American Psychosomatic Society
Annual Scientific Meeting
“Embracing heterogeneity: towards a more inclusive, and patient-tailored clinical care”
Call for Abstracts
March 23-26, 2022
Long Beach, California
Hilton Long Beach
701 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90831
The American Psychosomatic Society invites abstract submissions for the next Annual Meeting, March 23-26, 2022 in Long Beach, California.
We understand that there is a great deal of uncertainty about travel given the COVID-19 pandemic and associated variants. At the current time, we are planning for an in-person meeting. Our recommendation is to submit an abstract now planning for presentation at an in-person meeting and then we will explore alternative presentation and attendance options if conditions necessitate as we get closer to our Annual Meeting in March.
The APS Annual Meeting is an open scientific and clinical forum where investigators from allied disciplines pool their knowledge, consider problems of conceptual relationships, and develop ideas that will stimulate further research.
The meeting is devoted to the presentation of scientific papers, symposia, workshops, poster sessions, and invited lectures, and special attention is given to networking opportunities to foster ongoing relationships within the community.
We invite you to contribute to the exchange of information and ideas by submitting your research. Submissions that address the meeting theme of “Embracing heterogeneity, towards a more inclusive, and patient-tailored clinical care” are particularly encouraged. Limited competitive travel scholarships are available to authors to assist with the cost of attendance.
More about the theme:
A promise rarely kept by fashion industry and medicine alike is that one size would fit all. Most therapies help in only a subset of patients, and the reasons for why there is so much clinical diversity are poorly understood. Instead of labeling this diversity as inevitable, the current age of patient-centered, and personalized medicine asks for explanations and solutions regarding this diversity, to arrive at a more patient-tailored clinical care. Moreover, the persistent societal inequalities related to racism, discrimination, and polarization and their intersectionality come at a mental cost, increasing anxiety, stress, and related illnesses. There is a continued need to focus on causes, mechanisms, and interventions aimed at reducing inequality, and relieving its consequences. The aims of the 2022 APS annual meeting will therefore focus on embracing diversity in three ways: i) by addressing the persistent societal stressors and their intersectionality that underlie health inequality, ii), by addressing clinical diversity, i.e., what works for whom, and iii) by addressing mechanistic research that explains why this is so.