New, Earlier Annual Meeting Embargo Release for Scientific Abstracts

February 2, 2009

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The AAN recently revised its embargo policy for scientific abstracts accepted for presentation at the 2009 Annual Meeting. The new policy affects more than 2,000 abstracts to be presented at the meeting. The embargo for media and others to report on non-late-breaking abstracts will lift at 4:00 p.m. ET, on Wednesday, February 25, which is the date and time non-late-breaking abstracts will be posted online at on the 2009 Annual Meeting abstracts page.

This embargo date and time applies to all abstracts posted online unless otherwise noted by the AAN Media and Public Relations staff. Previously, the media was not allowed to publish reports on science presented at the meeting until the date and time of on-site presentation of the abstract at the Annual Meeting.

"The AAN strictly enforces its embargo policy, which prohibits the distribution or publication of the contents of abstracts ahead of the embargo date and time," said AAN Public Relations Committee Chair Robin Brey, MD, FAAN. "It is routine for the AAN to review its Annual Meeting embargo policies every year. During the latest annual review, it was determined that it made sense to lift the embargo on non-late-breaking abstracts at the time these specific abstracts are posted online in advance of the Annual Meeting."

The earlier embargo policy affects all abstracts, except late-breaking submissions. The embargo for late-breaking abstracts presented at the Annual Meeting remains the date and time of the late-breaking abstract's presentation at the Annual Meeting in Seattle, unless otherwise noted by the Academy.

Embargoed press releases on newsworthy late-breaking abstracts will be distributed to credentialed journalists in late April with press conferences taking place in Seattle during the week of the Annual Meeting.

Late-breaking abstracts include research of major scientific importance, warranting expedited presentation and publication. Key aspects of the research must have been conducted after November 3, 2008.

For more information on the embargo policy changes, visit the AAN Press Room.