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ASM Biothreats Co-Chairs

Jason Huntley, Co-Chair
University of Toledo

Gigi Kwik Gronvall, Co-Chair
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

Program Committee

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2018 ASM Biothreats Final Program

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Abstract submission is now closed!


Abstract Review Process

All abstracts submitted for consideration will be reviewed by at least one member of the Program Committee. The committee will determine if the abstract merits inclusion in the program and, if accepted, will schedule the abstract in the appropriate session for the meeting. An abstract may be rejected for one or more of the following reasons. All decisions relating to acceptance or rejection are final.

  1. No Background or Hypothesis - The abstract does not clearly indicate the reason for conducting the research or the question being tested by the experiments performed.
  2. Inadequate Experimental Methods - The investigators failed to describe procedures used or neglected to include important or essential controls.
  3. Insufficient Data Presented - The investigators failed to show the outcome(s) of their research. Insufficient data are presented to support the authors' conclusion(s).
  4. No Summary Form of Essential Results - The investigators failed to concisely summarize the result(s) of their research.
  5. No Conclusion - The investigators failed to describe the conclusions of their research with regard to the hypothesis being tested.
  6. Duplicate Abstract - The abstract contents substantively overlap with contents of another submitted abstract by the same author or co-author. Reviewers may elect to accept a single abstract and suggest that the authors consolidate their material.
  7. Not appropriate for the Biothreats meeting - The content of the abstract is not relevant to the defined goals of the Biothreats meeting.
  8. Promotional in Nature - The abstract was written to promote a specific product or procedure on behalf of a specific company or organization.
  9. Poorly Written - Improper use of the English language renders the abstract incomprehensible.
  10. Duplicate Presenting Author - An author can be the presenting author on only one abstract.


Abstract disposition notices will be made available via email notification to presenting authors only the week of October 29. It is the responsibility of the presenting author to inform all co-authors of disposition status and accepted abstract scheduling information. If you have not received notification by Monday, November 5, please email to have a disposition notice resent.

Withdrawals and Penalties

If an abstract must be withdrawn, the author must send a letter of explanation to ASM at If an accepted abstract is published prior to 2019 ASM Biothreats the authors agree to withdraw the abstract. Withdrawals of abstracts made after November 9, 2018, can be subject to a penalty as described below.

Persons who submit abstracts should consider them official communication to the conference. The following cases can incur a penalty, prohibiting the author from presenting papers at ASM meetings and conferences for up to three years. A letter will be mailed to individuals being subject to this penalty. Those who wish to dispute the penalty must write a letter to the Biothreats Program Committee and send it to the attention of the Biothreats Program Assistant at A response letter will be sent to the presenting author once the committee has considered and acted on your exception request.

Cases subject to penalty:

  • Submission of an abstract based on results that have been published in any journal, or on any web site before Thursday, January 31, 2019; or presented or submitted for presentation at any public scientific conference prior to January 31, 2019.
  • Withdrawal of an abstract after the Friday, November 9 deadline.
  • Failure of any of the co-authors to present an accepted abstract as scheduled.
  • Use of a slide or poster presentation for promotional purposes.
  • Presentation of an unauthorized abstract.
  • Failure to notify ASM of a change in the presenting author.

Abstracts Dealing with Microbiological Sensitive Issues

The ASM Council Policy Committee affirms ASM’s long-standing position of the society that microbiologists will work for the proper and beneficent application of science and will call to the attention of the public or the appropriate authorities' misuses of microbiology or of information derived from microbiology. ASM members are obligated to discourage any use of microbiology contrary to the welfare of humankind, including the use of microbes as biological weapons. Bioterrorism violates the fundamental principles expressed in the ASM Code of Ethics and is abhorrent to ASM and its members.