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2018 OSAP Annual Conference

2016 Abstracts




Call for Abstracts             

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) announces a call for abstracts to be presented during the OSAP Annual Conference in San Diego, California on June 2-4, 2016.

The objective of this call is to advance development of OSAP’s dental infection prevention and patient/provider research and a clinical practice agenda across International boundaries. 

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Abstracts may be submitted in one of the following categories:

  1. Infection Prevention and Control: Investigations on the prevention of infectious agent transmission based on epidemiologic, microbiologic, or behavioral investigations; or investigations on the occurrence of infectious agents or chemical agent transmission in the clinical setting.  
  2. Occupational Safety and Health:  Studies supporting the safe delivery of dental care to patients and the occurrence and/or prevention of occupational injuries in the clinical setting.
  3. Antibiotic Resistance: Studies reporting antibiotic prescribing practices in dentistry are needed. This would include surveillance efforts to evaluate health care acquired infections from dental procedures; studies assessing dentist’s knowledge, attitudes, and behavior regarding antibiotic use; and reviews of educational tools and resources for dentists and patients on the importance of antibiotic stewardship in dentistry.
  4. Environmental Science: Investigations on the nature and control of environmental hazards in the clinical setting, including biohazards, water, wastewater, waste products, air pollution, radiologic and/or nuclear hazards. 
  5. 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.

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Panel Review                   

Papers will be reviewed by a prestigious panel of experts according to International Association for Dental Research (IADR) review criteria.  Abstracts will be evaluated utilizing a 100-point scale with a minimally acceptable level of 65 points. Evaluation panel members may transfer papers to another category.  Papers will be presented in poster format. OSAP may invite a limited number of researchers to present their findings orally.   To be considered for presentation, research papers must meet the following criteria:

  1. Abstracts must meet IADR criteria for scientific merit (
  3. The research presented must not have been previously published as a note or full-length article in a journal.
  4. Abstracts published or presented at another scientific meeting during the previous year may be submitted for poster presentation, but will not be eligible to compete for the Cottone award. 

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Presentations and Awards

OSAP is interested in increasing the amount of scientific research in infection prevention and control, occupational safety and health, environmental science and, especially, antibiotic resistance. If OSAP accepts a minimum of 20 abstracts, the organization will offer the James Cottone Award (see below).

Among the criteria considered by the expert reviewers are:

  1. Scientific rigor: Investigators adhere to the principles of experimental design, including appropriate use of statistical analysis. 
  2. Originality:  The investigation explores a new topic or approaches a familiar one in an innovative manner.
  3. Clinical relevance:  The research has potential applicability in the clinical or manufacturing setting.
  4. Contribution to the scientific literature: The findings presented constitute a major scientific advance in our understanding of infectious disease, occupational hazards, or the environment.  


Of the minimum of 20 abstracts accepted, the abstract judged best overall will be awarded the James A. Cottone Award for Excellence in Investigative Research, which includes a cash award of $500 and a recognition plaque.  The Cottone Award winning abstract will be presented orally with a 10-minute presentation followed by a 5-minute Q&A session.  

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Submission Procedures                          

Deadline for submission:  All submissions must be received at the OSAP Central Office no later than 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 18, 2016.  

Submission procedures:   

  1. At least one author in the abstract needs to be a current OSAP member.
  2. Complete submission form below and upload abstract in Microsoft Word format.  
  3. Applicants must be prepared to attend the OSAP Annual Conference to present their research (see below for registration discounts).
  4. Authors of accepted abstracts will agree that their abstracts will be released and made available to all OSAP Annual Conference attendees.

Submission format:

The text of the abstract (not including the title and authors listing) may contain up to 300 words (not including spaces).  The type font must be no less than 12 points sent electronically (MS Word).  Tables and figures will not be accepted with any abstract submission.  However, tables and figures may be included in the presentation of the abstract at the Conference.  Submissions must include the elements described below:

  1. Title - limited to 10 words.  Use a concise title that indicates the content of the abstract.  Capitalize the first letter of each word except prepositions, articles, and species names.  Species names should be spelled out at first use.  Italicize scientific names for organisms.  For marketed products, only generic names may be used (no trade names are permitted in abstract titles);
  2. Name of each investigator (OSAP member’s name(s) must be underlined) and their affiliations with an asterisk (*) after the name of the person who will present the poster;
  3. Background/Objectives:  Outline study objectives, the hypothesis to be tested, or description of the problem (10 points);
  4. Methods:  Report methods used or approach taken (30 points);
  5. Results:  Indicate essential results obtained in summary form with appropriate statistical analysis (p value, confidence intervals, odds ratio, etc. unless investigative in nature) (40 points);
  6. Conclusions:  Provide a summary of findings as supported by results with implications and conclusions (20 points);
  7. Acknowledgement of grants or other financial or material support.

Acceptance procedure:

Applicants will be notified by email of acceptance by Friday, April 1, 2016. The abstracts that receive the highest scores will be invited to present their research orally.  All other accepted abstracts will present via poster.

Presentation format:

Oral: For those abstracts selected for oral delivery, presentations will be strictly limited to 10 minutes with 5 minutes for questions and answers (no exceptions).

Poster:  Poster presentations will follow standard IADR format ( but the size will be AO in a portrait format:  46.8” H x 33.1” W; or in meters, 1189mm H x 841mm W.  Authors will be requested to staff their poster during the scientific abstract session (time to be determined). 

Registration discount

All non-student applicants with accepted abstracts will be granted a $100 discount on Conference registration. If attendees have previously registered for the early-bird rate, this discount will be refunded to the people whose abstracts were approved. NOTE TO STUDENTS: All full-time students with abstracts that have been accepted will receive a special student-abstract rate of $75 for the Annual Conference.  OSAP does not reimburse for travel, lodging, or other expenses incurred while traveling to the Annual Conference.

Abstracts selected for oral presentation will receive one complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

Deadline: Friday March 18, 2016

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OSAP 2016 Annual Conference Abstract Submission Form
San Diego, CA June 2-4, 2016


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