Submit Your Abstract

The deadline to submit your abstract has passed. Emerging Science Abstract submissions will open in mid-November. 

Abstract Topics

Abstract submission is encouraged in all areas of interest. In addition to the topics listed below, abstracts are sought specifically for the high-profile Neuroscience in the Clinic Sessions.

Scientific Program Abstract Submission

Abstracts will be accepted in all areas of neurology and neuroscience. 

  • Aging and Dementia
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology 
  • Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology
  • Child Neurology and Developmental Neurology
  • Epilepsy/Clinical Neurophysiology (EEG)
  • General Neurology
  • Global Health
  • Headache
  • Infectious Disease
  • History of Neurology
  • Movement Disorders
  • MS and CNS Inflammatory Disease
  • Neurocritical Care
  • Neuroepidemiology
  • Neuro Trauma and Sports Neurology
  • Neuromuscular and Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG)
  • Neuro-oncology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology/Neuro-otology
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Pain and Palliative Care
  • Practice, Policy, and Ethics
  • Research Methodology and Education
  • Sleep
Neuroscience in the Clinic Sessions
  • Antisense Oligonucleotide (ASO) Therapy
  • Opioid Use and Abuse: The Overlapping Neurobiology of Pain and Addiction, and the Path Toward Better Treatments
  • Challenges in Genetic Diagnoses in Neurology
  • Treatment of Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
  • REM Sleep Behavior Disorder - Past, Present, Future
  • Neurologic Complications of Cancer Immunotherapy: A New Frontier in Neuro-inflammation
  • Autism Myth Busters

Abstract Submission Guidelines

The AAN encourages authors to submit previously published or presented work. View the 2018 Abstract Submission Guidelines for more information. 

5 Steps to Abstract Acceptance
  1. Beat the Deadline
    Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time for writing, proofing by other authors, revision, and the logistics of submission.
  2. Submit Your Best Science, Regardless if Presented Elsewhere First
    The Annual Meeting brings together top scientists and neurologists from around the world across a wide range of subspecialties to network and discuss advances in the field. While original research is emphasized, submission of previously presented work is encouraged if it is of interest to the field of neurology.
  3. Submit Online 
    All abstracts should be submitted online. The body of the abstract must be 300 words or less. A maximum of two abstracts per first author may be submitted (excluding practice, policy, and ethics; research methodology and education; and history of neurology topics).
  4. Plan to Show up
    All accepted abstracts must be presented by either the first author or co-author at the Annual Meeting.
  5. Deliver the Data 
    With few exceptions, authors should be prepared to have results available at the time of presentation.

Note: Successful submission of your abstract is not a guarantee of acceptance.

Abstract Submission Fees

Submission fees vary by member type. A maximum of two abstracts may be submitted by a first author (excluding practice, policy, and ethics as well as research methodology and education and history topics). Become an AAN member and save!

AAN Member: $50.00
Non-member: $150.00

Fees Waived for the Following:

  • Post-doctoral Trainees
  • Medical Students 
  • Graduate Students 
  • Junior Residents and Fellows
  • PhD Candidates 
  • Junior Interns
Why Submit?

Gain Maximum Exposure for Your Work!

  • As the world's largest gathering of neurologists, the AAN Annual Meeting is the best place to collaborate on and discuss your findings with diverse experts from around the world.
  • Your abstract could be covered by major media outlets around the globe, including the New York Times, USA Today, CNN, the Associated Press, and many more.

"The AAN Annual Meeting is the greatest event in neurology worldwide, and offers a chance to see frontiers in neurology research and the latest progress in different fields of neurology. As a young researcher, it is important for me to present my work to world-renowned researchers and professors from different countries to get their opinion and comments on the work."
Shervin Badihian, MD

"I submitted an abstract to give some visibility to work that I consider important, but which was not yet ready for formal submission to a journal. Posters are always an excellent way to interact with your colleagues, gauge interest, get feedback, and advance your own knowledge of the particular field. There's opportunity for valuable social connections."
Sarah Ingersoll, RN, PHN
Clinical Assistant Professor, Neurology

Abstract Submission FAQs

What is the maximum word count per abstract submission?
The body of the abstract must be 300 words or less.

How many abstracts can I submit?
A maximum of two abstracts per first author may be submitted (excluding practice, policy, and ethics as well as research methodology and education, and history topics).

Can I submit and/or will the AAN accept previously presented/published abstracts?
Yes. Abstracts previously presented at a subspecialty meeting or published in a publication may be submitted.

What is the size of the poster board in the Poster Sessions?
All poster board sizes are four feet high by six feet wide.

Does the AAN accept case reports in lieu of an abstract?
Yes. Please note that case reports must meet the length requirements (no more than 300 words per case report) and must use the existing abstract submission website. 

Do I have to be an AAN member to submit an abstract?
No. However, AAN members receive a special $100 discount per abstract on submissions as a member benefit. Learn more to find out how you can become an AAN member today.

I am a Junior Resident/Junior Fellow/Post-doctoral Trainee/Medical Student/Graduate Student/PhD Candidate/Junior Intern. Do I have to pay a fee to submit an abstract? 

Abstract submission fees are waived for first authors matching these career types only. 

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