​​Please direct all questions to Terry Reamer at 240.485.2776 or

APHL 2020 Poster Presentations

Learn More and Submit a Poster AbstractAbstracts are due January 17, 2020

All abstract submissions must be submitted online ​and include the following information: name of presenter, institution, department, mailing address, phone number, email address and suggested topic. The abstract text limit is 2,500 characters including punctuation but not spacing.

Poster presentations will be limited to a maximum of eight feet wide by four feet high (8’w x 4’h). Posters must be oriented and mounted horizontally.

Posters should emphasize visual materials: photographs, drawings and graphic representations of statistical data. Text material should be limited to summarizing key points. The use of color is welcome but not essential. It is also recommended that you try to subdivide your presentation (abstract, methods, results, conclusions, etc.).

Session and Poster Topics

Educational topics of high interest include (but are not limited to):

Environmental, Food and Agriculture

  • Agricultural (pesticide residues, animal feed, labeling accuracy)

  • Veterinary (veterinary public health, emerging animal and zoonotic diseases, antimicrobial resistance, global surveillance, field and laboratory investigations)

  • Environmental (biomonitoring and environmental health surveillance, emerging environmental health threats, environmental policy, water security, source tracking, forensic and toxicology testing)

  • Food safety and security

  • Marijuana, hemp, opioids and other exposure substances

Infectious Diseases and Clinical

  • Diagnostics and emerging technologies (molecular testing, culture independent diagnostics, method development, genomic epidemiology, bioinformatics, rapid testing)

  • Infectious diseases (Influenza, HIV, STD, TB, foodborne, respiratory and vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vaccine-preventable disease)

  • Newborn screening and genetics (method development and implementation, screening panel composition, timeliness of screening, policy development)

  • Outbreaks and emerging infections

Cross-cutting Laboratory

  • Current events, emerging topics

  • Emergency preparedness and response (continuity of operations, high-consequence pathogens, LRN-B, -C & -R)

  • Role of laboratory data (policy development, addressing public health disparities, epi/lab collaboration)

  • Informatics (knowledge management, electronic test ordering and reporting)

  • Quality laboratory systems (biosafety, chemical safety, quality management, continuing quality improvement, LSIP follow-up, laboratory efficiencies, laboratory systems and standards, certification and accreditation, IQCP)

  • Partnerships, training and outreach

  • Workforce development (training/credentials, innovative recruitment and retention activities, advocating for laboratories, competencies strategies, competencies implementations, diversity)

  • Communications and public relations (communication strategies, social media, legislative relations)

  • Next generation sequencing (veterinary, food safety, infectious disease and clinical)

Global Health

  • Biosafety & biosecurity 

  • Strengthening laboratory systems (enhancing testing capacity, strategic planning, international sister laboratory reports)

  • One Health