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Call for Papers: Nanoinformatics for Environmental Health and Biomedicine (NanoInfo2014)
United Kingdom
09/15/2014

Call for Papers: Nanoinformatics for Environmental Health and Biomedicine (NanoInfo2014)

Held in conjunction with 2014 IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM2014)

November 2-5, 2014 Belfast, United Kingdom

Important Dates

Submission deadline: September 15th, 2014

Acceptance notification: September 30th, 2014

Camera-ready papers: October 10th, 2014

Workshop: November 2-5, 2014

Nanotechnology is rapidly becoming a significant enabling technology for a wide array of industries being integrated across diverse areas, such as medicine, electronics, biomaterials, and energy production. In particular, the application of nanotechnology in biomedicine offers innovative approaches to disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention. At the same time, there is mounting concern regarding the potential impact of nanotechnology on the environment and human health. Clearly, there is a global drive to ensure that the development of beneficial nanotechnologies is accomplished in a responsible manner so as to avoid adverse environmental and human health impacts. Therefore, better understanding and mapping of the pharmacology and toxicology of nanomaterials are urgently required in order to provide the needed knowledgebase/guiding principles for the development of safe-by-design nanomaterials and nanomedicines. Accomplishing the above requires further investigation and development in the recently emerged field of nanoinformatics for acquisition, processing, visualization, management (collection, validation, storage and sharing), and interoperation of large amounts of data, information, and knowledge involved with nanotechnology processes and materials.

This workshop, held in conjunction with IEEE BIBM 2014, aims to provide a forum for nanoinformatics community to exchange ideas and discuss the latest research developments across broad aspects of nanomedicine and environmental health impact assessment of nanomaterials. The workshop welcomes high-quality papers (theoretical, empirical, or computational) from any aspect of nanoinformatics that includes, but is not limited to, the topics listed below (not in order of preference):

Data management and database development for nanomaterials

Ontology and meta-data design for nanomaterial data

Nanomaterial data standards and interoperation/sharing protocols

Nanomaterial characterization (i.e., physicochemical/structural properties)

Text/Literature mining for nanomaterial data collection and integration

Analysis/Quantification for nano-images (e.g., TEM images of nanomaterials, images generated from in-vivo high-throughput screening of nano-bioactivity)

Assessment of the value of information in nanomaterial data

Data mining/Machine learning for nanomaterial data, particularly the development of (quantitative) structure-activity relationships for nanomaterials (i.e., nano-(Q)SARs)

Simulation for nanomaterial fate & transport, nano-bio interactions

Computing applications for nanomedicine (e.g., drug delivery systems (nano-excipient), diagnosis and prevention, and safe disposal of nanomedicine as household goods)

Visualization of nanomaterial data

Environmental and health risk assessment, life-cycle analysis, and regulatory decision making for nanomaterials

Assessment of ethical and social issues of nanotechnology

Infrastructure (frameworks/software/tools/resources) for nanoinformatics

Computer Scientist, Informatician, Scientist, Technologist
Call for Posters: USDA Agricultural Research Service 3nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium
United States
Maryland
09/15/2014

Call for Posters: USDA Agricultural Research Service 3nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium

February 2-5, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland

The deadline for submission is September 15, 2014.

The American Biological Safety Association is proud to announce the Call for Posters for presentation at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) 3nd International Biosafety & Biocontainment Symposium being held February 2-5, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland. We are anticipating over 200 attendees and over 30 vendors showcasing the latest biosafety and biocontainment products and services.

The symposium focus is on Biorisk Management in a One Health World. We are looking for abstract submissions to address topics such as the examples listed below:

One Health Related Issues:

Topics which identify successes in or challenges to forging critical links related to the interface of animal, human, and environmental health

Challenges in breaking down professional silos between public health, animal health and environmental health

Emerging and re-emerging diseases that can impact people, animals, crops or the environment

Global Health Security Initiative

Scientific needs and capacity to prevent, detect or respond to natural and designed biological threats

Potential for accidental release, theft or illicit use of biological hazards

Biorisk Management

Implementation of a biorisk management system

Risk assessment for laboratory, vivarium and field work

Containment challenges and solutions

Operational and training issues

Developing and measuring biosafety safety culture

Security and reliability issues surrounding the life sciences

Risk Management in Animal Research and Production Systems

Livestock production systems

Disease outbreak response

Biosafety and biocontainment in aquaculture

Waste disposal and environmental contamination

Occupational/Laboratory Safety Issues

Laboratory/occupational illness, treatment and reporting issues

Occupational health and medical surveillance issues for life scientists in the lab and field

Emergency response

Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Veterinary Scientist
Call for Abstracts: American Mosquito Control Association 81st Annual Meeting
United States
Louisiana
11/03/2014

Call for Abstracts: American Mosquito Control Association 81st Annual Meeting

March 29 - April 2, 2015 New Orleans, Louisiana

All abstracts must be received by Monday, November 3, 2014.

The AMCA Annual Meeting is the premier education and networking event for researchers, educators, vector control professionals, industry representatives, and students in mosquito control. Every year since 1935, hundreds gather to hear the latest research, share ideas, and form collaborations. Our educational sessions and exhibit hall help to put attendees on the cutting-edge of this ever-expanding field!

We invite you to join us in New Orleans, whether it's your first meeting or your twenty-first! There is something to be gained by attendees of all levels of experience.

The American Mosquito Control Association invites all persons interested in mosquito control to submit abstracts to be considered for presentation at the AMCA 81st Annual Meeting.  Researchers, educators, vector control professionals, industry representatives and students working in the field of mosquito control are invited to share their experiences. See suggested topics list and conference details on the AMCA Annual Meeting website. All authors must submit their abstract electronically. This is the ONLY option for abstract submission.

Contact Information

All AMCA 81st Annual Meeting program and logistics questions should be directed to Shay McClain at meetings@mosquito.org or (856) 380-6897.

Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Scientist
Call for Papers: International Conference on Disasters in Asia
Philippines
10/30/2014

Call for Papers: International Conference on Disasters in Asia

20–21 January 2015 Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines

Deadline for Submission: 30 October 2014

The Conference Organizing Committee welcomes proposals for panel presentations for the general topics described below. Panel concept notes must include the theoretical/paradigmatic perspective upon which the component presentations are built or hinged upon, making for a tight and clear discourse consistent with historical and most contemporary empirical evidence. Panel convenors are encouraged to build the same along multi/interdisciplinary lines with representations from at least three Asian disaster cases/experiences and from diverse institutional affiliations.

Papers submitted for presentation must not have been presented/published before. They will be treated as also being submitted to a technical working group for postconference publication. Chapters or excerpts from ongoing/finished studies are most welcome. Organizers reserve the right to first refusal as far as publication in book form is concerned.

Panel presentations shall limited to two hours each, maximum of four speakers per panel. Thirty minutes open forum shall follow.

The conference is organized by the Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman with assistance from the Japan Foundation, Manila.

Day 1

PANEL 1 – POLITICS AND DISASTER

This panel seeks to draw attention to conflict and cooperation among states and their agencies in the various facets of disaster incidence across the major tragedies that have recently hit Asian countries.  It may help describe, compare and or contrast the political implications of disaster impact, readiness, recovery under varying state circumstances. It may also help identify political factors informing state in/abilities to promote disaster risk reduction initiatives. Do disasters fail states is another question looking into.

PANEL 2 – ECONOMICS AND DISASTER

This panel will discuss the impact of  natural disasters, e.g., earthquakes, storms/typhoons, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, tsunamis–on the affected  Asian economies and their societies. Both disruption and resilience of market institutions and economic agents will be investigated. The discussion will also cover the meaning and operationalization of economic security under these specific circumstances and how these definitions relate with notions of response, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Day 2

PANEL 3- SOCIO-CULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF DISASTER

Humanitarian emergencies in the last so many years rendered particular populations grossly and completely ignored and marginalized even some may point to even middle classes as the new “climate change refugees”. This panel hopes provide contextual evidences of different coping mechanisms of various communities and groups in the light of the lingering impacts and certainties of disasters. It may even provide contribute to new thinking about the importance of traditional knowledge systems to addressing particular or even broad disaster concerns. Where possible, the panel may also help bring in new thinking about culture and its role to other facets of disasters in Asia.

PANEL 4- INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES AND DISASTER

Since Aceh (“Asian tsunami”), international aid has been channeled to a number of Asian victim communities. Is there evidence of donor fatigue given the spate of disasters that have struck same countries? What is the best level of cooperation and collaboration between aid agencies that result in appreciable impact upon disaster recovery?  How do aid agencies relate with other stakeholders in maximizing resources and improving outcomes? How long should humanitarian assistance be extended? What are the best combinations of aid agency involvement? These are some questions that this panel may address.

PANEL 5- SOCIAL WORK AND DISASTER (by invitation)

Social workers and NGO activists are the most well-grounded parties in direct service delivery in disaster areas.  But how do they work with other state agencies, foreign donors, local governments, communities and their leaders, and the victims? What if they are the victims and survivors themselves? How can social work and community development theory help make sense of their disaster role? Or is there a particular paradigm of social work for disaster incidence.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND DISASTER (by invitation)

Italian scientists jailed for inability to predict earthquake, Filipino weather agency head axed for 2008 ‘deus ex machina’ floods. How are scientists acting upon rising incidence of disaster? Can technological innovations save more lives and property in the light of disaster? How can poor countries develop appropriate interventions given resource constraints and level of scientific-technological knowledge and practice? Without being thoroughly technical, this panel hopes to surface more than fleeting interest in jargon and gadgets but in better systems of disaster prediction and risk reduction.

Address all communications to the Organizing Committee, International Conference on Disasters in Asia, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101.

Email address:  orgcom.disaster2015@gmail.com
Phone: (63 2) 9203535; 927 3939

Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Call for Abstracts: Children: Food and Environment
United States
Texas
09/11/2014

Call for Abstracts: Children: Food and Environment

February 4-6, 2015 Austin, Texas

Abstract submission deadline: September 11, 2014

On February 4-6, 2015, the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN) will convene a research conference titled "Children: Food and Environment" at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin, Texas. The focus of this event will be on how the interaction between food and environmental factors affect children’s health. The conference program will organize around specified health and developmental outcomes or affected organ/body systems, and include presentations on micro-level influences such as nutrient-mediated microbiome effects as well as macro-level influences such as contaminants rising from modern food production practices. This exciting conference will highlight cutting edge science in these areas of study and offer the translation of findings to public health practice and policy, where possible.

Conference Objectives:

To foster collaborations across different scientific groups/disciplines to further the understanding of the roles of food and the human microbiome in pediatric environmental health.

To identify research gaps and explore the contribution of pediatric environmental exposures through food to microbial ecology, and effect modifications, if any.

To translate research findings on food systems, diet, environmental factors, and the human microbiome important to pediatric health outcomes, and to inform the scientific and public communities of the rapidly growing science (i.e. the etiology and prevention of abnormal neurodevelopment, asthma/allergy, obesity, childhood cancers, etc.) to relevant sectors including public health, medical, policy, and business.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is intended for research scientists, epidemiologists, public health and health care professionals, and students in all related disciplines.

Conference Themes (under the “Children’s Food and their Environments” focus):

Critical windows of early exposure (i.e. prenatal, early life) and microbiome

Food production systems and children’s health

Mechanisms

Biomarkers

Early origins of disease

Specific food exposures: antibiotics, pesticides, mycotoxins, etc; combined/interacting

Perinatal nutrition and effect modification: probiotics, protective compounds in foods, etc.

Multigenerational/Maternal transmission of risk.

Neurodevelopmental disorders

Asthma/Immune disorders/Allergic diseases

Obesity/Endocrine disruption

Cancer

Reproductive health

Differential susceptibility/Host factors such as sex

Developmental stressors

Environmental chemical or biological contaminants

We are seeking abstracts related to the broad topics above, under the umbrella theme of children’s food and their environments. We invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for consideration for oral and/or poster presentation at the conference. Certificates of recognition will be provided to the top abstracts submitted by new investigators. Only online submissions will be accepted. Please use the submission portal here . The deadline for abstract submission is 11:59 pm EDT, September 11, 2014. All investigators will be notified by October 3, 2014 about acceptance of their abstracts for platform or poster session.

We will utilize the successful format of state-of-the-art presentations grouped with cutting edge, short presentations. Each presentation will have sufficient time for discussion to facilitate a lively exchange of new ideas.

We look forward to your participation in the "Children: Food and Environment" Conference and to the combination of outstanding science and networking opportunities to engage participants with each other. We hope that you and your colleagues will be able to join us.

Allied Health Professional, Epidemiologist, Microbiologist, Nutritionist, Pediatrician, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Toxicologist
Call for Abstracts: Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases
Spain
10/03/2014

Call for Abstracts: Impact of Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases

23-25 March 2015, Sitges, Spain

Abstract submission deadline: 3rd October 2014

Environmental changes — the manifestations of which can include loss of biodiversity and habitat, increasing atmospheric temperature, rising sea level, and climatic instability (e.g., longer and more severe periods of drought or rainfall) — are likely to affect the prevalence of various infectious diseases by making conditions more (or less) propitious for the survival of pathogens and their vectors, and by inducing mass movement of human and animal populations.

This conference will discuss the impact of current and predicted future environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife, and livestock across the globe, and what actions need to be taken.

Major themes for the conference include:

• The effects of climate changes, globalization, urbanization and habitat loss on infectious disease patterns in human and animal populations.

• Socio-demographic and economic factors influencing populations and their impact on the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases.

• Policies and mechanisms of intervention to prevent or reduce the spread of infectious diseases related to environmental change.

• Future prospects for tackling emerging and neglected diseases.

Join us on March 23 to 25, 2015 in Sitges, Spain to discuss the latest evidence on how environmental changes are impacting the distribution and prevalence of infectious diseases

Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Scientist, Veterinary Scientist
Call for Abstracts: Innovation Arabia 8
United Arab Emirates
10/15/2014

Call for Abstracts: Innovation Arabia 8

16-18 February 2015 Dubai 

Conference Theme

The main theme for the 8th Innovation Arabia Conference is: “Innovate, Collaborate, and Differentiate: Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, and Shaping the Future” 

Innovation Arabia 8 is a highly scientific refereed event where leading academics, research scholars, and industry professionals from around the world will have the opportunity to meet, network and share their experience  and research results in the fields  of business management, health and environmental, e-education, and Islamic Finance.

Innovation Arabia will be the place for thought leaders, academics, and the professional community searching to exchange ideas, discuss trends, solutions and challenges in the development of sustainable economies and societies in the Arab World through innovation.

We welcome scholars, students, and practitioners from all disciplinary backgrounds to submit papers, and posters for presentation at the conference sessions.

Important Dates

15 Oct 2014 Extended Abstract Submission

10 Nov 2014 Notification of Extended Abstract Acceptance

15 Dec 2014 Full Paper Submission

20 Dec 2014 Presenter Registration Deadline

16-18 Feb 2015 Conference Dates 

Academic, Educator, Health Services Researcher, Technologist