BRI Obesity Research Incubator - Call for Abstracts - 2021
Friday, May 14th, 2021, 1-5 pm

9th Annual Obesity Research Incubator

The Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders (CVDM) Research Center cordially invites you to participate in its 9th annual obesity incubator session. The goal of this session is to bring together BWH clinicians and researchers working in the fields of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease to address this challenging public health crisis by promoting cross-collaborative research efforts and stimulating new ideas for further investigation.

To promote vibrant scientific discussions, the plenary session will feature short talks by selected junior investigators in the field of obesity research, followed by a keynote presentation from Frank A.J.L. Scheer, PhD, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program (MCP) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), Boston. Dr. Scheer’s work focuses on influences of the endogenous circadian system and its disruption—such as with shift work—on cardiovascular, pulmonary, and metabolic regulation and disease states, including hypertension, asthma, obesity and diabetes. 



  • Researchers from all Boston area institutions with a rank of assistant professor and below and all non-faculty researchers are invited to submit an abstract to give a short talk (10-12 mins) or present a poster (limited to the 30 most qualified applicants).
  • Abstracts in any area of basic, clinical or translational research related to obesity are welcome.
  • Preference will be given to abstracts describing early stage ideas, novel hypotheses and preliminary or current work and in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
  • Abstracts that are not selected for talks will by default be considered for inclusion in the poster session, which will be displayed on electronic poster boards.
  • Successful applicants MUST be available to talk or present a poster at the Obesity Incubator Session on May 14th.


Additional Rules and Information:

  • Prizes of $250-$500 will be awarded to all speakers and selected posters.
  • Talks and Posters selected for presentation will be notified by April 26, 2021.
  • Previously presented research is acceptable for both short talks and posters.
Applications accepted from 03/23/2021 12PM to 04/26/2021 11PM.