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What are the criteria for a late-breaking submission?
The Late Breaker poster sessions are an opportunity to present your most compelling research results that were previously not available at the time of the first abstract submission. You will be required to include a statement about why your abstract is late-breaking.

When can I submit my late-breaking abstract for presentation at GSA’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting?
The submission site will open on July 13. The deadline is September 13 at 11:59 pm ET. Notification messages will be sent in October.

GSA does not accept abstracts via e-mail or mail. It is highly recommended you log in early to ensure your credentials are correct.

How do I submit an abstract?
To submit an abstract: Go to www.geron.org/abstracts

  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

Is there a limit to the number of posters I can submit?
The first author can be listed as first author on a maximum of two late breaker abstracts. Posters will not be accepted if they were previously submitted to GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting.

What is the Late Breaker submission fee?
The abstract submission fee must be paid via credit card through the Abstract Central system at the time of submission. The fee is non-refundable. The fees are:

  • Professional: $30
  • Student: $20

May I get a refund for my abstract handling fee?
The abstract submission fee is a processing fee and is nonrefundable. Once the abstract has been submitted, it is considered processed.

I am having trouble signing in – why doesn’t my password work?
Go to www.geron.org

  • Passwords are case sensitive. To re-set your password go to www.geron.org
  • Click the white “log in” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Enter your username and password
    • If you have forgotten your password, select “forgot password”
    • If you do not have an account with GSA, you may create one here
  • If you still need assistance with logging in, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Once logged in, click the white “my account” button on the top right side of the home page
  • Click “Abstract Central” to begin the submission process

What are the browser requirements for the submission site?
The submission site works best using the browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

Did the submission site change from the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting?
Yes. Please plan ahead to familiarize yourself with the new software.

How can I get assistance with my abstract submission?

Can I be a first/presenting author on an abstract if I am not a member of GSA?
Yes. You may submit an abstract as a non-member.

What is the difference between the abstract submitter, first author and co-authors?

  • The abstract submitter is the individual who logs in to submit the abstract. This is the individual who will receive all notification messages, scheduling information, and presenter instructions. You cannot change this after the submission has been started!
  • The first author will be the presenter if the abstract is accepted. If the abstract is accepted and the first author is not able to attend and present, it is acceptable for a co-author to take over presentation duties. Once the abstract deadline passes, the first author listed will not be able to be changed in the printed materials.

Can I request a presentation date/time? Is it possible for my coworkers and me to be in the same poster session?
We are not able to honor requests for specific presentation dates, times, or groupings.

Am I automatically registered for GSA’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting by submitting an abstract?
No! You must register for GSA’s meeting separately. Registration information is available at www.geron.org/register.

When will I receive confirmation of receipt of my abstract?
The submitter will receive an e-mail confirmation of the submission. To check on the submission status, log into the abstract submission site and the submitter can see the submission listed under ABSTRACTS. If the abstract has been successfully submitted a green check mark will appear to the left of the abstract title. Any drafts you have been working on, but have yet to be submitted, will have a pencil icon and state “INCOMPLETE SUBMISSION”.

How can I get a receipt for my abstract submission?
To print a receipt for your submission, log into the abstract submission site. Under the Abstracts Header, your completed submission will by listed with an option to VIEW RECEIPT. Click on VIEW RECEIPT and you can print a copy of your receipt.

Can I edit my abstract after it has been submitted?
Your abstract can be edited up until the submission deadline, but NOT after the deadline. To edit your abstract, log into the abstract submission site, click on your submitted abstract listed under ABSTRACTS. You MUST click the SAVE SUBMISSION button after making edits for it to be considered during the review process. You will not have to pay the submission fee again. GSA will not make any edits after the submission deadline.

I am the first author of an abstract and I am unable to attend the meeting; what should I do?
Although the first author is the preferred presenter, any co-author may present without having to notify GSA. If no one can attend the meeting and present the abstract, the first author must withdraw the abstract in writing by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as soon as possible.

Can I withdraw my abstract after the submission deadline?
Yes. To withdraw an abstract submission, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 5, 2018. If the request to withdraw is made after this date, GSA cannot ensure removal from the printed program.

When can I find out my presentation information?
Presentation information for Late Breaker abstracts is e-mailed to all submitters in October.

Presentation information for the March 15 submission deadline abstracts will be e-mailed to all submitters in July.

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Can I present my research if it has been previously presented or published?
Materials previously published or presented at any professional meeting may not be submitted, except in cases of additional findings crucial to the initial report.

I have submitted my research to a peer-reviewed journal. Is it still eligible for late-breaker submission?
Submission of your abstract to GSA will not affect the publication of a manuscript. Manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals that have not yet published would still be eligible for abstract submission

Where will the abstracts be published?
All accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of Innovation in Aging.

When and where is GSA’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting?
November 14-18: Boston, Massachusetts

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