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Abstract Judging Criteria

        HYPOTHESIS (2 POINTS)

        Originality
        Scientific or clinical importance

        METHODS (2 POINTS)

        Clinical Study: Prospective, randomized?
         Appropriate controls?
         Single vs multicenter trial?
        Case Series: Number of cases?
         Appropriate controls?
         Accuracy of data?
         Bias addressed?
        Laboratory Study: Appropriate methods?
         Appropriate controls?
         Innovative?

        RESULTS (2 POINTS)

        Statistical analysis appropriate
        Presented clearly

        CONCLUSION(S) (2 POINTS)

        Supported by Results?
        Scientific or Clinical relevance?

        PRESENTATION (2 POINTS)

        Overall Quality: Rationale for study made clear?
         Methods and results easily understandable?
         Conclusions supported by data?
         Enthusiasm for study conveyed?
         Slides/Poster easily readable?