Abstract submissions open
February 17, 2020

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 research, knowledge, 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.


  • Abstracts will be accepted in English;
  • Headings: Abstract title, Authors and Affiliations, 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 excluded from the character count). Text only (no graphics, images or tables are allowed in the abstract body);
  • Supporting files (up to 3) – only images (jpg, jpeg, or .png, with resolution 300 dpi, up to 10 MB) and videos (WMV video file – up to 50MB) will be accepted for uploading. Only images will be included in published abstracts;
  • Only abstracts that are complete and in accordance with the instructions provided above will be considered for review;
  • 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: click here and follow the instructions.


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.


Early submission deadline: May 11, 2020, 12:00 noon EST
Early acceptance notices sent by: June 1, 2020 (subject to change)
Final submission deadline: June 15, 2020, 12:00 noon EST
Acceptance for Oral/ Poster & decline notices sent by: July 24, 2020
Accepted Presenters to confirm presentation by: July 31, 2020
Final e-Poster and Oral session details sent to presenters by: August 14, 2020 (subject to change)


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

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

We can provide 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 registration@criticalcarecanada.com to request a Letter of Invitation.

We are pleased to consider financial support for applicants from low- and middle-income countries submitting abstracts, on a competitive basis. Requests to be submitted to abstracts@criticalcarecanada.com by May 11, 2020.

Registration deadlines and fees: click here for details and to register.


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 2020 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. E-Posters will be displayed electronically for the duration of the conference.


Abstracts being presented at the CCCF 2020 will be available on-line at the Critical Care Canada Forum website and App, during and after the conference. Authors will have the opportunity to decline having their abstracts posted on the CCCF 2020 website.

Authors of abstracts presented at CCCF 2020 will be offered the opportunity of having their abstracts published in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia (CJA). In order to be published in the CJA, abstracts cannot have been or be in the processes of being published elsewhere. Authors will be contacted regarding the publication of their abstract(s) in the CJA, after the conference. Authors will be able to decline publication of their abstract in the CJA, should they wish to submit and publish their abstract in another venue.


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