Abstracts and Awards - EPI|Lifestyle

Presentation Guidelines

Preparing Your Presentation Slides


In order to provide the best possible educational environment and ensure smooth and efficient handling of audiovisual presentations, please read and follow the guidelines below.

AV Equipment Provided

There will be technicians in each meeting room. Session rooms will be equipped with a 16:9 format screen and LCD projector, lectern with microphone, large display speaker timer, monitor and mouse pointer.

Important Slide Formatting and PPT Tips

It is recommended that all PowerPoint presentations be created/submitted in a 16:9 (widescreen) format. Below is how to create your 16:9 PowerPoint:

  • Open PowerPoint on your computer
  • From the top menu, (depending on the version of PowerPoint you have) select Design, then Page Setup OR File, then Page Setup, OR Design, then slide size, and change Slides sized for to: On-screen Show (16:9).
  • Click OK
  • PowerPoint Page Setup on a PC:

    A thumbnail image showing the settings for creating a 16:9 Powerpoint presentation.

If you start with the step in the creation of your presentation, then just assemble the PowerPoint as you normally would. If you are converting an existing slide show, then please check all of the slides for format accuracy.

The widescreen format should not cause any issues with the text in your presentation, however some images may be stretched as a result. If your presentation has multiple images, a suggested way to transition to widescreen format is to save a copy of your current PowerPoint in the 4:3 format under a different name, then convert to widescreen, and cut and paste the images from the original version into the widescreen version.

  • For optimal legibility, use a maximum of six lines of text and six words per line per slide (equals one frame in an electronic format).
  • We request that you use Arial as it is a common cross-platform compatible font. Serif fonts like Times New Roman do not project well.
  • A minimum slide typeface of 24 point is recommended.
  • Use color for emphasis only. White or yellow lettering on a blue background is attractive and easy to read. DO NOT USE BLUE, RED or GREEN text.
  • Use common image formats that are cross-platform compatible such as JPG, PNG, GIF, and BMP.
  • Keep illustrations simple. Significance of data can be grasped more quickly in a simple graph form than in tabular form. Use rounded figures. Use captions sparingly.
  • Sound and Video Clips:
    • Solution 1: Pack and Go: The "Pack and Go" feature of PowerPoint embeds the clip into your presentation file. This ensures that the clip will be in the correct location when you unpack the file on the meeting room computer.
    • Solution 2: Location of audio/video files: Create the presentation with the audio/video files in the same folder. PowerPoint looks in the immediate folder before generating the error that states it cannot find the audio/video file. Always check your video clips in the speaker ready room to make sure they have been embedded correctly.
  • While it is recommended that all PowerPoints are formatted in 16:9, we can accommodate PowerPoints in 4:3. However, please note that when your presentation is displayed on the large screens for the audience, there will be black bars on the sides of your presentation slides.
  • All PowerPoint files must be labeled with the date, time, and last name of the presenter.
  • When building your presentation, all files (PowerPoint and external, i.e. movie files) associated with your presentation must be loaded separately and saved in the same folder as the rest of your presentation.
  • Save your file to a memory stick.
  • If you feel that your presentation has something out of the ordinary (extensive files or video clips), please bring your laptop to the meeting as back-up.

At the Meeting

  • Your presentation must be turned into THE SPEAKER RESOURCE ROOM at least two (2) hours prior to the start of your scheduled SESSION START TIME. Individual laptops will not be allowed at the podium.
  • Any updates to your presentation MUST BE MADE in the Speaker Resource Room and not your session room.
  • A technician will show you to a computer station to review your presentation and help you load it onto the computer.
  • Once you are done reviewing your presentation, be sure to notify a technician so he or she can verify that the presentation is saved and properly labeled. Once the technician has verified that the presentation is labeled correctly, please check-out of the Speaker Resource Room. This will ensure that your presentation gets to your session in a timely manner.
  • All presentations will be loaded by a technician onto the presentation computer in the session room.
  • If you have embedded video in your presentation, you MUST test that your presentation can be “read” properly in the Speaker Resource Room prior to your presentation (preferable 12 hours in advance of your presentation).
  • It is the presenter’s responsibility to collect his or her own media (if applicable) at the conclusion of the session.

Presenter Disclosure – Mandatory

  • All presenters are required to have a conflict of interest disclosure slide as the first or second slide of your PowerPoint presentation.
  • Moderators do not need to have a disclosure slide, but they should verbally disclose to the audience any applicable conflicts of interest they may have when they introduce themselves at the beginning of the session.
  • If unlabeled use of a commercial product, or an investigational use not yet approved for any purpose is discussed, you must include this information on the disclosure slide. Give the name of the product and disclose that the product is not labeled for the use under discussion or that the product is still investigational. You must also verbally disclose this use to the audience.
  • If you are referencing work within your presentation previously published by another author, be sure to include a complete citation at the bottom of the appropriate page.
  • Exclude any information from your presentation that may compromise or violate patient confidentiality.


Please arrive at your session meeting room at least 15 minutes before the start of your session. Take time to familiarize yourself with the setup at the lectern. There will be a mouse at the lectern that will allow you to control/advance (left click will move forward, right click will move backwards) the slides during your presentation. The mouse pointer can also be used in lieu of a laser pointer. The technician will be available throughout the session.

On the floor in front of the lectern you will find a large plasma monitor where you can view your presentation as seen on the screen. At the end of each session day, all presentations are deleted from the meeting room computers.

Should you have any questions regarding this material, please email Susan Kunish with your specific concerns.

Poster Guidelines

General Information

A poster presentation consists of a visual display of research highlights on a fiberboard background combined with an interpersonal question and answer period. The content of an effective poster presentation should be direct, focused, and concise. Investigators are required to be available for a specified period of time to discuss methods and results with interested visitors and colleagues. Your confirmation letter provided the date(s) and time(s) of your presentation(s) as well as your presentation number.

The poster should remain in place for the entire time of the scheduled poster session (see schedule below). The poster board number should correspond with the pre-assigned “Presentation Number” printed in the final program and provided in your confirmation letter. The final conference program (which will be included on the conference Web site and distributed at the conference) will include the detailed information for each presentation as well as copies of the abstracts.

Moderated Poster Information

Abstracts selected for a Moderated Poster presentation will be part of a “guided audio tour” of selected presentations. A moderator will be assigned to the session in which you are presenting and will lead each presenter through an engaging discussion of the research. Headsets will be provided to attendees and limited to approximately 30 for each session. These sessions will take place in the same room with other posters. Please prepare a brief, three to five minute overview of your poster with the remaining five to seven minutes for moderated question and answer. You must be present at your poster throughout the entire attendance time listed below. The moderated portion of the sessions are listed below. You may be the first or last presenter depending on your assigned presentation number.

It is essential that you remove your materials immediately after the end of your presentation time because the room will be cleared at that time to make room for the next poster session or other conference activities. We kindly ask you to remove and discard your poster if you do not want to keep it. If a poster is not removed at the end of the poster period, the AHA staff will assume that the presenter wants the poster material discarded.

EPI|Lifestyle Poster Sessions
Poster Session Date Presentation Time Attendance Time Set-Up Time
Poster Session 1
Monday, March 18
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Moderated Portion: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Poster Session 2
Tuesday, March 20
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Moderated Portion: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Poster Session 3
Wednesday, March 21
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Moderated Portion: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Failure to present deprives the audience and leaves a space in the program that might have been filled by another presenter. Due to the competitive nature of the program, any unexplained absences may result in the American Heart Association refusing to consider your abstracts at any future meetings.

REMINDER! Please include all authors’ disclosure information in your poster. Please ensure that it is visible to attendees viewing the poster.

Again this year, we will be offering ePosters to extend the reach of our poster presenters' research. Poster authors are encouraged to submit a single or multi-page electronic version of their poster file to complement their printed poster.

EPI/Lifestyle is offering ePosters, including QR codes. Gain greater and long term exposure and visibility to your poster by making it available online as an electronic file. All posters in the Poster Hall will be provided a corresponding QR Code on their poster board. This will allow the opportunity to scan the code with a smartphone or camera- equipped tablet and view the ePoster (electronic version of the poster), along with the abstract, and any audio narration or video (if provided by the author). Instructions for uploading your ePoster and other media will be emailed to you in January from [email protected].

Poster Printing

The AHA offers discounted poster printing through our preferred poster service provider, Digital Acumen. We recommend you take advantage of the easy and convenient service to have your poster printed, shipped to the meeting and hung on the poster board for you. Further information will be emailed to you in January from [email protected].

Both ePoster files and poster print files are uploaded through the same link that will be emailed to you with your log in credentials by late January. Please check your Spam/Junk filter if you do not see the emails in your Inbox.

Design, Materials and Production

Sources for Design and Production

  • Art department of your institution
  • Commercial art schools
  • Commercial artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Advertising Agencies

Background Materials

  • Color sheets and film overlays
  • Matte and glossy surfaces, most self-sticking brands – Pantone color paper, Pantone color/tint overlays, chartpak
  • Hot press illustration board -very smooth, less absorbent surface than regular grade

Printing and Drawing

  • Color keys
  • Computer systems that are capable of generating large, readable type
  • Professionally set type
  • Press type (rub on)
  • Geotype, Letraset, Chartpak, Formatt
  • Border tape (rub on) Same brands as above

Readability of Posters

Poster sessions are viewed by a large audience. To accommodate a group at a single poster presentation, the size of the lettering (type) must be large enough to be legible at a distance of approximately 6 feet (1.8m). The 6 best color combinations to use are listed below. Remember the key is choosing contrasting colors and shades. Simple use of color can add emphasis effectively.

  • Black on white
  • Red on white
  • Green on white
  • Blue on white
  • White on blue (no diazo)
  • White on black

If the presentation is typeset, choose a typeface (design of the type) that is particularly simple and clear (Helvetica, for example). The weight of the type chosen (the thickness of each letter) should be medium or bold.

The actual size of the type is measured in "Points." To be legible at a distance of eight feet, the minimum type size used should be 30 points. Below are suggestions of type for viewing at various distances.

Legible point sizes
To be Legible at: Use this point size:
8 feet 30 pt. M
10 feet 48 pt. M
14 feet 72 pt. M

Instructions for Poster Presentation

Your presentation should contain succinct headings that organize and logically display the information. Graphics should be explicit and brief. Elaboration is best done verbally -- just as if it were an oral presentation using slides. A short legible "Introduction" and a "Summary of Conclusions" are essential.

The poster display should focus on:

  • Hypothesis or Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results or Outcomes

The area for displaying poster materials is 4’ high X 8’ wide less a 2” frame on all four sides. The surface is fiberboard contained in a 2” wide frame and firmly supported on “A frame” legs. The display stands approximately 7’ high.

A card providing the Presentation Number and QR Code will be placed in the top right-hand corner of the board. (See below).

A graphic showing poster placement for a scientific poster during an AHA meetings. Left Graphic says: QR Code Tag (4.25x11") to be placed on the left side of the board, mid-level. DO NOT REMOVE. Poster Board area: traditional posters can be up to 4 feet high and 7.5 feet wide.

All illustrations (figures, tables, diagrams, equations, etc.) should be developed beforehand. Keep text and figure legends explicit and brief. Illustrations must be read from distances of approximately 4’. Charts, drawings, and illustrations should be similar to those you would use in making slides.

Pushpins and velcro will be provided to mount your poster materials. Do not mount your presentation materials on heavy poster board because they may be difficult to keep in position.

Do not write or draw on the poster board surface.

General ePoster Information

  • All abstracts accepted for poster presentation will be presented onsite and online through EPI’s ePoster partner, Digital Acumen’s APPRISOR. Poster presenters are required to upload an ePoster.

  • ePosters can be viewed from smartphones, laptops, tablets, or computer monitors. The online viewer allows participants to examine every detail of your poster while protecting content from download or re-use.

  • Presenting authors will have access to the secure ePoster submission site at https://submit.scientificposters.com/epi.

  • Presenting authors will receive an email with further instructions and login credentials from APPRISOR via [email protected] in early February 2024. Please add this email to your contacts list to ensure receipt. If you do not see the email in your inbox by February 15, please check your junk or spam folder.

  • This email cannot be sent to multiple recipients. If you are assisting a presenting author with his/her ePoster, s/he must forward the email to you.

  • When you log in, you will have access to the Poster Printing Service, templates, FAQs, instructions for recording audio and/or slide advancement, and technical support, all found on the Support page.

  • Deadline: ePosters must be uploaded by March 14.

ePoster Preparation

  • ePosters must be uploaded as either PDF or PowerPoint.

  • 16:9 is the preferred aspect ratio, but the system will also support 4:3.

  • ePosters can be a single page (like a traditional print poster you would bring to the in-person meeting) OR a multi-slide presentation (no more than 8 total slides, excluding the first two slides for Title and Disclosures).

  • Only one file can be uploaded per ePoster.

  • If you choose to prepare a multi-slide presentation, note that some PowerPoint-specific features such as animations, page transitions, hyperlinks, or “embedded” video or audio are not supported. However, after uploading your PowerPoint or PDF file, you can record audio narration, advance slides, and/or add a content video* within the submission site.

    * A video that expands upon the research demonstrated in the poster that clearly supports the content is allowed. A video that serves as a presentation of the ePoster is not allowed and will be disabled.

  • Use audio (5 minutes maximum) to enhance the presentation. The online recording tool, or uploaded audio file, will allow you to add narration to your poster and advance your slides.

  • Your ePoster should be self-explanatory so that you are free to supplement the information and discuss particular points if you choose to add audio narration.

ePoster Viewing and Discussion

  • ePosters will be available to view on-demand beginning on March 18, 2024, when the meeting opens.

  • Participants will be able to contact presenting authors with questions and comments via the Forum - Ask the Author feature which will send an email to the author.

  • Access to ePosters will remain available until April 18, 2024.

  • After April 18 the EPI 2024 ePoster site will be archived, https://aha.scientificposters.com, and be available for viewing.

If you have technical questions regarding your ePoster, please contact Digital Acumen at [email protected]. For all other ePoster questions, please contact [email protected]..

Awards offered for 2024

The Councils on Epidemiology and Prevention and Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health proudly sponsor the awards listed below in association with their joint conference and invite their members to apply. Detailed criteria for each award is available in the links below. Information is also listed on the submissions website. Please be sure to submit any required materials in the "Supplemental Award Material" step on the submission site.

All required materials must be submitted through the abstract submission site prior to the deadline. Incomplete award applications will not be considered.

Awards offered by the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health:

Awards offered by the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention:

Awards applied for through the Council Awards Application System

Award Submission for EPI|Lifestyle Scientific Sessions is now closed.  Applications will reopen in the summer.


Congratulations to the 2024 awardees!

EPI Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups Travel Grant
Michael D. Green
Veronica Njuguna, MD
Patricia Pagan Lassalle, PhD
Astrid N. Zamora, PhD, MPH

EPI Mentoring Award
Mercedes R. Carnethon, PhD, FAHA

David Kritchevsky Memorial Lecture
Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, FAHA

Richard D. Remington Methodology Lecture
Daniel J. Rader, MD, FAHA

William B. Kannel, MD Memorial Lectureship in Preventive Cardiology
Norrina Bai Allen, PhD, MPH, FAHA


The AHA has moved to a single sign-on process for submitting abstracts and disclosures through our website, Professional Heart Daily.

  • Abstract submitters must have a username and password on professional.heart.org to complete their abstract submission when submitting to any AHA scientific meeting.
  • If you do not remember your Professional Heart Daily login information or need to update your personal profile, do not create a new account. Please reach out to AHA Customer Service for assistance:

AHA Customer Service:
1-888-242-2453 (Inside U.S.)
1-214-570-5935 (Outside U.S.)
Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday (8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT)

  • The AHA is now required to collect financial disclosures from all abstract submitting authors and co-authors.
    • As the submitting author, please be prepared to provide all co-author emails.
    • Co-authors without a complete disclosure will receive separate correspondence to submit this information.