ANNOUNCING THE 3RD ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE AND ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION OF RADIOLOGISTS IN NIGERIA, TAGGED ARIN-KANO- 2019
It's our great privilege and honor to welcome you all for to the 3rd Annual scientific conference and annual general meeting of the Association of Radiologists In Nigeria (ARIN-KANO- 2019), which will be held at one of the finest hotels of Kano, Bristol Palace in Kano Metropolis, from 29th July to 2nd August, 2019. This is the second time Kano was bestowed with such responsibility and we are working very hard towards making it a resounding success and an unforgettable experience for all Kano is the state capital of Kano State in Northern West, Nigeria. It is situated in the Sahelian geographic region, south of the Sahara. Kano is the commercial nerve center of Northern Nigeria and is the second largest city in Nigeria, after Lagos. 

The total area of Metropolitan Kano is now 499 square kilometres (193 square miles), with a population of 2,828,861 as of the 2006 Nigerian census. The city is the capital of the Kano Emirate. The current emir, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, was enthroned on 8th June 2014 after the death of Alhaji Ado Bayero, the 13th emir of Kano Emirate, on Friday, 6 June 2014. The city's Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, the main airport serving northern Nigeria, was named after politician Aminu Kano. 

The economic significance of Kano dates back to the pre-colonial Africa when Kano city served as the southernmost point of the famous trans-Sahara trade routes. Kano was well connected with many cities in North Africa and some cities in southern Europe. Formerly walled, most of the gates to the Old City survive. The Old City houses the vast Kurmi Market, known for its crafts, while old dye pits (still in use) lie nearby. In the Old City are the Emir's Palace, the Great Mosque, and the Gidan Makama Museum. The products exported from Kano to north Africa include textile materials, leather and grains. Kano was connected with trans-Atlantic trade in 1911 when a railway line reached Kano. 

Kano is a major centre for the production and export of agricultural products like hides and skins, peanuts, and cotton. Because Kano is north of the rail junction at Kaduna, it has equal access to the seaports at Lagos and Port Harcourt. The city maintains its economy and business even in the 21st century with it producing the richest black man (Aliko Dangote) whose great grandfather Alhassan Dantata was the richest during Nigeria's colonial period. The emergence of large retail outlets starting from early 2000 with Sahad Stores, Jifatu departmental stores, etc revived investor confidence in the sector which led to the construction of the Ado Bayero mall in, then the largest shopping mall in Nigeria with a retail space of 24,000 square metres (260,000 square feet) It has the popular film house cinemas, the South African retail giants Shoprite and Game stores as anchor partners. Apart of stimulating symposia and scientific meetings, the social and political components of the congress will enable you to meet friends and enjoy the beauty of Kano. So, block your dates from now, book flight in advance and come join us for a memorable event we are planning for. See all of you in Kano.

The Proposed Outline of 2019 Conference
TUESDAY 30TH JULY, 2019 - 9:00AM-5:00PM
Venue: Conference room of the Center for Advance Medical Research and Training (CAMRAT) within Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
9:00 am – 11:00 am Opening Ceremony
Introduction of dignitaries
Opening remarks by the chair of the meeting
Welcome address and Introductory Speech By the President, Prof Ahmed Ahidjo
Introduction of the guest speaker
Guest lecture
Comments
Product presentations
Vote of thanks by the chair of LOC
11:00 am – 11:30 am Tea break
11:30 am to 1:00 pm 1st session on non-Vascular interventions
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch break/ Practical demonstrations/workshops
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm 2nd session Non Vascular Interventions
3:30 pm - 4: 00 pm    Product Presentation
4:30 pm- 6:00 pm Annual general meeting and closing
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
Presentation Formats
Abstracts can be submitted for either an Oral or Poster presentation. Authors should indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation during the submission process.

1. Guidelines
a. Abstracts must be original and have not been previously accepted/published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented previous conference(s).
b. Submissions should be relevant to Interventional Radiology.
c. All abstracts must be submitted electronically.
d. All submissions shall indicate all authors and the presenter.
e. Notification of successful submission of abstract will be sent by email.
f. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and an Acceptance Notification will be sent to the presenting author by email not later than 31st May 2019 which will confirm the mode of presentation.
All abstracts and paper submitted become the property of NiSIR unless otherwise stated.

2. Abstract Format
Abstracts will be reproduced in the abstract supplement in NiSIR conference Book of Abstract and NiSIR newsletter exactly in the form they are submitted and accepted. Authors are therefore kindly requested to adhere to the following guidelines. Failure to do so may result in the abstract not being accepted.
a. Language: All submissions and presentations should be English.
b. Title: This should be brief as possible and typed in sentence case (all letter in lowercase except the first letter of the first word of the title) e.g. percutaneous selective renal artery embolisation in the management of advanced renal cell carcinoma: early experience in Kano, Nigeria (no full stop/ period after the title).
c. Authors: The presenting author should be listed first and up to five more authors can be included for case and technical reports only. The author’s surname should be by initials. There is no limit for the number of authors for full length research papers.
The affiliation details of all authors (department, institution/hospital, city/town, state (if relevant) and country should be included with the submission.

3. Abbreviations
a. Use standard abbreviations.
b. Place special or unusual abbreviations in parentheses after the first time the full word appears.
Use numerals to indicate numbers, except when beginning sentences.

4. Abstract Character Limit
a. Abstract Title Character Limit: 250 characters which EXCLUDES spaces.
b. Abstract Body Character Limit: 2,750 characters which EXCLUDES the title, names of authors/coauthors, authors’ affiliations, spacing and disclosures.
c. Abstracts exceeding the character limit will be considered “incomplete”.
d. Abstracts marked “incomplete” at the close of the submission deadline will be ineligible for consideration.

5. Abstract Title
a. Take special care when entering your title as it may be published exactly as submitted.
b. Titles should be brief, clearly indicating the nature of the presentation.
Title word limit is 20.

6. Authorship Criteria
a. Substantial contributions to study conception and design.
b. Substantial contributions to acquisition of data.
c. Substantial contributions to analysis and interpretation of data.
d. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content.
e. Final approval of the version of the article to be published.
f. Other critical study activities (need to be specified).
There is no limit on the number of authors that may be included in the author block (refer to 2c above).

7. Content
a. Do not use new technical words, laboratory slang, words not defined in dictionaries, or abbreviations or terminology not consistent with internationally accepted guidelines.
b. Define any abbreviations the first time they are used.
c. Refer to the unified list of acronyms for recommendations on acceptable terms for scientific communication.
d. Organize content as follows:
I.Background: Background.
II.Objectives: Statement of Purpose.
III.Methods: Methods, materials and analytical procedure used.
IV.Results: Summary of the results in sufficient detail to support conclusion.
Conclusion: Conclusions reached

8. Disclosure Policy
a. As a planned CME/CPD activity to be accredited by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, the Nigerian Society of Interventional Radiology (through this scientific committee of NiSIR-2019) will ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its educational activities.
To this end, the NiSIR -2019 conference requires that individuals (presenters/speakers, moderators, reviewers, authors and planners and their spouse/partners) disclose to the scientific sub-committee all issues of conflicts of interest.

9. Multiple Submissions of Same Study
a. The same study should not be submitted as multiple abstracts.
Therefore, if the abstracts in question are not different enough to be considered separate studies (specifically, if they address the same research question or present the same results), they may all be rejected.

10. Presentation Formats
a. Abstracts are considered for either oral presentation or poster presentation.
b. As English is the designated language for the meeting, the presenting author is required to speak English when presenting.

11. Review Process
a. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and evaluated in terms of their appropriateness and their overall quality.
b. Abstracts will be assessed on their acceptability and eligibility as oral or poster presentation in a constructive and educational way.
All enquiries regarding abstracts should be directed to Anas Ismail, Chair, organisisng committee at: aismail.rad@buk.edu.ng.