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Orals Present Late-Breaking Science

Late-Breaking Scientific Oral Presentations
7:30 am, Tuesday
Room 286/287

There’s a lot that goes into gathering and submitting the material for a scientific oral presentation. It starts with completing the relevant research in time to be considered by the selection committee before a major meeting. In this regard, the timing doesn’t always coincide.

The Annual Meeting Program Committee took this into account this year and made certain adjustments to ensure that the most recent science is being presented.

Researchers “may not have all the data or all the material by the time of the deadline. And for them to get it finished a month or two late means that they would miss the whole year,” said Mark K. Wax, MD, the Annual Meeting Program Coordinator. “If they wanted to present at our meeting, they would have to wait until September 2020.”

When it comes to relevant research, that can be too long to wait.

“From our perspective, we recognize that there’s a wealth of material out there. Just because the work hasn’t been completed or they’re waiting on data, the work still has scientific or clinical significance that we think the attendees of the Annual Meeting would want to hear about prior to 2020, said Dr. Wax. “We developed this mechanism to allow individuals—if they have material of a scientific enough nature that hits the criteria—to open up in this late-breaking abstract.”

The inaugural session held a call for late-breaking science through June, with the requirement that they explain why they thought it should qualify as late-breaking and what distinguished it from other abstracts that were submitted in time for the original deadline.

“It’s not for the people who just didn’t get around to it,” said Dr. Wax. “It’s really for people who have done work and who suddenly got the results or did something that was really interesting and would be nice to get presented and published this year.”

The committee received 57 submissions. The following nine were selected. They will be presented at the following times on Tuesday.

7:30 am: Influence of Gender and Racial Diversity on the Otolaryngology Residency Match

7:36 am: Ward-level Care for Free Tissue Reconstruction in the Head and Neck: Determinants of ICU Admission

7:42 am: Detecting Paranasal Sinus Disease Using an Artificial Intelligence Sinus Image Classifier

7:48 am: Postoperative Narcotic Usage after Tonsillectomy

8:00 am: Benefits of a Hearing Registry: A Case Study

8:06 am: Validation of Cognitive Screening Tools for Hearing Impaired Older Adults in Clinic

8:12 am: Comparison of Speech Outcomes in Unilateral and Bilateral Pediatric Cochlear Implants

8:18 am: CPAP Treatment and Sexual Quality of Life in Women and Men with Sleep Apnea

8:24 am: Phase 1/2 Hearing Loss Trial of Intratympanic FX322, a Progenitor Cell Activator

“The goal is to be able to put together in one forum a group of highly significant clinical or basic science material that appeals to everybody, to all otolaryngologists no matter what their subspecialty. So, this is the cutting edge, the most up-to-date, most advanced type of material that is of interest to all.”