Gerontological Society Sets Deadline for Abstracts

 African-American scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts

Roland Thorpe Jr., chair of the GSA Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology

Roland Thorpe Jr., Ph.D, chair of the GSA Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology.

The Gerontological Society of America  has called for abstract submissions for GSA 2015 , which will be held Nov. 18-22 in Orlando, Fla.

The conference theme is “Aging As a Lifelong Process,” and abstracts must be submitted by March 5, 2015. Scholars and researchers can learn how to submit their abstracts by visiting

During GSA 2014, which was held Nov. 5-9 in Washington, D.C., the GSA Task Force on Minority Aging Issues in Gerontology hosted a concept coffee.

At the event,  information regarding how to address manuscripts after they have been rejected was shared, said Roland J. Thorpe Jr., Ph.D, who heads the task force. Thorpe is an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also is the director of research on men’s health.

During the meeting, scholars were given advice by editors of scientific journals concerning how to submit abstracts.

The meeting attracted about 20 to 30 individuals. Thorpe wrote in an email message that he won’t know how many abstracts have been submitted by African-American scholars until after the deadline.

Esme Fuller-Thomson, Ph.D and chair of Social Work at University of Toronto, said an abstract means the paper is in process, and the findings are highlighted in the abstract.

Once the paper is completed, there are three ways the author or authors can make a presentation. They can either publish a paper,  participate in a symposia or have a poster, which provides very specific information about a subject. If a person’s work is accepted, it could be used to influence government policy.

In 2014, 444 abstracts were submitted, compared to 383 in 2013, according to data provided by the Gerontological Society of America, which is based in Washington.

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