Update: Due to the overwhelming number of abstracts submitted we have extended the date of notification to Tuesday 15 May 2018. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Submissions have now closed for all abstracts.

You are invited to submit an abstract/s to be reviewed for inclusion in the symposium program as either an oral or a poster presentation. Only abstracts following the adequate format and of high scientific standard will be accepted in the program after positive recommendations from the reviewers and approval by the Scientific Program Committee. Oral presentations will be selected based on affinity to the themes and scientific relevance and quality. Where an accepted abstract is not selected for an oral presentation, the author will be offered a poster presentation.

Oral presentations – a maximum of seven 10 minute presentations will be invited per session following the advice of the Scientific Program Committee. All presenting authors will be informed accordingly and receive further directions
Poster presentations – posters will be on display with authors in attendance at a specified day/time

All successful abstracts (oral and posters) will be published in the symposium app and on the DPP2018 symposium website.


Abstract submission will close on Monday 26 March 2018 (11:59pm in your timezone).

Due to the overwhelming number of submissions, presenting authors will be notified of the outcome of their submission on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Presenting authors must register before 1 June 2018.


Abstracts are invited for submission in the following themes:

Five main themes have been chosen by the Scientific Program Committee of 2018 and will represent the scientific backbone of DPP2018. When possible, authors are invited to identify one of the five themes that best fits the main area of the research described. Only in the case that none of the themes can be related to the abstract the authors are invited to select the option #6 “Other”.

Main themes:
1. GIT nutrient sensing and the enteroendocrine system
2. Gut health and intestinal immunity (challenges to gut health)
3. Rate and extent of ingredient digestion in the small intestine
4. Metabolic health and brain activity modulated by the gut
5. Microbiome development and barrier function
6. Other

Instructions to Authors

Before proceeding to submit your abstract, please read the following author instructions to ensure you have all of the information that will be needed to complete the submission process. Please pay particular attention to these instructions as abstracts that do not conform will not be accepted by the editors.


Submission guidelines

  • Abstracts must be written in English with a maximum of 300 words without counting title, authors and affiliations.
  • Abstracts must be submitted via the online abstract submission portal.
  • Abstracts submitted for scientific sessions should describe work that has not been published or presented at another national or international meeting. The selection of oral contributions to scientific sessions will depend on the quality and the theme of the abstract submitted.
  • The text should be as informative as possible. Statements such as “The results will be discussed” are not acceptable and will likely result in rejection.
  • The structure of the abstracts should follow the sequence of:
    i)  a briefing on the main problem studied;
    ii)  a clear statement of the hypothesis(es) or expected results;
    iii)  the methods used to test the hypothesis;
    iv)  a description of the statistical analyses and experimental design;
    v)  explaining, in brief, the main results;
    vi)  a synthetic conclusion derived from the data presented.
  • Direct reference to commercial products should be minimised. Abstracts that emphasise commercial aspects of the research will be rejected. In particular, the authors are encouraged to relate the title, results and discussion to active ingredients (chemical or generic names) and not product names.
  • Tense: Use simple past tense for everything that has happened in the past. This will account for at least 90 per cent of the text.
  • Statistical significance: the minimum statistical significance has been set at P≤0.05; statistical “trends” can be acknowledged only if P<0.10; differences with a P≥0.10 have no statistical relevance and should not be mentioned.


Formatting guidelines

  • Abstracts must be submitted in a MS word document.
  • Do not upload a PDF document.
  • Do not include the presentation title or the author names and affiliations on the abstract. (These details will be captured during the online submission process).
  • For spelling standards, authors are referred to the Collins English Dictionary.
  • The abstract should be typed in 10point Calibri font (do not use “bold” type)
  • All text should be entered in sentence case (do not type in CAPITAL LETTERS).
  • Numbers: Use figures for all units and quantities (e.g., 8 mm, 3 years, 6 kg). In text, numbers from one to nine are spelled out and figures are used for 10 and over (e.g., six days, 27 piglets) except at the start of a sentence (e.g., “Ten pigs were selected ….”).
  • Use the form ‘P<0.001’, not ‘p<0.001’. Specific P values can be used if they are thought to be more appropriate; e.g., P=0.016.


Criteria for accepting/rejecting abstracts used by referees

In addition to the adherence to guidelines described above, the following principles will be used by referees when assessing the abstracts:

  • Overall, is the research presented novel and of interest to the DPP?
  • Do the authors state clearly what they expect to find and why (clear hypothesis)?
  • Do the experimental design and methods allow to test the hypothesis?
  • Is the statistical analyses appropriate?
  • Are the results clearly presented?
  • Are the conclusions reflecting the data presented and free from excessive speculation?


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