Keynote Lectures Announced!

Bridging the Translational Gap in Spina Bifida: Surgical Animal Models and In Utero Repair

A recent randomized trial demonstrated that open fetal surgery is effective in reducing the postnatal neurologic morbidity, as evidenced by decreased incidence and severity of postnatal hydrocephalus and reduced need for postnatal ventricular-peritoneal shunting. However, as open fetal surgery has been noticed to be associated with increased potential for maternal-fetal morbidities, innovative minimally invasive fetoscopic techniques to repair MMC are receiving growing attention for their less invasiveness and are now under clinical study in humans. A validated animal model is needed to bridge the translational gap to the clinic and should mimic the human condition to assess the efficacy of novel fetal therapies.

Marc Oria

Marc Oria, PhD
Research faculty Instructor,
Center for Fetal and Placental Research,
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), University of Cincinnati (UC)

About Marc

Pain in Rodents: Why We Need to Minimize It; Recognizing and Treating It

During this lecture we will explore methods for recognizing and assessing pain in rodents, including the common pitfalls and challenges to accurate pain assessment in these species and promising new methods for point-of-care use. In addition, we will review evidence-based analgesic strategies and touch upon the need to weigh both the potential impact of analgesics and unalleviated pain on research outcomes.

Jennie Lofgren

Jennie Lofgren, DVM, MS, DACLAM
Global Head of Animal Welfare and Compliance
Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.

About Jennie

Academy of Surgical Research 36th Annual Meeting

ONLINE – October 13 & 15, 2020

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020 (5:00 pm Pacific Time)

Typically, the Academy hosts an annual meeting each fall in varying locations across the U.S. However, due to rapid escalation of the COVID-19 pandemic and increasing uncertainty around travel restictions, the ASR Board of Directors has made the decision to move forward with a virtual meeting this year. The program will include a combination of live and on-demand content – importantly, the meeting will be hosted over two days, providing opportunity for attendees to participate in all sessions.  Conveniently, the program content will also be accessible on-demand for a number of months following the event.

CEU Information:

Registration and attendance to the virtual meeting will provide opportunity to collect CEUs recognized by the Academy.  Credits are available on a per session basis and are awarded based on the following criteria: a tracked attendance of 90% or more of the lecture or poster duration AND completion of session “check-points” when presented during the lectures.  In total, the virtual program will provide opportunity to collect a total of 13.5 CEUs.  An additional 1.5 credits can be earned by viewing the on-demand posters and submitting a review (report) of one of the posters to the Certification Committee following the virtual meeting.

Importantly, the entire virtual meeting will be available “on-demand” through Thursday, December 31, 2020 – credits will be awarded for watching/participating in the on-demand sessions, providing ample opportunity to all meeting registrants/attendees to earn the maximum credits available.


The annual meeting breaks down barriers between colleagues around the globe and provides a platform to discuss and share best practices in surgical research. Attendees of the annual meeting have a great deal of diverse surgical research experience, facilitating the perfect atmosphere for cross-specialty consultation and accessibility to expertise. The concerns approached, questions answered and experiences shared in conversation between members of all backgrounds (scientists, technicians and veterinarians) at the annual meeting has strengthened science. Furthermore, the connections created by attendees do not end when the meeting concludes – long lasting support and best practice sharing are a hallmark of ASR and its members.


Attendees of the annual meeting can expect a diverse program including various topics such as:

  • Anesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Pre-, intra-, post-operative recommendations
  • Suturing Techniques
  • Catheter and Vascular Access Port Care and Maintenance
  • Telemetry
  • Surgical Techniques
  • Surgical Outcomes
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Bioengineering
  • 3 R’s
  • Ethics and Animal Welfare
  • Medical Devices

Who should attend?  Those who are…

  • designing and managing studies
  • performing surgeries
  • involved in pre-, intra-, or post-operative support
  • interested in the latest advancements in experimental surgical models
  • Veterinarians
  • Medical Doctors
  • Technicians
  • Scientists
  • Residents

Areas of Specialty:

  • Cardiovascular
  • General Surgery
  • Infusion
  • Telemetry
  • Respiratory
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Neurology
  • Soft Tissue
  • Vascular
  • Anesthesia
  • Analgesia
  • Wound healing
  • Transplantation
  • Orthopedic
  • Medical devices & implantation
  • Interventional surgery
  • Model development
  • Consultation
  • Trauma
  • Other

Animal Models:

  • Mouse
  • Rat
  • Hamster
  • Gerbil
  • Guinea Pig
  • Ferret
  • Rabbit
  • Ground Squirrel
  • Fish
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Minipig/Pig
  • Non-human Primate
  • Goat
  • Sheep
  • Poultry
  • Woodchuck

Academy of Surgical Research 36th Annual Meeting

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 15, 2020 (5:00 pm Pacific Time)

The organizers of the 36th Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research welcome the submission of abstracts. All submissions for the annual meeting MUST BE submitted through our online form.


Scientific Sessions & Posters:

Oral Presentation: Live webinar, 30 minutes (25 min + 5 min Q&A)
Virtual Poster: 10-15 minutes, pre-recorded and accessible on-demand during the course of the virtual meeting.

Keynotes and Scientific Sessions will be hosted during the virtual meeting as live webinars.  Meeting registrants will be able to attend from the convenience of their home or workplace, ask questions and access associated resources for each live webinar.  Virtual Posters included in the annual meeting will be pre-recorded ahead of time and accessible to meeting registrants on-demand during the course of the virtual meeting.  All content from the meeting will continue to be available on-demand until December 31, 2020. In addition, all Scientific and Poster 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.

Abstract Guidelines:

  • All abstracts must be submitted via the online submission form
  • There is no fee for submitting an abstract
  • Abstracts will be accepted in English only
  • Information regarding the number of animals on study should be included where appropriate
  • Surgical procedures should be summarized if applicable
  • Anesthetic regimen should be described and include dosages
  • Intra/post-operative complications (or the absence of) should be described
  • Description of pain management should be included (dose/route/frequency)
  • Statistical methods/results
  • The abstract text body is limited to 3,000 characters (Approx. 500 words) including spaces
  • Ensure that all co-authors approve of the abstract submission, publication, and potential presentation.

Please view the following resource [PDF]: Manual On Efficiently Writing Competitive Research Abstracts For Surgical Journals

Abstract Review:

  • 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

Copyright Policy:

Abstracts should not include libelous or defamatory content. Material presented in abstracts should not violate any copyright laws.

Notification of Acceptance or Rejection to Corresponding Author:

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the submitting (corresponding) author by September 15, 2020. 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.


Academy of Surgical Research 36th Annual Meeting

Please direct all questions regarding Content Sponsorship, Vendor Posters and Virtual Exhibition to our meeting partner, InsideScientific.

Main Contact:
Andy Henton
+1 (226) 973-9168

Content Sponsorship Information:

Becoming a virtual meeting sponsor and participating as a virtual exhibitor is a great way to support the fantastic research that will be highlighted during the program sessions and posters, promote your company, its services and solutions to a target audience, and support the continued growth of the Academy of Surgical Research and programs that support its members.

All scientific posters, oral lectures and keynotes hosted in the virtual program have sponsorship spots associated.  The chart below outlines the sponsorship cost for each type – please note, that sponsors may elect to share sponsorship on a specific scientific lecture or claim the spot as a sole-sponsor for the talk.  Sponsorship spots will be assigned on a first-come-first-served basis.  Please consult with the event planning committee for further information.

*All pricing listed is USD


Sponsorship Option Price Early Bird Rate Quantity Available
Virtual Poster $750 $650 10-20
Scientific Lecture (shared) $2,500 $2,300 12
Scientific Lecture (solo) $4,000 $3,800 12
Keynote Lecture $5,000 $4,500 2

Vendor Virtual Poster:

PRICE: $1,800  ** EBR: $1,500 **  

For vendors that wish to include an official presentation as part of the meeting agenda, they will be permitted to record an on-demand virtual poster and have it included in the poster library alongside scientific abstracts.  This is an excellent opportunity to present on recent technology innovation and advancements, elaborate on associated surgical methods and best-practices, or highlight your technology or services in a specific surgical research application.   NOTE: these sessions are not intended to be sales pitches or infomercials, but educational sessions focused on the role of your technology or service as it relates to the subject of surgical research.

Virtual Exhibition:

PRICE: $2,500  ** EBR: $2,250 **  

Virtual Exhibition will include a company landing page providing access to videos and downloadable resources such as brochures, flyers, application notes, user-guides and FAQs.  Exhibitors will also be able to provide outbound links to pages and resources hosted on your website and inform attendees how they can contact you during and after the virtual meeting is over.  Finally, two representatives from your company will be able attend the virtual meeting sessions and also virtually “staff” your booth during the course of the two-day program – an embedded chat function can be used to connect with attendees and communicate with them live.

Importantly, the virtual exhibition area will remain available through the course of the program and for the entire on-demand access period of the virtual meeting.

Sponsor Packages:

Platinum: $10,500  ** EBR: $10,000 ** 
Includes: 1 x Keynote, 1 x Session (shared), 3 x Posters, 1 x Virtual Booth, logo and recognition in virtual meeting lobby

Gold: $7,800  ** EBR: $7,500 **
Includes: 2 x Sessions (shared), 3 x Posters, 1 x Virtual Booth, logo and recognition in virtual meeting lobby

Silver: $4,300  ** EBR: $4,150 **
Includes: 1 x Session (shared), 1 x Virtual Booth, logo and recognition in virtual meeting lobby

Bronze: $3,900  ** EBR: $3,800 **
Includes: 1 x Session (shared), 3 x Posters, logo and recognition in virtual meeting lobby

Please direct all questions regarding sponsorship and virtual exhibition to our meeting partner, InsideScientific.

Main Contact:
Andy Henton
+1 (226) 973-9168

Meeting Report of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, Clearwater Beach, FL, 25–27 September 2019

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Jenifer Sweet, & Jennifer Sheehan

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2020.1782543

Meeting Report of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, September 26–28, 2018 – Charleston, SC

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Leslie J. Stoll & Jon Ehrmann

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2019.1649767

Meeting Report of the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Surgical Research: Summary of Presentations, Labs, and Workshops, Focusing on Experimental Surgery, October 4–6, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

Authors: Melanie L. Graham, Tracy Ziegelhofer & Jon Ehrmann

DOI: 10.1080/08941939.2018.1450911

Future Meetings of The Academy of Surgical Research:

La Jolla, CA – 2021

Clear Water Beach, FL – 2022

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations of conference registration received by the ASR Headquarters before 5:00 PM (central time), September 22nd, 2020 will be honored and processed within 30 working days.  Each conference registration cancellation will be assessed a $50 (USD) processing fee.

Cancellation requests received on or after September 23rd, 2020 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 info@surgicalresearch.org.

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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