Call for abstracts

The Organising Committee invites delegates to submit abstracts for consideration and inclusion in the academic programme of the 2019 Medical Laboratory Professional congress, organised under the auspices of SMLTSA, in Bloemfontein from 25 – 27 October 2019. Abstracts will be peer reviewed for scientific merit and participants will be informed of the result. Abstracts may be submitted for a paper or poster presentation. Authors must indicate their preference by ticking the preferred category. The final decision will rest with the scientific committee.

The organising committee extends a special invitation to undergraduate students to submit abstracts for consideration to present in the student session.

Presenting authors are advised to register for the congress online simultaneously when submitting their abstract. Failure to register by presenting authors by 20 September 2019 will automatically imply that the abstract will neither be included in the final programme nor be printed in the abstract book.

Abstract Submission Deadline

31 July 2019

Abstract Acceptance Notification

16 August 2019

The theme of the conference

Get Results: Precision in every decision

Type of presentations

  • Paper presentation
  • Poster presentation


  • Chemical Pathology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Cytology
  • Genetics
  • Haematology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Quality Assurance
  • Virology

Instructions to Authors

Each abstract must clearly state the following:

  1. Abstract title
  2. Name and list of author(s)
  3. The name of the presenting author must appear first in the list of authors
  4. Affiliations of the author(s)
  5. Contact details of first presenting author (telephone numbers, e-mail address, etc)
  6. The preferred format of presentation
  7. Abstracts must be typed in English, single line spacing, Arial font 12 points
  8. The body of the text must not exceed 300 words (this is excluding the information listed in point 1)
  9. The abstract must adhere to the following format:
    1. Introduction: should be brief and informative and state the aim of the study;
    2. Methods: include a description of participants, research methodology including data analysis methods
    3. Results: outline the main findings of the study supported by data as appropriate. Do not use figures, graphs or tables in the abstract. The data provided must be sufficient to permit peer review of the abstract;
    4. Conclusion: relevance of the main findings.

All accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website without further editing. Abstracts that do not adhere to the specified format cannot be included in the collection.

Abstracts can either be submitted online or emailed to

Submit Abstract Online Download Template

For any enquiries regarding the programme please contact:
Helena Potgieter
Chair: 2019 Organising committee