OSAP Calls For Abstracts for 2003 Symposium

Sept. 18, 2002
Submissions will eligible for the Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. ? The Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) is calling for abstracts for presentation during the 2003 Symposium in Tucson, Arizona. All researchers in infection control and occupational health and safety are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentation at OSAP 2003 on Thursday evening, June 19.

Abstracts may be submitted in the following areas:
Infection Control: Investigations on the prevention of infectious agent transmission based on epidemiologic, microbiologic, or behavioral investigations, or investigations on the occurrence of infectious agent or chemical agent transmission in the clinical setting; Occupational Safety and Health: Studies supporting the safe delivery of dental care to patients and health providers including, but not limited to, the occurrence and/or prevention of occupational injuries in the clinical setting; Environmental Science: Investigations on the nature and control of environmental hazards in the clinical setting, including water, wastewater, waste products, air pollution, radiologic or nuclear hazards; or
Other: Analysis of policy development and implementation, new analysis of existing research, meta-analysis or synthesis from existing studies of the above or behavioral studies (including intervention studies) of utilization or adoption of practices by dental personnel. This would include evidence-based reviews with specified criteria, new analysis of existing research, qualitative data or data other than that obtained from original research.

Papers must meet International Association for Dental Research (IADR) criteria for scientific merit. At least one of the authors of each abstract must be a member of OSAP. The paper judged best overall will receive the James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research, which includes a cash award and a recognition plaque provided through a generous grant from the Health Sonics Corporation. The winning paper also will be showcased in an oral presentation during the OSAP 2003 Symposium.

Abstract submissions must be received at the OSAP Central Office by Monday, March 1. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by Monday, April 14. OSAP is introducing a special mentorship service to researchers prior to the submission deadline. Researchers who have questions regarding design and/or methodology may contact the OSAP Central Office to be referred to a research expert. This mentoring service will only be available through March 1, 2003.
Interested parties are encouraged to download the Call for Abstracts information at www.osap.org, or contact the OSAP Central Office at 800-298-OSAP (6727); fax: 410-571-0028; e-mail: [email protected] for an information packet with further details on the submission process, the OSAP Symposium, and OSAP membership.

Note: the 2003 symposium is June 19-22 at the Westin La Paloma Resort in Tucson and will highlight the newly revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines for dental infection control and other timely topics.