If you're having difficulties uploading your abstract, please email it to cme@dmu.edu and include if you'd like to do an oral or poster presentation, your mentor's name and email address, your program, if you're an undergraduate or graduate student, and your expected year of graduation. 

The Iowa Physiological Society Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, clinician-scientists, educators, students, and postdoctoral fellows to share their physiology research and education findings and to engage in a robust discussion of ideas. Abstracts should represent original work in the areas of physiology research and education. Presenters will be required to register and attend the conference.

Abstracts should be submitted in one of the following presentation categories:

  • Poster: Poster presentations allow authors to share and discuss the results of their work with conference attendees and address the same topic categories as oral presentations. Poster presentations may represent works in progress.
  • Oral: Presenters will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Oral presenters are also requested to present a poster.

Please note these important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT
  • Presentation notifications: Monday, November 1, 2021
  • Poster presentation viewing: November 29, 2021 - December 11, 2021

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    Abstract Guidelines

    All abstracts will be published in the meeting program. View an abstract example. Please submit your abstract according to the following guidelines:

    • Format: Microsoft Word format
    • Font: Arial, 11 point
    • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
    • Spacing: Single-spaced
    • Justification: Left
    • Abstract body length is no more than 250 words
    • Type the title first, using sentence casing (only first word and proper nouns capitalized)
    • List all authors, institutional affiliations, and short addresses (city and state only)
    • Bold the names of the author(s) presenting the work
    • Include applicable credentials for all authors, including students and mentors (e.g., DPM'24, MSA'22, DO, PhD)
    • Italicize scientific names of organisms 

    Oral Presentations

    Oral presenters are also requested to present a poster. Additional details will be provided after Monday, November 1, 2021.

    Poster Presentations

    Competing posters will be judged on the following criteria:

    • Layout: Does the overall layout of the poster facilitate comprehension of the research?
    • Abstract: Is the abstract an accurate summary of the work?
    • Question: Is there a clear statement of the question, hypothesis, or purpose?
    • Methods: Are the methods presented clearly and completely?
    • Results: Is there a logical presentation of the results with clear, descriptive headers for each section?
    • Figures: Are figures and tables easy to read and interpret?
    • Conclusions: Are the conclusions appropriate and distinct from the summary of results?
    • Oral presentation: Is the verbal presentation well organized, appropriate for the target audience, complete, and concise?
    • Response to questions: Are the answers to questions accurate and focused?
    • Overall: How well do the poster and the verbal presentation convey the project as important scientific research?


    If your project involves human or animal research, you must have obtained IRB or IACUC approval unless you are clearly presenting your work as a proposed project and make it clear that absolutely no research has yet been conducted. Posters involving such research should indicate an approval number or statement that no research has been conducted. Anyone giving an oral presentation on a project involving human or animal research must have an IRB or IACUC approval. 


    For questions, contact Des Moines University at cme@dmu.edu or 515-271-1596. 


    If your abstract was selected, you will be notified by Monday, November 1, 2021. Oral presenters are also requested to present a poster.

    Only one individual will be allowed to present the research. Please decide with your mentor who that individual will be.
    For Des Moines University faculty or student research involving humans or animals, please provide the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ID number under which this research project was carried. If an ID was not assigned, please explain:
    I confirm the work submitted is my own and all co-authors have given written permission for me to present the research at the educational activity. I also acknowledge that research projects are not a solo activity. I confirm that all mentors, preceptors, researchers, and/or institutions are included on my abstract and/or poster.
    Files must be less than 2 MB.
    Allowed file types: doc docx.