Thanks to everyone who participated in the call for abstracts.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Banff in April! If you have not received an email about your abstract(s) status please log in to your profile at

Regular abstract submissions are now closed, but we will be accepting a few abstracts for late-breaking POSTER only submissions. Please contact if you have a late submission you would like to submit. Please note you will be able to view or withdraw abstracts, and edit your contact details, but you will not be able to edit your abstracts.

To complete this submission, you must remit a submission fee. There is a $40 CDN non-refundable, review fee for each abstract submission. The review fee is payable before submission via credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express). Once payment is successfully submitted, a receipt will be sent via email which will contain a Receipt Number. [ex. 3650-1541-9555-5125] This number will be required on the abstract portal page at the time of submission in order to complete the process. If you are submitting multiple abstracts, be sure to remit sufficient payment based on $40 CDN per abstract.

Only abstracts with confirmed payments will be reviewed.

Please click HERE to submit your fee.

Regular abstract submissions closes on: January 30, 2017 – 5:00 PM PDT
Poster abstracts will continue to be accepted until FULL. As of Feb 21, 2017 there are VERY LIMITED spots for poster presentations. Please contact if you have a late submission you would like to submit.

Key Dates

Late breaking abstract submission opens: December 1, 2016
Late breaking abstract submission closes: January 30, 2017                                                                       Presenter Notifications sent: February, 21, 2017
Acceptance deadline: February 28, 2017
Pre-registration deadline: March 6, 2017

Questions? Please contact:

Alan Lee


Canadian Obesity Summit 2017 Call for Abstracts and Workshops

The Canadian Obesity Network is pleased to announce a call for abstracts for the 5th Canadian Obesity Summit, to take place in Banff, Alberta on April 26-28, 2017.

Summit Goals

The goals of this Summit are:

  • To provide an interactive forum to share current understanding of the causes, complications, treatments and prevention approaches for obesity
  • To be a platform for exchange of obesity research from epidemiology and public health to cell biology, energy regulation, clinical management and health policy
  • To support students and new professionals and increase interdisciplinary capacity among future obesity researchers and health professionals in Canada
  • To provide networking opportunities for creating inter-sectoral research and knowledge translation partnerships

The conference will bring together approximately 800-900 participants from a wide range of educational institutions, governmental and non-governmental agencies, and the private sector.

Summit Themes

The program of the Canadian Obesity Summit is organized around the following themes:

  1. Environmental and Socio-Cultural Determinants
  2. Behavioural and Biological Determinants
  3. Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation
  4. Health Economics and Policy


  • Basic science – cellular, molecular, physiological or neuronal related aspects of obesity
  • Epidemiology – epidemiological techniques/methods to address obesity related questions in populations studies
  • Prevention of obesity and health promotion interventions – research targeting different populations, settings, and intervention levels (e.g. community-based, school, workplace, health systems, and policy)
  • Weight bias and weight-based discrimination – including prevalence studies as well as interventions to reduce weight bias and weight-based discrimination; both qualitative and quantitative studies
  • Pregnancy and maternal health – studies across clinical, health services and population health themes
  • Childhood and adolescent obesity – research conducted with children and or adolescents and reports on the correlates, causes and consequences of pediatric obesity as well as interventions for treatment and prevention.
  • Obesity in adults and older adults – prevalence studies and interventions to address obesity in these populations
  • Health services and policy research – reaserch addressing issues related to obesity management services which idenitfy the most effective ways to organize, manage, finance, and deliver high quality are, reduce medical errors or improve patient safety
  • Bariatric surgery – issues that are relevant to metabolic or weight loss surgery
  • Clinical management – clinical management of overweight and obesity across the life span (infants through to older adults) including interventions for prevention and treatment of obesity and weight-related comorbidities
  • Rehabilitation –  investigations that explore opportunities for engagement in meaningful and health-building occupations for people with obesity
  • Diversity – studies that are relevant to diverse or underrepresented populations
  • eHealth/mHealth – research that incorporates social media, internet and/or mobile devices in prevention and treatment
  • Cancer – research relevant to obesity and cancer

Please remember to use Inclusive Language and Images in your abstracts. People-first language is the standard for respectfully addressing people with chronic disease, rather than labeling them by their illness. Because of the importance of reducing bias associated with obesity, authors should not use “obese” as an adjective or noun to describe an individual person or group of people, but instead use terms such as “people with obesity”,  this also includes language and image that could be interpreted as stereotyping, biased, or prejudiced. The Canadian Obesity Summit and their partners urge all presenters to use people-first language for their presentations at the conference.

The Summit Planning Committee invites submissions of abstracts of proposed oral and poster presentations as well as proposals for half or full-day workshops, relating to the four themes around which the conference will be developed. All submissions will be evaluated as to their content, quality and appropriateness to overall Summit themes.

Abstracts for Oral Presentations Abstracts for Poster Presentations Proposals for Workshops

(ONLY available in the first call for abstracts)

Oral presentation abstracts can take one of two formats:

1. Reports. The first format is the traditional meeting abstract with a clear objective, brief description of methods, results and conclusions.

2. Overviews. The second format is designed for Principal Investigators or senior Trainees and is an overview of the subject of your research focus, presenting key findings in broad context. The abstract will be written for broad understanding.

We also encourage presentation of work in poster format, an exhibition which will enable discussion with presenters. Poster authors will be asked to stand by their poster during scheduled poster presentation times. These presentations will also be made according to the summit themes. Abstracts should take the form of traditional meeting abstracts with a clear aim, brief description of methods, results and conclusions. You may also submit a proposal for a half-day [~three (3) hours] or 90 minute workshop on a topic of interest to the obesity community. In order to be considered, the following criteria MUST be met:

  • at least one presenter is currently a CON member;
  • up to 250 word bios for the primary presenter and all co-presenters participating are submitted;

Due to the VERY limited space workshops that incorporate pan-Canadian or multi-team proposals will have an advantage.

General Information for All Submissions

Abstract and workshop proposals must be written in English. The length must be a maximum of 250 words in the body of the abstract or proposal, plus title and author(s) names and affiliations. Workshop proposals may include a general outline or agenda for the workshop which is not included in the word count. No references are permitted.

Originality of work, adequacy of data and clarity of exposition are the determinants in the selection process. Make abstracts and proposals as informative as possible.

For oral and poster abstracts include a brief statement of the purpose of the study or why it was done, the methods or what was done, the results observed and conclusions based on the results. Actual data should be summarized. It is inadequate to state, “The results will be discussed” or “The data will be presented.

A traditional research abstract will follow a structure that includes four main sections: (1) OBJECTIVE, (2) METHODS, (3) RESULTS, and (4) CONCLUSIONS. Abstracts are not required to follow this format, and it is up to the submitter’s discretion as to whether or not to follow this structure.

For workshop proposals, you will need to indicate the theme of your proposal, the session length, the type of presentation (e.g. active/noisy, interactive, lecture panel, other), and the maximum number of participants you can accommodate.

Click HERE To Submit an abstract

You will need to set up a free personal account in which you can create, edit and submit abstracts. You may submit more than one abstract or proposal using the same account. Please fill in all of the required fields. Abstracts or proposals sent by e-mail, mail or fax will not be accepted. If you have questions about completing the application form, contact the Canadian Obesity Network (

Please review your abstract to ensure that your information is correct and there are no typos. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that all information is correct since the submission WILL BE PRINTED as submitted.

To complete this submission, you must remit your submission fee HERE. There is a $40 CDN non-refundable, review fee for each abstract submission. The review fee is payable before submission via credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express). Once payment is successfully submitted, a receipt will be sent via email which will contain a Receipt Number. [ex. 3650-1541-9555-5125] . This Receipt Number will be required on the abstract portal page at the time of submission in order to complete the process. If you are submitting multiple abstracts, be sure to remit sufficient payment based on $40 CDN per abstract.

Only abstracts with confirmed payments will be reviewed.

Please click HERE to submit your fee.

  • Abstracts and proposals must contain plain text only (no symbols, mathematical formulas, formatted text, etc.)
  • Tables, figures and images are not allowed (please do not attempt to create tables with tabs or spaces)
  • Abstracts and proposals must not contain footnotes or references.
  • Ensure that Institutional Affiliations are entered completely and correctly for ALL authors (list in the order of authorship, separated by a semi-colon).
  • Abstracts and proposals that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.

You can choose to submit abstracts for oral or poster or both, but the Summit Planning Committee will make a final format recommendation based on the overall submissions in order to develop a comprehensive and compelling program.

The Late- breaking submissions close on: January 30, 2017 – 5:00 PM PDT  No changes will be possible after the submission deadline.

Completing the Forms

Abstracts and proposals must follow a specified format. The format is as follows:

  • The first letters of major words in the title should be capitalized.
  • Authors with multiple abstracts should list their names the same way on all.
  • Presenting author(s) must be indicated by an asterisk (*) after their name. The abstract system will add this automatically.
  • Author(s) with potential conflicts of interest must be identified by a dagger (†) after their name.
  • All abstracts and proposals must be submitted in blinded format. Identifiers such as city, province, or institution name should not be included within title or body of abstract or proposal.
  • The use of standard abbreviations is required. Examples include kg, g, mg, ml, L (liter), meq, m (meter), mmol/L (millimoles per liter), and % (percent). Abbreviated terms should be expanded at first mention with the abbreviation in parentheses. Then the abbreviation used throughout the rest of the submission. Use numerals to indicate numbers, except when beginning sentences.
  • Non-proprietary (generic) names should be used the first time a drug is mentioned and typed in lowercase letters; trade names are always capitalized, for example, aspirin (Bufferin).
  • For abstracts, the Committee will consider presentation preference. Marking an abstract as “Oral or Workshop” will not guarantee its selection for the program.
  • Within the online form, indicate the appropriate category under which you wish to have the abstract or proposal reviewed. The Committee reserves the right to move an abstract or proposal that has been inappropriately categorized without notifying the author(s).
  • All author(s) must complete the Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest and the content of these forms are included with each submission.
  • The information requested for the presenting author must be provided. The presenting author will receive notification of abstract or proposal status. Should the presenting author prefer, another email address may be submitted for correspondence and notification of status.

Submission Confirmation

Upon successful submission using the online submission website, the presenting author (and additional email address if provided) will instantly receive an acknowledgement of receipt. Please contact if you do not receive an email confirmation after submitting your abstract or proposal, but be sure to first check Spam/Junk folders. Authors may check the status of their abstract or proposal at any time by logging into their account.

Notification of decision will be communicated on or before February 21, 2017. An email will be sent to all authors when results are available. All authors has to notified acceptance by February 28, 2017.

Presenters’ Responsibilities

All abstracts must contain original data not previously presented or published. The responsibility for the abstract contents is solely of the author(s). The presenting author is required to ensure that all co-authors are aware of the contents of the abstract before submission. Abstracts will be considered only if consistent with the above instructions and received by the deadline.

Presenters must pay the registration fee for attendance at the conference. For more information on registration, please visit All expenses related to the submission and presentation of the abstract or workshop, including transportation, lodging, and meals are not the responsibility of the Canadian Obesity Network or the Canadian Obesity Summit.

Prizes will be awarded for the best student oral and poster presentations.