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Call for Presentations, Symposia, Papers, Proposals and Posters

Updated 05/20/19

Journal of Opioid Management will hold its eighth annual  International Conference On Opioids (ICOO 2019) June 9-11, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School. 

Expanding on the success of our past conferences, this unique forum will be comprised of renowned specialists in all aspects of opioids. This includes basic science, neurology, clinical application, pharmacology, pharmacogenetics, public health, opioid addiction, ethics, legal and compliance.

The program is designed to enlighten healthcare providers with new data, essential information, and best practices every medical professional needs to know when prescribing opioid analgesics.

The ICOO 2019 Program Committee invites proposals representing all areas of opioid research, treatment, ethics, opioid abuse and addiction. Proposals from individuals and panels are accepted. Multidisciplinary panels are encouraged and include perspectives from physicians, nurses, psychologists, basic scientists, pharmacists, etc. Moderators should seek participation from a varied group of faculty with a maximum of four participants per proposal. Proposals that include both basic and clinical science are encouraged. 

ICOO 2019 Program Committee suggests the following partial list of topics for submission:

    • Best Practices in Opioid Prescription: Dosing, OIH and, Opioid Rotation
    • Basic Science Research in Opioids and Opioid Pharmacology
    • Current Topics on Opioid REMS
    • Interventional Pain Management Opioid Techniques
    • Inequalities in Pain Experience and Pain Management
    • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Opioids
    • Ethical Issues in the Use of Opioids
    • Legal, Regulatory, and Public Health Issues of Prescribing Opioids
    • Abuse and Addiction Issues and Opioids
    • Opioids in Acute Pain
    • Perioperative Pain Management
    • Specific Acute Surgical Pain Management
    • Pain Management for Cancer Survivors
    • Pain Management in Opioid Addicted Patients
    • Use of Opioids in Chronic Non-Cancer Patients as well as Cancer Survivors
    • Abuse Deterrent Opioid Formulations and Their Applications
    • Tapering Patients Off Opioids - Advanced Cases
    • Treatment of Co-Morbid Conditions, e.g. Addiction and Bipolar Disorder; Addiction and ADHD
    • Patient Selection for Use of Opioids to Treat Pain; Detecting Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction
    • Long Term Opioid Use and Its Effect on Adrenal Insufficiency
    • Use of Buprenorphine for Treatment of Pain.
    • Interpretation of Urine Drug Screen Results
    • Medical Marijuana and Opioids

Proposals for previously presented or published work may not be submitted to ICOO 2019 without modification. Original work must be changed or expanded, resulting in a new proposal. Due to CME rules, presentations for the accredited portions of ICOO2019 submitted by employees of a commercial interest* will not be accepted.

Presentation proposals are accepted thru December 17, 2018. (CLOSED)

Poster abstract submissions are accepted thru May 13, 2019.  (Closed)

Please note that the moderator is required to include a complete standard format disclosure form as part of the submission. Additionally, moderators should contact the speakers named on the proposal to notify them of their inclusion in the submission and to remind them to complete their disclosure information before December 17, 2018.

A complete proposal submission should include the following:

  • Presentation Title
  • A Short Description of the presentation, its need and rationale for your topic at the ICOO 2018 conference.
  • Abstract text of 200 words, including information about each presenter’s contribution to the presentation.
    • Background/importance of research topic with succinct description
    • Purpose/hypothesis.
    • Procedures/Data/ Observations
    • Conclusions/Applications
  • Educational Goals, Objectives and Outcomes of Presentation
  • Five (5) questions for a post conference test
  • Moderator and/or presenter information, including disclosures, bio and picture. Presenter’s bio (250-300 words) should include both educational and professional achievements. Bio provided will be published in the program guide and used to introduce speakers. Picture must be high-res .jpg file for printed program.

Proposal Notification: Applicants will be notified in mid- February 2019 regarding selection of their proposals. All presenters will receive complimentary conference registration. Other details and terms of participation will be communicated to speakers upon acceptance of their proposal.

Presentation Times: Presentations are scheduled to take place Sunday, June 9 through Tuesday, June 11, 2019. All faculty must be willing and able to present on these dates. Symposia sessions are 15-60 minutes in length. Panel presentations involving multiple presenters will be given additional time.

Presentation Materials: PowerPoint slides are required of all speakers and are due May 1, 2019. Handout materials including articles, references, etc. are welcomed of all speakers. The session moderator will be expected to assist ICOO Program Committee in the collection and organization of all presentation slides and handout materials.

Poster Details: Poster submissions may be previously presented. Poster will be published in our Program Guide and in an issue of the Journal of Opioid Management following the conference. Poster presenters are required to register and attend the conference during the poster presentation sessions.

Continued for 2019 - Top Three Posters Presented: The top three posters selected by the ICOO 2019 Program Committee will be presented to the full audience during a special 30 minute session. Each poster presenter will have 10 minutes to present their poster and take questions from the audience. Poster submissions must include poster in pdf format. Please be available on Tuesday, June 11 if you wish to be considered for this honor.

Submission Details: To submit all proposals, please click here for the ICOO2019 Submission Form
Content Validation Form: Poster presenters who wish to be considered for the Top Three Posters awards need to complete this form.

Email your form to For assistance contact us at 781-899-2702, ext 103, 108, 114 from 9 am – 4 pm EST.

Important Dates:

Presentation submissions deadline December 17, 2018. (CLOSED)

Presentation and symposia decision - January 2019. (DONE)

Presentation and symposia notification - mid-February 2019. (IN-PROCESS)

Poster abstract submission deadline - May 13, 2019. (CLOSED)

Poster decision and notification date - Ongoing

Final Presentation slides due for CME content review - May 1, 2019. 

*A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

Thank you for your support of this important conference!