?”


We invite you to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster. We are seeking abstracts highlighting Wisconsin-based research projects, Research Network collaborations, Community-based research, and quality improvement initiatives.

Abstract Guidelines

  • Abstracts will be selected for either oral or poster presentation. Higher rated abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.
  • Abstracts should include title, authors and affiliations. The body should include introduction, objective, methods, results, and conclusions. The body must be 300 words or less.
  • Final selections will be based on the quality of the abstract and its relevance to the forum theme, goals and objectives.
  • Abstract quality will be judged on clarity, data presented and interest of results. While methodological rigor is valued, the abstract’s practical utility and interest will be key factors.
  • Factors that would increase abstract relevance include:
    • Potential for engaging conference attendees
    • Potential for additional dissemination/sharing of interventions
    • Greater impact on the health of Wisconsin residents
    • Demonstrating innovative models of collaboration
  • We anticipate that many abstracts will present projects that are not yet complete; while having results is preferred, reports of such “research in progress” are welcome.

Workshop Guidelines

  • Workshops will last 60 minutes.
  • Abstracts for workshops should include title, name and affiliation of workshop presenters. The body of the description should include relevance of the topic to forum audience or theme, learning objectives and a draft agenda, including teaching methods to be used. For example:
    • 15 minute introductory didactic lecture regarding “Project name”
    • 30 minutes: small group discussions of barriers to implementing “Project” at workshop participants’ facilities
    • 15 minute large group discussion of barriers and facilitators
  • The body must be 300 words or less, including agenda
  • We will seek out sessions that include one or more of the following:
    • Depth of content
    • Diversity of expertise among submitting team members
    • Interactive and creative approaches to teaching and learning
    • High likelihood of generating discussion among the workshop participants.

Abstract Submission

  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically. Application materials are available at: http://www.fammed.wisc.edu/wren/submissions
  • Submission deadline is Monday June 24, 2013.
  • Authors of accepted abstracts will be informed before July 30, 2013.


Questions may be directed to melody.bockenfeld@fammed.wisc.edu

Sponsoring Organizations

  • Community Academic Aging Research Network (CAARN)
  • Community Health Connections (CHC)
  • Clinical & Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI)
  • Health Innovation Program (HIP)
  • Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation
  • Mayo Clinic Health System Practice-Based Research Network
  • Pharmacy Practice Enhancement and Action Research Link (PEARL)
  • Wisconsin Network for Health Research (WiNHR)
  • Wisconsin Network for Research Support (WINRS)
  • Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN)
  • UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research


NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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