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Call for Late Breaker Abstracts FAQ

When can I submit my late breaker abstract for presentation at GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting?
The late breaker abstracts submissions site is now closed for the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.

What are the criteria for a late-breaking submission?

The Late Breaker poster sessions are an opportunity to present your most compelling research results that were previously not available at the time of the first abstract submission. You will be required to include a statement about why your abstract is late-breaking.

Can I submit a symposium or paper as a late breaker?

No. Late Breaker abstracts can only be submitted for consideration as a poster presentation.

How do I submit an abstract?

To submit an abstract: Go to www.geron.org

  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

Is there a limit to the number of late breaker posters I can submit?

The first author can be listed as first author on a maximum of two late breaker abstracts. Posters will not be accepted if they were previously submitted to GSA’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.

What is the late breaker submission fee?
The abstract submission fee must be paid via credit card through the Abstract Central system at the time of submission. The fees are:

Professional Late Breaker Poster: $30

Student Late Breaker Poster: $20

I am having trouble signing in – why doesn’t my password work?
Passwords are case sensitive. To re-set your password go to www.geron.org

  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
    • If you still need assistance with logging in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

I see a message that my abstract is incomplete, but I know I have completed all the tasks. What do I do?

Please note that after you have completed all steps and clicked “Save Submission,” you will be taken to a second page where you must also click “Submit.” This will complete the submission. If you know you have completed all questions in your abstract submission but are still receiving a notice that your submission is incomplete, please double check that you have completed this final step.


What are the browser requirements for the submission site?
The submission site works best using the browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

Can I be a first author/presenter on an abstract if I am not a member of GSA?
Yes. You may participate as a non-member.

What is the difference between the abstract submitter, first author and co-authors?

  • The abstract submitter is the individual who logs in to submit the abstract. This is the individual who will receive all notification messages, scheduling information, and presenter instructions. You cannot change this after the submission has been started!
  • The first author will be the presenter if the abstract is accepted. If the abstract is accepted and the first author is not able to attend and present, it is acceptable for a co-author to take over presentation duties. Once the abstract deadline passes, the first author listed will not be able to be changed in the printed materials.

Can I request a presentation date/time? Is it possible for my coworkers and me to have sequential presentations?
Unfortunately we are not able to honor requests for specific presentation dates, times, or groupings.

Am I automatically registered for GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting by submitting an abstract?
No! You must register for GSA’s meeting separately. Registration for the annual meeting will open in late June.

When will I receive confirmation of receipt of my abstract?

All authors will receive an e-mail confirmation of the submission. To check on your submission status, log into the abstract submission site and you can see your submission listed under ABSTRACTS. If your abstract has been successfully submitted a green check mark will appear to the left of the abstract title. Any drafts you have been working on, but have yet to be submitted, will have a pencil icon and state “INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION”.

How can I get a receipt for my abstract submission?

To print a receipt for your submission, log into the abstract submission site. Under the Abstracts Header, your completed submission will by listed with an option to VIEW RECEIPT. Click on VIEW RECEIPT and you can print a copy of your receipt


Can I edit my abstract after it has been submitted?

Your abstract can be edited up until the September 12 submission deadline, but NOT after the deadline. To edit your abstract, log into the abstract submission site, click on your submitted abstract listed under ABSTRACTS. You MUST click the SAVE SUBMISSION button after making edits for it to be considered during the review process. You will not have to pay the submission fee again. GSA will not make any edits after the submission deadline.

Can I withdraw my abstract after the submission deadline of September 12, 2019?
Yes. To withdraw an abstract submission, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 13, 2019 and it can be removed from the Annual Scientific Meeting mobile app but cannot be removed from meeting materials.

If the request to withdraw is made after this date, GSA cannot ensure removal from the mobile app.

I am first author of an abstract and I am unable to attend the meeting; what should I do?
Although the first author is the preferred presenter, any co-author may present. However, all correspondences will continue to be sent to the individual who submitted the abstract (this CANNOT be changed). If no one can attend the meeting and present the abstract, the first author must withdraw the abstract in writing by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible.

When can I find out if my late breaker was accepted?

Presentation information for Late Breaker abstracts is e-mailed to all submitters in October. To make sure you receive all GSA correspondence, add This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to your e-mail "safe senders" list.

May I get a refund for my abstract handling fee?
The abstract submission fee is a processing fee and is nonrefundable. Once the abstract has been submitted, it is considered processed.

When and where is GSA’s 71st Annual Scientific Meeting?
November 13 – 17th (Wed – Sun), Austin, Texas

How can I get assistance with my abstract submission?

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Where will the abstracts be published?
All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of Innovation in Aging.

Any other questions not seen above, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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