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Measuring What Matters Topic Proposal: Call for Submissions

ISOQOL holds an annual virtual Measuring What Matters Symposium in July and requests topic proposals each January, one and a half years in advance.

ISOQOL is seeking to identify and address topics of importance to our members and the HRQL field. Topics may be:

  • a particular application (e.g., Measuring What Matters in Clinical Practice)
  • a specific disease area (e.g., Measuring What Matters in Cardiology)
  • a particular population (e.g., Measuring What Matters in Children)
  • or a combination of the three.

View the agendas and organization of past symposia here.

Co-Chair Commitment

Upon submitting a topic proposal, you are indicating your intent to serve as a co-chair of the MWM Symposium and develop the direction of the symposium (commitment noted below). Please indicate the co-chairs (2) in the proposal. The two co-chairs must be current ISOQOL members and one of the co-chairs is the person submitting the proposal.
Co-chairs work with ISOQOL Staff and are responsible for:

  • Developing a program outline with topics
  • Developing the curriculum
  • Developing session learning objectives
  • Proposing speakers/presenters
  • Attending monthly/biweekly calls with staff and speakers

Items to consider when proposing a MWM Symposium

As much as possible, incorporate these responses in your proposal:

  • Why was the content chosen and how is it relevant to ISOQOL’s mission/vision?
  • How does this proposal differ from, or build upon, previous MWM topics and ISOQOL webinars?
  • What steps are taken to ensure state-of the-art concerns and methods are included?
  • For proposed speakers, consider including a range of levels of experience (e.g., senior investigators, early careers investigators)

Please direct questions about your proposal to

Submissions for Measuring What Matters 2024 topic proposals are now closed.


Topic Proposal Questions

Below are the questions requested as part of the symposium topic proposal, which opens in mid-January.

Submitter and Co-Chair Details

  • Submitter(s) Name, Title, Affiliation
  • Names and email addresses of two proposed symposium co-chairs
    The two co-chairs must be current ISOQOL members and one of the co-chairs is the person submitting the proposal.

Topic/Theme Information

  • Proposed topic/theme
    • Symposium Title
    • Describe the topic/theme and why it is relevant for a “Measuring What Matters” symposium (100 words)
  • Is this topic regional? If yes, please indicate why and the region of the greatest interest.
  • Category area (Select all that apply)
    • Theoretical Work
    • Methodological
    • Application: Clinical Research
    • Application: Clinical Care Applications
    • Application: Policy
  • Outline how each category (selected above) will be addressed (100 words)
  • Intended audience(s): (Select all that apply)
    • Academics
    • Clinicians
    • Consultants
    • Industry
    • Patients
  • Symposium synopsis: (500 words)

Symposium Organization

  • List potential names, affiliations and brief description of expertise (no CVs please) of the speakers you intend to invite
  • Describe how the symposium will be organized: (e.g., plenaries, break-outs, case studies; general organization of the meeting): (500 words) 
  • Proposed Number of Sessions (1-5)
  • Provide a title, description and objective(s) for each of the proposed sessions, based on the number you selected above.

The International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) is a global community of researchers, clinicians, health care professionals, industry professionals, consultants, and patient research partners advancing health related quality of life research (HRQL).

Together, we are creating a future in which patient perspective is integral to health research, care and policy.