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IMAST: The 23rd International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques
IMAST: The 23rd International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques


The 23rd International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques


Key Dates

Abstract Notification April 1, 2016
Deadline to Withdraw w/o "No-Show" May 1, 2016
Deadline to Make Corrections to Titles/Authors** May 1, 2016
Presenter Acceptance & Registration Deadline May 1, 2016
Deadline to Submit Manuscript (Podium Only) June 15, 2016
Online Speaker Ready Room Closes July 10, 2016


Podium Presenter Requirements

Presentation Length

Each podium presentation is allotted four (4) minutes. The microphone will shut off if a speaker’s presentation extends more than 15 seconds beyond the four-minute time limit. Speakers should arrive early to their session and be ready to take the podium opposite the presenter before them, BEFORE that presenter has finished speaking, to facilitate quick transitions.

Non-Exclusive License and Manuscripts

Both a Non-Exclusive License Form, Attestation and a complete manuscript are required from all paper presenters no later than June 15, 2016. The guidelines for the manuscript can be downloaded below.

** Both the Non-Exclusive License Form, Attestation and manuscript upload should be completed in the Mira Speaker Management system. For assistance with username and passwords please contact the SRS Meetings Team at meetings@srs.org or +1-414-289-9107.

AV and Presentation Upload

Each session room will be equipped with an LCD projector, laptop, screen, podium with microphone and theater-style seating.  If you need any additional audio visual for your presentation, please contact us as soon as possible. 

Presentations should be submitted to the Speaker Ready Room starting on May 1, 2016 and the Speaker Ready Room will close July 10 at 11:59pm PST.  

Presenters who uploaded presentations to last year’s IMAST or Annual Meeting Speaker Ready Room may use the same email account and passwords as last year. If you have forgotten your password, simply click the Forgot Password button and it will be sent to the email account you used. Presenters who did NOT upload in 2014 or 2015 should create a new account the first time logging into the site. SRS members-only site passwords, abstract submission site passwords, and M&M site passwords will NOT work. If you need further technical assistance, please click the "SUPPORT" button at the top right of the Speaker Ready Room homepage.

*NEW THIS YEAR* Presentations should be in 16:9 format (widescreen).  Click here for instructions on converting from 4:3 to 16:9.

AV Guidelines for Podium Presentations

Download the SRS Manuscript Guidelines


CME Accreditation Policies

Abstract presentations will be CME accredited, and it is therefore essential that they be free from commercial influence. References to particular products must also be balanced by referring to other similar products.

All presentations must clear a review conducted by the SRS CME Committee.  Presenters may be required to submit slides for review before the meeting and may be asked to make small or significant changes if a bias issue is found. Failure to address pertinent CME review issues will result in removal of the presentation from the program and/or a one-year ban for abstract presentations and a three-year ban for invited presentations.


Please note that an additional slide including all authors' financial disclosures will be shown on the screen opposite of the presenter during the presentation. If speakers have any corrections to make to their disclosure statement, please send them to meetings@srs.org by May 1, 2016.

Confirmation & Registration

All podium presenters must confirm their plans to participate by registering for the program by May 1, 2016 and by clicking Accept in the Mira Speaker Management System.  Please visit www.srs.org/imast2016/registration to register online.

Final Program Book

Presenters’ abstracts will be published in the scientific program book as submitted. Any corrections that need to be made to the title or author listing should be sent to meetings@srs.org by May 1, 2016. SRS cannot make edits or additions to the abstract text. Also, authors may only be added if they have an existing author account in the abstract submission system and a completed COI Disclosure Form.

Cancellation & No-Show Policy

Authors unable to present their paper in person should inform SRS as soon as possible which co-author will present in their place. If no one is able to present the paper, please inform SRS by May 1, so an alternate paper can be substituted. Please note that in the case of a "no-show" podium presentation, all authors and co-authors associated with the "no-show" paper will be prohibited from presenting any papers at the next two IMASTs.

Housing & Travel

Presenters are expected to register, pay required registration fees and incur all costs for housing and travel. Please visit the "Housing" tab (www.srs.org/imast2016/housing) for details on arranging housing and travel to Washington, D.C., USA.