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Abstract submission guidelines

Thank you to the initial round of abstract submitters! We received over 650 submitted abstracts from 47 countries and have recently sent notifications out to all authors.

You are now invited to submit late breaking abstracts for poster presentation (only) at DOHaD World Congress 2022 in Vancouver, Canada from August 27-31, 2022.

Please review the submission guidelines and details below BEFORE submitting an abstract. Please note, late breaker abstracts will be eligible for poster presentation only.


  • Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the official online submission form. 
  • Abstracts must identify the presenting author along with email address, nationality and country. 
  • Please use standard abbreviations. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parenthesis after the full word when it appears for the first time. 
  • Errors, misspellings, and incorrect abbreviations will not be corrected. 
  • An individual may submit abstracts in more than one (1) category.
  • An individual may submit more than one (1) abstract. One official online submission is required for each abstract. 
  • Edits to submitted abstracts may be made up to the submission deadline. Instructions for making edits can be found on the submission site.



Late Breakers:

  • Submission opening: May 16, 2022
  • Submission closing: June 15, 2022 
  • Notification to authors: Mid-July, 2022 
  • Please note, late breaking abstract submissions will be considered for poster only presentations.



We welcome abstracts on all categories.  

Themes (topics) for each of the sessions are listed below. Please submit your abstract under one of the following categories. 

You can submit more than one abstract in more than one category.


  1. DOHaD and Outcomes

1.1. Cardiometabolic / Diabetes / Obesityoutcomes

1.2. Pregnancy Outcomes / Birth Complications

1.3. Early Growth Outcomes

1.4. Endocrine / Reproductive / Immune Outcomes

1.5. Neurodevelopmental / Disabilities / Neurocognitive / Behaviour / Mental Health Outcomes

1.6. Cancer/ Aging


  1. DOHaD Mechanisms

2.1. Mechanisms: Genetics / Epigenetics

2.2. Mechanisms: Microbiome

2.3. Mechanisms: Immunology, Inflammation, and Infection

2.4. Mechanisms: Placenta

2.5. Mechanisms: Nutrition Delivery / Lactation / Breastfeeding

2.6. Mechanisms: Endocrine


  1. Intergenerational / Transgenerational aspects of DOHaD

3.1. Social Trauma

3.2. Physical Trauma

3.3. Malnutrition


  1. DOHaD Moderators and Modifiers

4.1. Social and Health Inequities

4.2. Sex and Gender

4.3. Resilience

4.4. Protective Factors


  1. DOHaD and Interventions to Improve Outcomes

5.1. Interventions: Preconception / Pregnancy

5.2. Interventions: Infancy / Childhood

5.3. Interventions: Adolescence / Adult


  1. Indigenous Health and DOHaD

6.1. Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Doing in Child Rearing

6.2. Indigenous Philosophies and Research Methodologies

6.3. Colonialism, Racism and Development of Indigenous Children

6.4. Pathways of Indigenous Resilience


  1. DOHaD and Changing Environments

7.1. Climate Change & Natural Disasters

7.2. CommunitiesExperiencing Oppression or Inequities


  1. DOHaD Global Health Perspectives

8.1. LMIC environments

8.2. Immigrants and Refugees


  1. DOHaD and Evolution/Ecology

9.1. Systems’ Phylogeny, Ontogeny, Growth and Development

9.2. Adaptations, Mismatches, Constraints and Pathologies


  1. New Technologies and DOHaD


  1. DOHaD and Knowledge Translation

11.1. Family / Community Engagement

11.2. Implementation Science

11.3. Policy


  1. Education


The abstract review committee reserves the right to reassign submitted abstracts to a different session / category. 



Please adhere to the following formatting guidelines when submitting your abstracts for DOHaD 2022. Abstracts that are not correctly formatted will not be reviewed. 

  • The abstract title should not exceed 100 characters 
  • The abstracts should not exceed 3,000 characters 

Each abstract is allowed to include a maximum of two (2) uploaded files – these could either be tables, charts, graphics or images/photos - but this is not a requirement. Minimize the use of charts and graphics as this detail is not used to evaluate the merit of your abstract. The abstract structure must incorporate: 

A. Basic Sciences 

B. Clinical Sciences 

C. Epidemiology / Public Health 

D. Social Sciences 

E. Education / KT 



Presenting authors will be notified of their acceptance status early May 2022, late breaking acceptance Mid-July 2022.  Please note, late breaking abstract submissions will be considered for poster only presentations. Presenting authors must inform any co-author(s) of acceptance. The organizing committee reserves the right to accept or decline any submissions and to select the presentation format (oral or poster). 



The presenting authors of abstracts selected for oral presentation will be required to complete and submit a Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest form after they are invited to present. Disclosures are due on or before the RSVP deadline. 



The Conference Organizers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.