The abstract submission deadline was April 1, 2019.  Notifications were sent out May 15, 2019.

Participation in this meeting is dependent upon competitive selection of a relevant research abstract.  The abstracts accepted for platform and poster presentations will be selected by a committee of experts in the areas of dysmorphology, clinical genetics, molecular biology, cytogenetics, epidemiology, teratology and developmental biology.  As always, priority will be given to research of the highest caliber delineating mechanisms of normal and abnormal morphogenesis, those describing new patterns of malformations, and papers providing new insights into old problems.  Please note: In the interest of complete disclosure of information, in the event that any platform or poster presentation includes a novel gene or finding, the presenter must give the name and location of the gene – if a presenter is not prepared to fully disclose this information it should not be included as an abstract nor presented at the meeting.  Abstract acceptance notification: May 15, 2019.

The focus areas for the 40th Annual David W. Smith Workshop are as follows:

·         Deformations, Disruptions, & Fetal Dysmorphology

·         CNS Malformations

·         Orofacial Clefting

·         Ciliopathies

·         X-linked Intellectual Disability Syndromes

Although abstracts in the above focus areas will be given priority for presentation, abstracts which report research on any aspect of malformations and morphogenesis will be considered.

Abstracts are to be submitted electronically by email as a Microsoft Word attachment. 

Please follow the style guidelines of the abstract format listed below, and adhere to the following specifications:

  • Page size: 8.5” x 11” (US Letter)

  • Number of pages: one (1)

  • Margins: Top – 1”; Bottom – 3”; Left – 1.25”; Right – 1”

  • Text Alignment: left

  • Typeface: Times New Roman

  • Type size: 12 point

  • Abstract Title: All caps and centered on page

  • Authors: underline the name of the presenting author

  • Institution:  italics

  • Each abstract should have attached an Abstract Submission Form.

  • Send abstracts electronically to:  DWSAbstract@email.chop.edu

PLEASE NOTE – Abstracts that are submitted without correct formatting will be returned for correction and resubmission.  The abstract submission deadline will not be extended to accommodate resubmissions.
Sample Abstract http://www.dwsmith.org/sample-abstract.pdf


Online registration will be available shortly after abstract acceptances.  Registration information will be emailed to those with accepted abstracts.


Participation by Fellows/Genetics residents and post-doctoral trainees at this meeting is highly encouraged. 

Individuals who are Fellows/Genetics residents or post-doctoral trainees who intend to submit as a Fellow must indicate this at the time of abstract submission.  In addition, you must also identify a  faculty member  who will be attending the meeting and has agreed to serve as your mentor.  

We are currently seeking funding to provide support for travel and registration for some fellows, which will be awarded on a competitive basis as determined by abstract quality. 


The meeting will be held at the Snowbird Resort (www.snowbird.com). The resort lodging is at an altitude of 7,760 feet.  Salt Lake City International Airport accommodates flights from multiple US and International locations. Information regarding housing reservations will be provided on the Registration Form.  Please note – unlike previous years, housing accommodations will be made separately from the meeting registration.

Participants should plan to arrive Friday afternoon, August 23rd, in time for registration (3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mountain Time) and a welcome reception that evening.  The meeting will conclude Tuesday evening, August 27th.  Participants are expected to attend the meeting in its entirety and departures should be planned for late Wednesday morning.