Call for Abstracts


Call for Abstracts Now Open!

The Critical Care Canada Forum is a 4-day conference focusing on the care of critically ill patients. Internationally recognized, the Critical Care Canada Forum focuses on leading-edge science through informative and interactive sessions. The Scientific Abstract session at the meeting provides an opportunity for investigators, clinicians, and trainees in varied disciplines to interact and to exchange and disseminate innovative ideas and technologies.

We invite physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, dieticians, physio- and occupational therapists and other allied health professionals to submit their science for presentation. Abstracts and posters will be displayed using an electronic format; therefore we also encourage you to consider using images and video in presenting your science, where appropriate.


  • Abstract submission opens: February 15, 2017;
  • Abstracts will be accepted in English OR French;
  • Headings:  Abstract title, Authors and Affiliations, Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion;
  • The total length of the abstract (Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion) should not exceed 3,500 printable characters, including punctuation and non-visible characters such as spaces;
  • Supporting files (up to 3) – graphics, text, tables, and images will be accepted for uploading (e.g. doc, docx, Adobe PDF, xls, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, WMV video file – up to 50MB);
  • Only abstracts that are complete and in accordance with headings provided will be considered for review



  • Early Submission Deadline: April 17, 2017, 4:00 pm EST
  • Early Acceptance Notices sent by: May 1, 2017
  • Late Breaking Submission Deadline: July 31, 2017, 4:00 pm EST
  • Acceptance/ Decline Notices sent by: August 21, 2017
  • Accepted Presenters to confirm presentation by: August 25, 2017
  • ePoster and oral session details sent to presenters by: September 1, 2017

For abstracts submitted by April 17, 2017, the Presenting Author(s) will receive a discount code that will apply a $100 discount toward his/her registration (for abstracts submitted by April 17, 2017 only), in addition to the early bird registration rate.


International applicants needing to apply for a visa are strongly encouraged to submit their abstracts by April 17, 2017 (early submissions deadline), in order to guarantee a timely acceptance notice (if applicable) by May 1, 2017. Please note that visa applications may take 60 to 90 days to process. Applicants requiring the acceptance notice earlier than May 1, 2017, please contact the conference secretariat at or call  +1.519.263.5050 / +1.519.263.6003 (direct line).

We are pleased to offer letters of invitation to registered attendees required for visa applications. Invitation letters can be requested once registration and payment has been provided in full. Please email to request a Letter of Invitation.

For all accepted abstracts, the presenting author must register for the conference in order to present (Oral or e-Poster).

Registration deadlines and fees: click here for details

We are pleased to consider financial support for applicants from Low and Middle Income Countries submitting abstracts, on a competitive basis, by Early Submission/Late Breaking Submission Deadlines (Contact


Copyright Transfer Agreement – Authors are required to agree to the copyright transfer acceptance noted below before submitting an abstract:

The submitting author must affirm on behalf of ALL authors:

  • that the material presented in the abstract is original material;
  • does not copy or otherwise infringe on the copyright or other proprietary rights of another party;
  • that the author(s) have been involved in developing the work presented in the abstract in order to take responsibility for the content;

The submitting author must ensure:

  • Conflicts or potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed. Such conflicts may include, but are not limited to, any activity related to the work presented in the abstract submitted that may influence the author’s judgment, for example:
    • Having received fees for consulting on a product or company which might be affected by the publication of your paper.
    • Having been employed by a related company which might be affected by the publication of your paper.
    • Holding stocks or shares in a company which might be affected by the publication of your paper.
  • When in doubt about whether a conflict or potential conflict may exist, please notify the secretariat upon abstract submission


  • Basic or Translational Science
  • Quality Assurance & Improvement
  • Education
  • Clinical Case Report
  • Survey or Interview (quantitative or qualitative)
  • Retrospective or Prospective Cohort Study
  • Clinical Trial
  • Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, or Meta-synthesis
  • Other

AUTHOR CATEGORIES (applies to first author only):

Trainees: Undergraduate students or graduate students enrolled in a degree program (PhD, Masters degrees including MPH, MN, MSc, etc.); health care professionals in training (e.g. residents and fellows), Allied Health professionals undertaking residency programs (i.e. pharmacists and dieticians) or specialty education (i.e. RNs completing a critical care course).

Non-trainee: Health care professionals (Physicians, Nurses, Respiratory therapists, Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, Dieticians, other) not undertaking a training program as described above.


  • Abstracts can be submitted online only.
  • Browser: for best results we strongly recommend using Chrome or Firefox when submitting your abstract. Do not use Internet Explorer unless you have to.
  • To start your submission: go to, and login using your existing username or create an account if you are a new user.
  • Only abstracts in English or French will be accepted;
  • Upload of supporting files will be available: graphics, text, tables, images, and videos will be accepted (Max 3 files: doc, docx, pdf, ppt, xls, xlsx, jpg, jpeg, WMV video file, up to 50 MB);
  • Headings are mandatory: Title, Authors, Introduction/Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusion, References.
  • The total length of the abstract should not exceed 3500 characters, including punctuation and non-visible characters such as spaces (character limit applies to the Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Title, Authors and References are not included in the character count);
  • Only abstracts that are complete and in accordance with headings provided will be considered for review;


Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by a panel of interprofessional judges prior to the conference.

Accepted abstracts will be presented at the Critical Care Canada Forum 2017 as Oral OR e-Poster presentations.

Top abstracts by trainees may be invited for an oral presentation in a related oral session. e-Poster display will be optional for those invited for an oral presentation.

All other accepted abstracts not selected for an oral session are expected to be presented as e-Posters.


ALL presenting authors are expected to be present at their e-Poster during designated poster viewing times (times TBD), and should be prepared to facilitate discussion with delegates, and poster discussion facilitation panel, which will consist of national and international faculty.

ALL e-Poster presenters will have the opportunity to provide a brief oral summary of the poster, followed by discussion with the poster discussion facilitators and delegates. Posters will be displayed electronically for the duration of the conference.


Authors of all accepted abstracts will be offered the opportunity of publishing their abstract on-line at the Critical Care Canada Forum website or in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, if the abstract has not previously been published elsewhere. Authors will also have the opportunity to decline publication of their abstract should they wish to submit and publish their abstract in another venue.


Each year, the top abstracts are eligible for the following awards:

The Garner King Award – Best Clinical or Quality Improvement Study
The Garner King Award is presented annually for the best Clinical & Quality Improvement study presented by a trainee at the Critical Care Canada Forum.

Allan Spanier Award – Best Education Study
The Allan Spanier Award is presented annually for the best Education study presented by a trainee at the Critical Care Canada Forum.

Michael Ward Award – Best Basic or Translational Science Study
The Michael Ward Award is presented annual for the best basic &Translational Science study presented by a trainee at the Critical Care Canada Forum.

CCCF Outstanding Trainee Abstract Award
This prize will be awarded for the best abstract from a submitting/first author from any discipline who is a trainee.

CCCF Outstanding Health Professional Abstract Award
This prize will be awarded for the best abstract from a submitting/first author from the disciplines of nursing, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, physio- or occupational therapy, nutrition, speech language pathology, social work or other allied health profession. 


For queries regarding the abstract submission process or if having technical difficulties, please contact:
Daniela Nogueira,
Conference Secretariat
T: 1.888.527.3434 (Toll free) / +1.519.263.5050 / +1.519.263.6003 (direct line)