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These step-by-step instructions guide you through the abstract submission process. Submitters should read them carefully in advance to have the right data on hand for submitting abstracts, applying for awards and choosing the desired mode of presentation and presentation topic area. Average submission may take up to 20 minutes when materials are pre-formatted, as outlined in the Submission Instructions

Abstract Submission Instructions pdf

Each online submission step is described with detailed instructions below

  • Edits are allowed until submission deadline
  • Abstracts are not peer-reviewed, but if included in the Program Guide or Abstract Book, are citable.
  • Only regular abstracts, not late-breaking abstracts, are evaluated for oral presentations and/or travel, merit, and poster awards
  • No changes to an abstract's presenting author will be accepted after 8 May, 2019
  • Abstracts will be made available to registered meeting attendees at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Please review the Call For Abstracts Deadlines, & Fees for general information. 

Note that abstracts submitted are screened by the Program Committee to ensure that they meet these standards:

    Must include substantive results, whether experimental, calculated, or theoretical
    Clinical case studies will not be considered
    Promotion of a commercial product or service is not permitted

Read our helpful tips for writing a compelling abstract .

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Abstract Submission Site:


  • Must be in all uppercase letters (ALL CAPS)
  • No more than 175 characters (including spaces)
  • If a tissue type is in the title, it should include the species used (e.g. MOUSE RETINA, HUMAN MUSCLE)

Submission Type:

  • Oral (submit 5 December, 2018 through 13 February, 2019) NOW CLOSED
    • To be considered for an eight (8) minute presentation during a concurrent session.  A number of abstracts will be selected to present an 8-minute talk during a plenary session. Submitters must indicate their interest in these plenary talks.
    • If the abstract is not selected for an oral presentation, the accepted abstract is automatically considered for a poster presentation
    • Oral presenters do not prepare posters on the same abstract.
  • Poster (submit 5 December, 2018 through 13 February, 2019) NOW CLOSED
    • To be considered for presentation of a poster for one hour during one of the meeting’s poster sessions
    • Posters are on display for one meeting day
    • Posters submitted in this time frame are grouped by topic area in the Poster and Exhibit Hall
    • The poster should display text and illustrative material (e.g. photos, tables, charts, etc.)
  • Late-Breaking (submit 21 February, 2019 through 10 April, 2019) NOW CLOSED
    • Only poster presentations accepted
    • Posters submitted in this time frame are grouped in one area of the Poster and Exhibit Hall

Presenter Trainee Status:

For each abstract, the submitter must indicate if the presenting author is a trainee (post-doctoral fellow or currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or medical degree program).

Task List for Each Submission:

Abstract Submission Agreement

Presenting Author: 

  • Each abstract must identify one presenting author who will register and attend the meeting using first name, last name, city, state, country, email, gender, institution/company, and career status (select one option):
    • Trainee: post-doctoral fellow, graduate, undergraduate, or medical student
    • Early career investigator: independent group leader for seven (7) years or less
    • Senior investigator: independent group leader for eight (8) or more years
    • Other: technician, staff scientist, etc.
  • A presenting author may present a maximum of three (3) poster presentations and one (1) oral presentation during the meeting
  • The submitter will automatically be listed as the presenter. Verify all in demographic information of the presenter. If the abstract submitter is NOT the presenting author, you must remove the submitter's name and update the correct information
  • No changes to an abstract's presenting author will be accepted after 8 May, 2019


Each abstract may have a maximum of 24 co-authors and must list for each individual: first name, last name, city, state, country, email, and institution/company.

Abstract Details:

Submission Topic: Abstracts will be reviewed within the topics below. Select one:

  • Adipose and Connective Tissue
  • Cancers
  • Cardiac Tissue and Disease
  • Chromatin and Epigenetics
  • Clinical Trials and Regenerative Medicine Interventions
  • Endothelial Cells and Hemangioblasts
  • Epithelial Tissues 
  • Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues; Education and Outreach
  • Eye and Retina
  • Germline, Early Embryo, and Totipotency
  • Hematopoiesis and Immunology
  • Musculoskeletal Tissue
  • Neural Development and Regeneration
  • Neural Disease and Degeneration
  • Organoids
  • Pancreas, Liver, Kidney
  • Placenta and Umbilical Cord Derived Cells
  • Pluripotency
  • Pluripotent Stem Cell Differentiation
  • Pluripotent Stem Cell: Disease Modeling
  • Reprogramming
  • Stem Cell Niches   
  • Technologies for Stem Cell Research
  • Tissue Engineering

Additional Abstract Questions:

Be prepared to answer these questions:

  1. Does the research described include a clinical trial or other experimental treatment?  This excludes research using cell lines or tissues obtained using proper consent.
  2. Is the research described in this abstract part of an academic-industry partnership or collaboration? This question is for information gathering only, it does not affect abstract review

Awards for Travel, Merit, & Posters:

Only trainee submitters (post-doctoral fellow, graduate, undergraduate, or medical students) who submit abstracts during the regular abstract submission timeline and are ISSCR trainee members are eligible. 

To apply, select your interest for the appropriate award(s) during the online abstract submission process:

  • ISSCR 2019 Travel Awards 
  • The ISSCR 2019 Travel Awards are meant to help defray the cost of attending the 2019 annual meeting but will not cover all of the costs. Travel stipends will be dispersed based on the quality of the abstract submission as well as economic need.To be considered for a travel award, candidates must be an ISSCR member by 13 February, 2019
  • ISSCR 2019 Poster Presentation Awards
  • The ISSCR 2019 Poster Presentation Awards will be presented to postdoctoral fellows, graduate or medical students based on the submitted poster abstract and the presentation of the work at the annual meeting. To be considered, candidates must be an ISSCR member by 13 February, 2019.
    Poster presentation awardees will receive a cash award in recognition of their work as well as complimentary meeting registration for the 2020 annual meeting in Boston, MA, USA.
    Poster Award recipients are announced in the final plenary session at the annual meeting. 

Abstract Text: 

Abstracts must be no more than 2,000 characters, not including spaces and written as one condensed paragraph.

Abstract text should NOT include section titles (e.g., methods, results, etc.), tables, graphs, charts, diagrams, authors, references, or acknowledge funding sources.

Funding Source:

Limited to 200 characters with spaces, submitters may include funding source information that will appear in the print and electronic abstract publication.

Plenary Oral Consideration (Oral Submissions Only):

New in 2019, 15 abstract selected speakers will be included in the plenary program. Plenary sessions will use tissue type as a common theme to explore innovation and discoveries from a wide variety of perspectives: molecular, cellular, animal model-based, and clinical. Oral submitters must indicate if the abstract should be considered for a plenary oral presentation and choose the plenary session topic for which it would be considered:

  • Endodermal Organs: Liver, Lung, Intestine
  • Mesodermal Tissues I: Hematopoietic System, Kidney
  • Mesodermal Tissues II: Cardiovascular System, Skeletal Muscle, Connective Tissue
  • Neural Ectoderm
  • Pluripotency and Germ Cells
  • Surface Ectoderm and Endocrine Organs: Skin, Appendages, Mammary Gland, Prostate, Pancreas, Metabolism, Fat

Concurrent Session Topics (Oral Submissions Only):

Choose up to two (2) Concurrent Session topics that best fit your abstract’s research to be considered by the Program Committee: 

    Developmental Principles for Stem Cells
    Engineering Tissues and Organs
    Epigenetic Regulation of Cell Identity
    Inflammation and Microbiome
    Lineage Choice and Asymmetric Cell Division
    Mechanisms of Pluripotency and iPS Cell Reprogramming
    Mechanisms of Transdifferentiation
    Molecular and Cellular Dynamics
    Non-mammalian Model Organisms
    Organoid Models

    Road to the Clinic
    Stem Cell Aging
    Stem Cell Ethics
    Stem Cell Heterogeneity
    Stem Cell Metabolism
    Stem Cell Niches
    Stem Cell-Based Disease Modeling
    Stem Cells and Cancer
    Tissue Regeneration and Homeostasis
    Tools to Interrogate Stem Cells


All prices in USD. Non-refundable. 

  • Payment must be made via credit card
    • Each regular abstract submission is $60
    • Late-Breaking Abstract submission fee is $90


Direct any speaker questions to your session liaison or Liz Weislogel