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Late Breaking Abstract Information

Late Breaking Abstract Submission will be open July 14 - August 24, 2023

GSA will be accepting Late Breaking Poster & Paper Abstracts for GSA 2023. Late Breaking Poster & Paper Abstracts are an opportunity to present your most pressing research results that were previously not available at the time of the first abstract submission. Program areas open for Late Breaking Poster Abstract submissions include Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Research, Policy, and Practice.

Individuals may submit a maximum of two abstracts as a first author and a non refundable submission fee is required for processing each abstract submission. Accepted papers will be organized by theme and will be 90-minute sessions composed of four to six individual paper presentations. Additional details and resources will be available as it gets closer to the submission open date.

Why Submit?

  • Enhance your career by presenting your research at the most prestigious gathering of experts in the field of aging
  • Discuss your study findings with attendees from more than 36 countries
  • Build strategic partnerships and turn challenges into opportunities
  • Dozens of journalists cover the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting; abstracts have been referenced in outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC News, BBC, Reuters, Associated Press, Time, U.S. News & World Report, and others—with millions of media impressions each year!

GSA 2023 Call for Late Breaking Paper Presentation Themes:

GSA is expanding late breaking abstracts this year to include paper submissions and include calls for paper presentations that relate to one of the ten themes listed below:

Alzheimer’s Disease Including Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias
The toll of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related dementias (ADRD) on individuals, caregivers, and society is both enormous and expected to increase as the population ages. Papers relevant to AD/ADRD and frontotemporal degeneration, Lewy body dementia, multiple etiology dementias, and vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia along with broader cross-cutting areas, including health equity, are welcome. Topics of interest include basic and translational science, diagnosis and prognosis, therapeutics, research training, public health, psychosocial issues, cognitive and dementia epidemiology, behavioral and social pathways to AD/ADRD, early psychological and functional changes, AD/ADRD prevention, dementia care, and caregiver/care partner research, 

Applying Principles to Reframe Aging in Your Work 
The National Center to Reframe Aging is dedicated to ending ageism by advancing an equitable and complete story about aging in America. The center is the trusted source for proven communication strategies and tools to effectively frame aging issues. It is the nation’s leading organization, cultivating an active community of individuals and organizations to spread awareness of implicit bias toward older people and influence policies and programs that benefit  all of us as we age. This is a call for papers on reframing aging to enhance knowledge about aging (including K-12, higher education, and lifelong learning), improve attitudes about older people, and increase support for aging policies and programs. 

Climate Change and Aging
Continuing a recent call for papers by The Gerontologist on Climate Change and Aging, this call for papers for presentation at GSA 2023 has a focus on the impact of climate change on older populations, especially those that address intersections of health disparities and aging. Submissions that deal with cultural representations of aging and climate change would also be appropriate. Research on climate change solutions is also encouraged. For example: How are older people involved in climate justice, healthy environment initiatives, and environmental and climate change movements? What role is there for older people in responding to climate-linked disasters? What programs, community collaborations, interventions, or lifestyle changes promote resilience, health, and reducing the impact of climate change? 

Clinical Practice Innovations
Clinical practice innovation by and large refers to the process of effectively conceptualizing, implementing, and studying ways to improve both health care delivery at the bedside and the broader health care delivery system. The 21st-century health care team (physicians, nurses, etc.) requires the ability to adapt and change practice as new payment and delivery system models are developed and implemented. This is a call for papers on innovative solutions that deliver patient care resulting in improved access, quality, continuity of care, and patient outcomes. Among the areas of interest are the immune system, vaccines, brain health, oral health, overweight and obesity, sleep health, sensory impairment, and cellular nutrition. 

Community-Based Participatory Research Approaches
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) begins with involvement in a research topic of importance to the community and combines knowledge with action to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities. This is a call for papers on CBPR approaches for collaborative interventions that involve scientific researchers and community members to address diseases and conditions disproportionately affecting health disparity populations. 

Effects of Discrimination Across the Life Course
Discrimination is itself a social determinant of health. As a type of stressor experienced by individuals and groups, discrimination can be based on characteristics such as race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical and social attributes, body size, ability, social class, religion, and many others—as well as the multiple intersections of these characteristics. Discrimination is also a determinant of access to other important social determinants of health. The direct and indirect health impacts of discrimination are harmful not only to the targets but to their families, loved ones, and communities. The impact of discrimination on health is far-reaching, contributing to the multitude of health inequities many marginalized communities face. This call for papers seeks innovative research methods, improved instrumentation, and new approaches for identifying all types of discrimination and their impact on health, health care, education (including K-12, higher education, and lifelong learning), economic stability, and neighborhood and built environment.

Health Equity Across the Life Course
To achieve health equity, systems and policies that have resulted in the generational injustices that give rise to health disparities must change. Many populations experience health disparities, including people from some racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities, women, people who are LGBTQI+, older people, people who have neurodivergent features, people with overweight and obesity, other groups, and the multiple intersections of these. This call for late breaking papers seeks culturally relevant and respectful health promotion (including K-12, higher education, and lifelong learning) and intervention efforts aimed at eliminating disparities and achieving health equity.

Motivating Patients for Health Behavior Change
Effectively encouraging patients to change their health behavior is a critical skill for health care professionals. Modifiable health behaviors contribute to an estimated 40% of deaths in the United States. Physical inactivity, poor diet, unsatisfactory sleep, suboptimal adherence to medication, tobacco use, and similar behaviors are prevalent and can diminish the quality and length of people’s lives. This is a call for papers on approaches such as goal setting, self-monitoring, action planning, and implementation intentions that focus on harnessing motivation and promoting action in patients inspired to change. 

Quality Improvement Innovations in Health Care 
Quality improvement (QI) is a systematic, formal approach to the analysis of practice performance and efforts to improve performance. A variety of QI models exist to help practice teams collect and analyze data and test change. This is a call for papers on implementing QI and improving efficiency, patient safety, or clinical outcomes. 

Translational Geroscience
Following the fourth Geroscience Summit hosted by the NIH Geroscience Interest Group and the recent editorial, Geroscience for the Next Chapter of Medicine, in The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences, this call for papers seeks advances in our understanding of the processes of aging and potential interventions that may slow down or reduce the disease and functional burdens often associated with older age. Investigators from all disciplines interested in geroscience are welcome to submit papers on discoveries and nurture this growing field from multiple perspectives and experimental approaches. 

Important Resources 

  • Late Breaking Poster Submission Planning Guide (Coming Soon)

  • Late Breaking Paper Submission Planning Guide (Coming Soon)
    Please read the abstract submission planning guide(s) in its entirety. This guide includes submission criteria, guidelines, program areas, and a worksheet. You will be able to edit your abstract as many times as necessary before the August 24 deadline. 

  • Submitting Your Abstract FAQs (Coming Soon)

  • New GSA President James Nelson shares his outlook for the year ahead.

Submission Fees

The submission fee is required for processing the abstract submission; it is nonrefundable (regardless of acceptance). Once the abstract has been submitted, it is considered processed.

Late Breaking Poster Submission Fee:

  • Professional: $45 
  • Student: $25

Important Dates

  • Early June - Abstract Acceptance/Non-Acceptance Email Notifications to Submitters (schedule and session information to be sent in July) 
  • Tuesday, June 27 to Monday, July 31, 2023 - Self-nominations open for paper/poster awards and travel stipends  
  • Mid July, 2023 - Abstract Schedule and Session Information Email Notifications 
  • Friday, July 14, 2023 - Late Breaking Abstract (Poster and Paper) Submission Opens; Details will be available in July
  • Monday, July 31, 2023 - Speaker ASM Registration and Withdrawal Deadline 
  • Thursday, August 24, 2023 - Late Breaking Poster Abstract Submission Deadline 
  • Early October - Late Breaking Poster Abstract Decision Email Notification


All presenters are required to register to attend the Annual Scientific Meeting. Register by 11:59 PM ET, September 1, 2023, to receive the special “Early Bird” rate.

Abstract Book

Accepted abstracts will be published in a supplement issue of Innovation in Aging, under the title: Program Abstracts from the GSA 2023 Annual Scientific Meeting. The Abstract Book will be available electronically only.

The abstract information published in the Abstract Book will appear exactly as provided in the abstract submission (i.e., author information: names, institution/organization, city, state, country; abstract title; abstract text).

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