Call for Abstracts


This year’s meeting will be conducted virtually the week of  October 4th 2021, providing the opportunity for attendees to participate in all sessions. Key highlights of this virtual meeting include:

  • A diverse program that includes the latest trends and best-practice recommendations in topics such as surgical techniques, anesthesia and analgesia, pre-, intra-, and post-operative care, catheter and vascular access port care and maintenance, telemetry, medical devices, animal welfare and the 3Rs, and more.
  • Program content that will be accessible on-demand for a number of months following the event.
  • Automatically-tracked attendance for your CE credits

In our new virtual format, you will have the option to present content as a Live Webinar (with a focus on either the Scientific nature of your work or the Surgical Methods) or as an On-Demand Poster.

Topic Suggestions

  • Animal models
  • Cardiovascular
  • General, soft tissue
  • Orthopedic
  • Dermatological
  • Ophthalmic
  • Transplantation
  • Education, policy, ethics, or regulation
  • Other

Abstract Submission Process

Submit directly online! Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, August 27, 2021

Abstract Review and Selection Process:

  • All submitted abstracts will go through a peer-review process carried out by a review committee.
  • All abstracts will be reviewed by at least two referees, selected by the scientific program committee.
  • Scores assigned by all reviewers are averaged. The cut-off average score for acceptance is based on available oral and poster presentations. Rejections are further evaluated by the scientific program committee.
  • Poster and oral presentations are viewed as equally important components of the ASR meeting.
  • Abstracts accepted for presentation will be published electronically in the Journal of Investigative Surgery, the official journal of the Academy of Surgical Research unless authors opt-out.

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection:

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the submitting (corresponding) author by September 3, 2021.

Please note that only the corresponding author will receive mail concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive instructions for the presentation of their abstract.

ASR Partner and Vendor Participation


Early Bird Rate is available through August 31, 2021!

Attend, Contribute, and help make ASR 2021 a success!

  • The event planning committee for ASR 2021 welcomes participation and support from our partners, vendors, and lab service providers
  • Vendors that support and participate will receive free attendance to the meeting and have the opportunity to present as part of the meeting agenda.  ASR feels this is the best way to include vendors and service providers, ensure ample networking with participants, and importantly build a diverse, educational agenda
  • We have updated our offerings for this year’s meeting by ensuring your sponsorship is as customizable as possible!
    All options can be viewed here:
  • Please feel free to connect with Kathi Schlieff and Andy Henton to discuss these options and secure priority placement as a virtual meeting supporter and participant. Email Kathi and Andy 

2020 Award Winning Poster by Lena Medina, RATLG

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations of conference registration received by the ASR Headquarters before 5:00 PM (Central Time), September 13th, 2021 will be honored and processed within 30 working days.  Each conference registration cancellation will be assessed a $50 (USD) processing fee.

Cancellation requests received after 5:00PM (Central Time) on September 13th, 2021 will require justification and explanation behind the reason for cancellation. Refunds will be granted at the discretion of ASR, less any expenses incurred by ASR. Refunds will not be granted for no-shows. Registrants assume responsibility for notification to and verification of receipt by the ASR Headquarters.  Please send your refund requests to

Contact the Program Committee

The program committee welcomes topic suggestions for the upcoming ASR Annual Meeting. To provide input, please click the link provided – it will open an email to the program committee: Submit Topic Suggestions to Committee

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