Ministry of Health 9th Annual National Health Research Conference Call for Abstracts

The Ministry of Health will be hosting its 9th Annual National Health Research Conference in November.

Research being conducted in four (4) main areas: (i) Oral Health (ii) Intentional and Unintentional Injuries (iii) Non-communicable Diseases, featuring cancers and (iv) Family Planning, will be showcased.

However, please note that the National Health Research Conference Secretariat will accept abstracts of high quality research findings that do not fall under the Conference theme.

General Guidelines for Submission

Abstracts will be reviewed by a committee and selected for oral or poster presentation based on a grading scheme. The abstract content checklist (page 4) may be used to guide authors on important factors considered in the grading exercise. Emphasis will be placed on the ability of the research to impact programmes and influence policy in the Ministry of Health. The scientific soundness of the research will also be evaluated, which includes objectives that are clearly stated and a methodology that is adequate to answer the stated objectives. Data analysis must be robust and results well presented, and include tests for significance as needed.

Once an abstract is accepted for presentation, it is expected that the presenting author will be in attendance to present it. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral, poster and student presentation. An additional prize will be awarded to the research most likely to impact policy.

Abstracts will be accepted by online submissions only. Submissions are to be e-mailed to by no later than 5 pm on Friday September 14, 2018. Receipt of abstracts will be acknowledged within 3 working days of submission. If there is no acknowledgement within this time, you may contact the Secretariat at or telephone 633-8157.

Instructions to Authors

  1. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be organized as objectives, method, results, and conclusion. The conclusion must answer the objectives.
  2. A word count must be included at the end of the document.
  3. The document should be organized with the title at the top along with the name(s) of all authors and the institutions to which they are affiliated (not positions). It will be assumed that the first author listed will be the presenting author; if this is not the case, then the presenting author should be indicated.
  4. The corresponding author, along with their email address should be indicated. ALL correspondences will be with the corresponding author through the email address submitted.
  5. There should be no tables, figures, pictures, graphs etc. in the abstract.
  6. The abstract must be properly constructed and grammatically correct.
  7. A cover letter must be submitted with the abstract to indicate that all authors have agreed to the submission and give their permission for the abstract to be published in the National Health Research Conference booklet. In addition, the author is welcome to indicate whether the research is in partial fulfilment of an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in order to be eligible for the prize for best student presentation.

For further information, please contact the Secretariat at:
Telephone: 633-8157.


Abstract Content Checklist

  • The abstract submission should cover all elements listed in the Instructions to Authors
  • The abstract should fit within the themes of (i) Oral Health (ii) Intentional and Unintentional Injuries (iii) Non-communicable diseases, including cancers and (iv) Family Planning. However, abstracts of other high quality research will be accepted.
  • The research should be of scientific merit.
  • The research should be of relevance to the Jamaican health sector, and should ideally be able to inform policy (though this is not a necessity).
  • The abstract should describe the content of the paper. It should properly introduce the topic, describe the body and comment on conclusions reached.
  • The abstract should be coherent and have appropriate punctuation.
  • Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.
  • The title of the paper should reflect the content of abstract.
  • The aims of the study should be clearly stated.
  • The scientific design/methodology is adequate to answer the questions asked.
  • The study adequately answers the aims.