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American Dental Hygienists' Association
Open Call for Abstracts
95th Annual Conference
Research Poster Session

The American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Research Poster Session provides dental hygiene researchers and educators the opportunity to present their work, exchange ideas and share information and effective strategies for teaching and mentoring research with their colleagues and other dental hygienists. Abstracts are being solicited for an open poster session during ADHA's 95th Annual Conference in Columbus, OH. Research must support the ADHA’s National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda (Click here to view the ADHA National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda).


Abstract presenters must be one of the following: 

  • Clinicians 
  • Educators 
  • Researchers 
  • Master’s level students in an accredited institution

An individual may submit only one abstract and may present only one poster at the meeting, but may appear as a co-author on other abstracts. Presenters do not have to be a member of the ADHA. Presenters are not required to be the principal investigator of the study, but must be a member of the research team. Please note that entry-level or degree completion dental hygiene students are to apply to ADHA’s Student Participation and Awards Program. Persons submitting an abstract for the Annual Session are doing so with the understanding that they must adhere to the conditions and deadline policies.


Research that has been previously presented and/or published less than one year prior to the dates of the ADHA Annual Conference will be considered. However, acknowledgement must be made by providing the citation to the published research. All presenters from either the American Association for Dental Research/International Association for Dental Research or the American Dental Education Association Research Sessions are invited to present their research at the ADHA Research Poster Session. Please provide citation if previously published/presented research and mark the appropriate box on the abstract submission form.


All presenters of accepted abstracts are expected to register for and attend the meeting. If an emergency arises and the presenter is unable to attend, the presenter must notify the ADHA office in writing prior to the meeting that they are withdrawing the abstract or naming a substitute presenter. All notices should be emailed to The substitute must be a co-author and not already presenting another abstract. Failure to follow these procedures may result in the submitter being prohibited from presenting at the next ADHA meeting.


By submitting your abstract, you are agreeing to have it appear in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. All accepted abstracts will appear in the Abstracts Issue of the Journal of Dental Hygiene for the Annual Session. The Abstract Issue is prepared by direct reproduction of the author-prepared abstracts. Abstracts will not be edited in any way. Thus, any error that appears in the submitted abstract will appear in the Journal of Dental Hygiene. It is strongly recommended that the abstract is reviewed by a third party not involved with the study, prior to submission. Abstracts with excessive grammatical or typographical errors will be rejected.


All presenters will be required to pre-register by Wednesday, April 25, 2018. When you receive your acceptance notification, you will notice that you are only provisionally accepted for the program in Columbus, OH. There will be a link in the notification letter to our online registration form. If you do not pre-register by the date given, you will not be allowed to present your abstract at the meeting. Presenters will be responsible for their own meeting registration fees, transportation and lodging expenses.


Authors are asked to refer to the abstract preparation guidelines below. Submissions will undergo a double- blinded review process by an external review committee. All abstracts must be submitted via the web using the ADHA Online Application Form. Deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, March 2, 2018. Notification to the authors of accepted, provisionally accepted or rejected abstracts will be made by Friday, March 30, 2018. Presentations of accepted abstracts must reflect the abstract’s content.




1. Please read all instructions before typing the abstract on the electronic form.


2. Proofread your abstract carefully. The abstract will be evaluated and reproduced directly from the online form.


3. The word maximum of the abstract is 400 words for all sections combined, no exceptions.


4. The first page will ask for contact information of the Author submitting the application. The second page will ask you to indicate which category of the National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda your research falls under. The third page will ask for information about your research funding sources, etc. The fourth page will provide space for you to submit your abstract, specific to the type of research being presented. The abstract page will provide specific sections for Problem, Objective, Methodology, Results, and Conclusions, etc.


5. The abstract must be single-spaced. Include a double space between each paragraph. Use a narrative text, and do not include any graphs, tables, or references.


6. Abstracts MUST be submitted using the submission form associated with this webpage. The form can be accessed by clicking on the "Login" tab above and creating a profile. Additional information regarding the poster sessions including a sample abstract can be found at the ADHA Web site:


7. Presentations of accepted abstracts must reflect the abstract’s content.


8. All presenters for the Poster Session must register for the meeting at the appropriate registration fee.


9. Presentations will be grouped according to the categories listed in the ADHA National Dental Hygiene Research Agenda. Each author submitting an abstract must indicate one category in which the abstract is to be placed. Check the appropriate category on the second page of the submission form.


10. All posters must be accompanied by a presenter who is a member of the research team.


11. Funding support must be identified as last sentence, i.e. “Funding for this project through ADHA IOH”.