BCLA Clinical Conference 2017 Submissions and Criteria Guidelines 

The Call for abstracts for Educational Courses, Science Papers and Business Stream Presentations has now closed.

All entries will be reviewed by the Academic Committee and authors will be notified as to if their submissions have been successful or not by w/c 27th February 2017.

The Academic Committee decision is final. Any first author who failed to present their accepted abstract in the previous year without an accepted reason or whose poster/paper does not largely reflect their abstract will automatically be rejected.

It is required that all poster presenters must submit their poster in PDF colour format to events@bcla.org.uk by one week after the end of the conference. All submitted posters submitted by 1 May 2017 will be entered into the Best Poster competition which will be judged at the conference.

Further information 
NO submissions will be considered after the submission dates under any circumstances.  If a submission is not accepted, grounds will not be given and correspondence will not be entered into.

All presenters (including poster authors) must be registered for the full Conference. (Conference registration is now open!)

Failure to present an accepted presentation or poster at the Conference or not submitting a pdf of their poster(s) without good reason may jeopardise future submissions from the first author over the following three years.

Research papers accepted for publication in the Association’s journal, Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, within a year of the 2017 Conference will be awarded a voucher of £100 to the first author towards a future BCLA fee paying event (terms and conditions apply.

Information for Accepted Poster Submissions

Poster board Dimensions:

*A0 size, PORTRAIT:

841 wide x 1189 mm high

33.1 wide x 46.8 inches high


 As in previous years, we are pleased to recommend a poster printing service.  Click here for information and to order.

EDUCATIONAL COURSES/LECTURES & WORKSHOPS  


Educational Courses/Lectures will be 20-30 minute sessions which will be accredited for CET/CPD on current topics relevant to contact lens practice – SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED ON THE CALL FOR COURSES/WORKSHOPS.  AUTHORS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 3-4 WEEKS AS TO IF THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.
Workshops will be 75 minutes which will be accredited for CET/CPD on current topics relevant to contact lens practice with at least 75% of the time being hands-on for delegates to learn a new skill. A ratio of six delegates per demonstrator is required.

Topics of particular interest include:

Differential diagnosis of anterior eye conditions
FB removal / lid margin debridement, punctal plugging workshops
Therapeutic practice UK style
Solutions update
Computer vision syndrome and contact lens wear
Fitting children with contact lenses
Cataract management update
Grand rounds
The future of anterior eye practice – challenges and opportunities
Live OCT to inform scleral lens fit
Posture and ergonomics for healthy contact lens practice
Technology required for future contact lens practice
Topics that cover less readily available clinical competencies such as the use of contact lenses in low vision and binocular vision management
Practical experience required for Higher or Honours Diploma for the College of Optometrists or the ABDO

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED ON THE CALL FOR COURSES/WORKSHOPS.  AUTHORS WILL BE NOTIFIED WITHIN 3-4 WEEKS AS TO IF THEY HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL.

Science Stream and Case Reports 


The science stream is assessed in the form of abstracts that can be submitted as a poster only or as a paper/poster (allocated by the Academic Committee). Paper talks are usually 15 minutes or 6 minutes rapid fire. Case reports will be in poster format. Only one abstract can be submitted for each first author. Submission deadline is midnight (GMT) Friday 20 January 2017.  Please note a pre-screening service is available and entries must be submitted by 1 December 2016.

The abstract criteria are:

Contains a clear statement of hypothesis, an explanation of robust methods (such as cross-over and randomised trials with appropriate controls of sufficient sample size), a full report of the resulting data that unequivocally test the hypothesis and a brief discussion of their implications in the conclusion. 
Subject matter should be topical, novel and must contain original data (including actual numbers with standard deviations and significance values where appropriate) - it is important the study is completed rather than expected findings are stated
Abstract results must be of significant scientific value to advance the understanding or advancement of the field. Literature review abstracts will be rejected.
Work already published at the time of the conference cannot be accepted and the abstract must be different enough from that submitted to other conferences to avoid copyright issues
Up to 300 words in length  
Structured within the following headings: 
o Purpose 
o Methods
o Results  
o Conclusions
Past tense should be used, with no use of personal pronouns. 
Use of material / chemical / pharmaceutical names are encouraged rather than manufacturers' product names (on the paper/poster both can be used).
Spelling and grammar must be correct.
Commercial relationships must be fully disclosed. Predominantly commercial abstracts will be rejected unless they report new scientific research developments.

The Academic Committee decision is final. Any first author who failed to present their accepted abstract in the previous year without an accepted reason or whose poster/paper does not largely reflect their abstract will automatically be rejected.

Case Reports
A pdf of the proposed case report posters must be submitted. The poster should flow in chronological date order and describe the various treatments / products / conditions, using photographs wherever possible.

Submissions should be made using the ‘Call for Papers & Posters’ online form
 

Online submissions for the BCLA conference business stream now open for 2017

  • How do you keep your contact lens patients coming back to you?
  • How do you manage time and other constrained resources in a successful practice?
  • How do you price your services to be both competitive and profitable?
  • What are the most effective ways of bringing in new patients?
  • What new business technologies should you consider adopting for your practice?
  • How do you keep your staff happy and productive?

The call is open for presentations for the Business Stream, which will take place on Saturday 10 June 2017 at the BCLA Clinical Conference. 

The session will present business insights and developments for a successful contact lens and anterior eye practice. Preference will be given to presentations that are supported by actual in-practice experience, are interactive, and have a clear take-home message that delegates can apply when they return to their practices.

The closing date for submissions will be Friday 2 December 2016. Submissions can be made using the on-line form.

Conditions

Presentations will be up to 30 minutes long and are selected on the basis of submitted abstracts of up to 300 words. Content should be topical, interactive and related to the business of running a successful contact lens and anterior eye practice. All submissions should be received by midnight on Friday 2 December 2016 – submissions will not be considered after this.

Presenters must be registered for the full conference.