2024 ACSM Annual Meeting

  • Tuesday, May 28 - Friday, May 31, 2024 | Boston, Massachusetts | Hynes Convention Center

2024 Annual Meeting Preconferences

Tuesday, May 28, 2024


Planning Meeting for an International Society of Exercise Oncology 

7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Registration fee: $40

Coffee will be served in the morning. Snacks will be served in the afternoon.

Target Audience

Exercise Oncology Researchers (basic, clinical, translational, D&I, etc), Clinicians (MD/DOs, Nurses, CEPs, PTs, OTs, Palliative/Supportive Care Docs, Integrative Oncologists), Fitness Professionals with specialty training in oncology, trainees, people living with and beyond cancer, sponsors (e.g. equipment companies)


The field of exercise oncology has grown exponentially over the past several decades.  The organizing committee proposes a discussion about the relative merits of forming a new organization: the International Society of Exercise Oncology.  It is evident that most if not all scientific meetings have <10 hours of exercise oncology programming which is constraining development of the field and not reflective of the research and clinical expansion. We propose bringing the field together in a new way. 

  • Tentative Schedule

GSSI Preconference: Navigating the Latest Hydration Science 

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Overview of Hydration Physiology and Principles of the Fluid Replacement Process – Lindsay Baker 
Hydration and Youth Athletes – Stavros Kavouras  
Hydration and Thermoregulation in Extreme Environments – Zachary Schlader  
Practical Implementation – Jen Sygo  

The preconference will cover relevant topics related to hydration physiology, fluid replacement and the research and practical implementation in specific populations. Hydration research has been published for over 100 years, yet we continue to learn more about physiology and how to best support the hydration needs of athletes. Despite what is known, supporting athlete hydration can be challenging for numerous reasons. The first presentation will cover hydration physiology and principles of the fluid replacement process. The second presentation will address hydration issues and recommendations specifically for youth athletes. Third, hydration and thermoregulation in extreme environments, whether outdoor sports or physically demanding occupations will be discussed. Finally, the closing session will cover the practical components to educating athletes and supporting their hydration needs. 

ACSM Media Spokesperson Preconference: Building a Communication Toolbox to Share and Amplify Your Work

1 - 3 p.m.

Pre-registration not required.

Jennifer A. Bunn, FACSM. Sam Houston State University, Conroe, TX.
Brian Parr, FACSM. University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, SC.
Anaissa Ruiz Tejada. Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Alyssa Olenick. University of Colorado, Aurora, CO.

This session will focus on how ACSM members can better share their research, writing, and other health information through traditional and social media platforms by developing a communication toolbox. Expert ACSM members and staff will explain how to create user-friendly plain language summaries (PLS) of research and tools to share their work through interviews, blog posts, podcasts, videos, infographics, and social media. Attendees will be actively engaged in creating PLS and other content as part of their scientific communication toolbox. This preconference session is intended for members who wish to learn new skills for communicating their work through social media, traditional media, and other platforms. It can also serve as required ACSM spokesperson media training.

Student & Early Career Preconference: Mastering Grant Writing as an Early Career Scientist

3 - 5 p.m.

Margaret C. Morrissey-Basler. Providence College, 1 Cunningham Sq, RI.
Anna Gault Galjan. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Linda S. Pescatello, FACSM. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Lanay Mudd, FACSM. NIH, North Bethesda, MD.

The goal of this session is to provide effective grant writing tips for students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and early career scientists. The session will highlight how to write a specific aims page as a “keynote” presentation and will include a panel of experts to address questions related to grant writing. The Student Affairs Committee decided on this topic to address the growing need for resources and information related to grant writing.

PINES 10 Questions 10 Experts session:  Myth Busting in Sports Nutrition

5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

Pre-registration not required.

Louise M. Burke, FACSM. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
Melinda Manore, FACSM. Oregon State University, Corvalis, OR.
Trent Stellingwerff, FACSM. Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, Victoria, BC, Canada.
Enette Larson-Meyer, FACSM. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VT.

The PINES 10Q 10E: Myths in Sports Nutrition has been delivered at ACSM for over a decade, to well-attended rooms and with extremely positive feedback. This session, albeit following a non-traditional ACSM format, allows ten currently popular myths or topical questions in sports nutrition to be addressed by 10 different experts, who will use 3 slides and 3 minutes to discuss the issue, before leading discussion with the audience to decide whether the myth is Busted, Approved or Plausible. The scenarios to be discussed will represent the 10 most topical issues at the time of ACSM 2024.