Important Dates

October 4
Abstract Submission and Registration Open
November 7
Workshop Application Deadline
November 15
Abstract Submission Deadline
December 21
Larry Sandler Award Application Deadline
December 31
Poster Abstract Deadline
January 10
Early Registration Deadline
February 1
Late Abstract Submission Deadline
March 5
Hotel Reservation Deadline
March 12
Poster Invite Deadline
March 20
Advance Registration Deadline
March 25
GENETICS Peer Review Workshop signup

Meeting Organizers

Michael Buszczak, Chair
Rachel Cox
Helmut Kramer
Harmit Malik

Drosophila Home      ABSTRACTS: Submit Abstract

Submit Abstract

Submit Late Abstract

Late abstracts will be accepted for poster presentation through February 1, 2019.


Note that you cannot save a partially completed submission.

Step 1:

Click the Submit Abstract button above.

Step 2

Enter Presenting Author information.

Step 3

Select a requested presentation type: oral or poster.

Step 4

Select a primary session topic area (01-17) from the following list. Note that oral sessions will adhere as closely as possible to the topic areas below, but are subject to modification based on the distribution of research areas among submitted abstracts.

01 Cell stress and cell death
02 Immunity and the microbiome
03 Evolution
04 Stem cells, regeneration and tissue injury
05 Reproduction and gametogenesis
06 Regulation of gene expression
07 Chromatin, epigenetics and genomics
08 Patterning, morphogenesis and organogenesis
09 Signal transduction
10 Cell biology: cytoskeleton, organelles and trafficking
11 Cell division and cell growth
12 Physiology, metabolism and aging
13 Neural development and physiology
14 Neural circuits and behavior
15 Models of human disease
16 Techniques & Technology
17 Educational Initiatives

Step 5

Select whether you want to be entered in the Genetics Society of America Poster Award Competition. You are eligible if you are:

  1. A 2019 GSA Member and;
  2. The first and presenting author and;
  3. A graduate or undergraduate student
Step 6

Enter all the author names and institutions. Do NOT use UPPERCASE letters for the author information.

Incorrect: JANE SMITH
Correct: Jane Smith

Step 7

Enter abstract title. Do not format the entire title with UPPERCASE or bold letters.

Correct: Evolution in Mendelian populations

Step 8

Enter text of abstract. The title, authors, and affiliations should NOT be included here. The character limit for the entire submission is 2,500. The title, authors, affiliations, main body of abstract and spaces are included in the character count.

Step 9

List the genes that are mentioned in your abstract.

Step 10

Review your abstract. It will be published exactly as submitted.

Step 11

Submit your abstract and pay the submission fee and save your submission confirmation.

Note that you cannot save a partially completed submission. If you exit the program before you click on "submit your abstract," and pay the submission fee, your information will be lost and you will need to start over. If you do not receive an immediate confirmation on screen and a confirmation e-mail, your abstract was not submitted.

Education Abstracts

Drosophila has been a favored model organism for teaching genetics for many years. Submit an abstract on your latest innovation in genetics and genomics education. You may submit education abstracts in addition to your research topic abstracts.

Late Abstracts

Due to the volume of submissions by the regular submission deadline, late submissions will not be accepted.

Abstract Submission FAQs

No. Few users have difficulty in completing the online submission. If you do have a problem we suggest that you try another computer and/or browser. Some combinations of certain computers and browsers on occasion may cause problems.

For each abstract submitted you must pay the non-refundable, per abstract submission fee of $30 GSA Members/$60 Non-Members. The same person may submit multiple abstracts but a separate fee is payable for each submission. To receive the member fee, the submitting author must be a 2019 GSA member.

You will need to pay the abstract fee by credit card during the abstract submission process. Once you have entered your abstract information you will be taken to a secure payment form. Your abstract will not be submitted until the payment step is complete.

No, if you exit the program before you click on "submit your abstract," your information will be lost and you will need to start over. You may minimize your screen while you work in another program but do not exit the abstract form.

This will be determined by your own computer system. We do not recommend using the cut and paste option when it involves special characters (such as super- or subscripts, Greek characters etc.), you will need to confirm and repair any missing characters using the palette or special characters menu on the submission application. You will also need to make sure you put your authors, abstract title, and abstract body in the correct fields.

Authors often find a discrepancy in the keystroke count on their word processors and the character count in the abstract submission program because these counts are computed differently. To be certain that your abstract is successfully submitted, use the character count on the submission application as your guide.

During the submission process, you likely entered your title twice (one in the title field and again in the body of the text). You need to revise your abstract and remove the title from the abstract body. You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number to revise your abstract.

All revisions must be completed by November 16, 2018.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name cannot be changed. To change the presenting author's name, you must withdraw the abstract, then resubmit with the new name. This must be done by the submission deadline of November 16, 2018.

For questions contact Suzy Brown at

Yes. Go to the submission site and click on "Revise My Abstract." You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number. Revisions may be submitted now through November 16, 2018

After November 16, 2018 no revisions will be permitted.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name on a previously submitted abstract MAY NOT BE CHANGED. To change the presenting author's name you must withdraw the previously submitted abstract and submit a new abstract in the new author's name. For questions contact Suzy Brown at

To withdraw an abstract, return to the submission site and select "Withdraw My Abstract." You will need your abstract control number, personal ID number, and presenting author's last name. Select the appropriate button to withdraw an abstract. The presenting author and the Meeting Manager will be informed of the withdrawal.

If you are submitting your abstract on the last two days leading up to the deadline, you may experience some slowness because of the number of people using the system. While we have made every effort to ensure efficient receipt of all abstracts, extreme stress on the system may result in a slower submission process. Please submit EARLY to avoid frustrations. We cannot extend the deadline past November 15, 2018.

Program assignments will be posted on the meeting website on January 10, 2019. Information will not be available before this time. You will not receive an e-mail with your assignment. Please remember to check the website after this date.

Technical Questions: Hubert Zhang -

All Other Questions: Suzy Brown