2021 IOCDF Research Symposium

Update: The deadline to submit a presentation for the research symposium main program has been extended until April 1st, 2021.

The 6th Annual IOCDF Research Symposium will take place on July 8th, 2021 as a 100% virtual, online event! We had originally hoped to hold the symposium online and in person, but the ongoing COVID pandemic has required us to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person programming.

The IOCDF Research Symposium is a “by researchers, for researchers” event that brings together scientists and students from around the world who have an interest in OCD and related disorders, and provides a forum for sharing data and findings.

We invite researchers of all backgrounds and experience levels to submit a proposal for the IOCDF Research Symposium! Presentations should be 15 to 20 minutes in length, and cover any research topic on OCD and related disorders. While any topic will be considered, we are especially interested in presentations covering:

  • Genetics
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Co-occurring disorders in OCD, including depression and substance use disorder
  • Psychotherapy

All presentations will take place remotely. Don't have a great internet connection? No problem! We will allow presenters to pre-record their talks, but we ask that you be available during and after your presentation for Q&A.

Additionally, we are accepting research posters for the Virtual Poster Session, which will also be held on July 8th as part of the Symposium program. The Virtual Poster Session offers an excellent opportunity for students and researchers to present their data in a small-group format. Students and trainees are also eligible to receive one of three awards for outstanding research posters!

How to submit a poster or presentation proposal:

  • To submit a research poster, click here.
  • Presentation proposals for the main symposium program will be accepted using the application portal below. The deadline to submit is April 1 at 5:00pm US Eastern time.

Symposium Presentation Proposal Instructions:

  • Abstract/Summary: This is the most important part of your submission. It helps the Symposium Planning Committee understand and evaluate how your presentation will impact the Symposium program. In your summary, please make sure to highlight 1-3 specific topics you are planning to cover. More specific presentation proposals will be given preference over vague descriptions. Your presentation will need to be 15-20 minutes in length.
  • Presenter's contact information, including a brief biography

Important Information:

  • Please be aware that your affiliation and brief biography will be made available to the public through symposium marketing and outreach materials.
  • Proposals will not be reviewed until after April 1st. You should expect to receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of April.
  • If you submit your proposal and need to edit it, please contact us by emailing conference@iocdf.org. Changes CANNOT be made after the proposal submission date has expired (April 1st, 2021). In the event of an emergency in which you are no longer available, please let IOCDF staff know immediately.

Submit a Symposium Presentation Proposal