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13th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference
United States

13th Annual Depression on College Campuses Conference

March 11-12, 2015 Ann Arbor, Michigan

Each year the Depression on College Campuses Conference hosts attendees from over 50 colleges and universities from across the nation for a focused review of recent research and practical advances in our understanding of depressive illnesses in college students.

Conference Learning Objectives

Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding and ability to implement:

Best practices for prevention and intervention methods to address stress, anxiety, depression and related illnesses among college students;

Research which demonstrates the impact of campus mental health programs and services which result in higher retention and graduation rates, stronger community engagement and connectedness, and the formation of positive social relationships;

Outreach models to reach students with depressive illnesses, or who are at risk of developing a depressive illness, in order to help these students to engage in treatment which will enhance their ability to manage stress and achieve success during their college career;

University policies and programs which aim to address the culture of extreme competitiveness and severe stress on many campuses, in order to improve student mental health and overall wellness.


The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:

Counselors and Counseling Center Directors



Academic Advisors

Student Affairs administrators and staff




Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Clinical Psychologist, Community Activist, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Physician Researcher, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
American College Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting
United States

American College Health Association 2015 Annual Meeting

May 26-30, 2015 Orlando, Florida

Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Nurse, Nurse Researcher, Physician, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe
United Kingdom

Disease, Disability and Medicine in Medieval Europe

6 - 7  December 2014 The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Pre-conference postgraduate workshop 5 December 2014

The conference will be preceded by a Graduate Workshop on medieval disability, free for all postgraduate students with an interest in disability studies.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspective

Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspective

17 and 18 October 2014 Dublin, Ireland

A symposium entitled ‘Medical Training, Student Experience and the Transmission of Knowledge, c. 1800-2014: New Foundations and Global Perspectives, will be held in the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin, on 17 and 18 October 2014. This two-day symposium will examine the theme of medical training and education, broadly conceived, (and incorporating allied medical and scientific specialisms), with the overall aspiration of broadening our understanding of the changing experiences of students and those undergoing medico-scientific training in a variety of institutional and international settings in the modern period. The keynote speaker will be John Harley Warner of Yale University.

Given recent concern about standards of medical education and training, the symposium is timely. For example, in 2009, the HPAT (Health Professions Admissions Test) was introduced to Irish medical schools. This multiple-choice test measures candidates' emotional skills, in an attempt to ensure that candidates for medical schools possess high degrees of empathy.

The conference will provide historical context to such changes, assessing how ideas about what makes a ‘good’ medical student/doctor have changed over time. Related to this, participants will assess how medical education has adjusted over time to cater to the changing relationship between doctor and patient, as well as addressing the changing representations/behaviour of students. Historians of medicine have shown how medical student experience can vary widely and how educational experiences have been significantly shaped by national contexts. The conference aims to explore this idea through an examination of education and training in a range of environments. Participants will explore the history of medical training through an evaluation of how medical knowledge and the hallmarks of professional identity have been transmitted to students over time as well as looking at the development of tools of training, curriculum and pedagogy. Other aspects of medical student life and culture such as student involvement in sports clubs, student societies and other social activities will also be explored.

The conference hopes to bring together historians of medicine, science and education as well as researchers working in related fields in the humanities, social sciences and medicine.

The conference is funded by the generous support of the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Scheme.

Academic, Anatomist, Historian, Medical Faculty Member, Social Scientist
Medicine and Poetry: From the Greeks to the Enlightenment
United States

Medicine and Poetry: From the Greeks to the Enlightenment

March 20th, 2015 University of Miami Coral Gables, Florida

From Homer’s depiction of wounds and Lucretius on plague and death to Erasmus Darwin’s rhymed verse portrayals of plants and zoology and beyond, poetic texts have reflected, disseminated, and actively engaged with contemporary ideas about medicine and the body. While scholarly work on poetry or the history and philosophy of science has long proceeded in parallel, the conjunction of the two remains understudied. With the recent surge of interest in medical Humanities and sub-topics such as narrative medicine and the verbal (in)articulation of bodily pain, the time is right to propose a conference investigating how medical knowledge is expressed, often by non-specialists, in poetry.

Academic, Historian
7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health
United States

7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health

December 8-9, 2014 Bethesda, Maryland

Cohosted by AcademyHealth and the National Institutes of Health

A forum for discussing the science of dissemination and implementation, the 7th annual conference aims to grow the research base by bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health and medicine.

Researchers, evaluators and implementers who are interested in identifying opportunities, challenges, and strategies for disseminating the findings and implementation of research to key stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Discuss, debate, and explore in-depth approaches to advance dissemination and implementation science.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant
Vesalius Continuum Conference

Vesalius Continuum Conference

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Andreas Vesalius

4-8 Sept 2014 Zakynthos, Greece

Andreas Vesalius 1514 – 1564

In September 2014, under the auspices of The Municipality of Zakynthos and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Athens, the Ionian Island will host a number of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas Vesalius in Brussels. The Flemish physician, later universally referred to as the father of modern human anatomy, died on Zakynthos, Greece, in 1564 which will be exactly 450 years ago in 2014.

His legacy as an anatomist and European humanist has already survived almost half a millennium of natural, political and economic obstacles. He is the living proof that the arts and sciences can and will help us surmount current and future hurdles. In September 2014 we will hold an ambitious international conference on Art and Science with Vesalius in a main role. There will be an exhibition of contemporary medical art that is  juxtaposed with a display of historical artifacts and medical illustrations. There will also be a concert of sixteenth century music organized by the Belgian Embassy, and it is amusing to reflect that Vesalius, the physician of emperors must have known or perhaps even heard these very tunes.

Academic, Anatomist, Historian, Social Scientist
Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives
United Kingdom

Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives

18th-19th September 2014 Post-doctoral Suite, 16 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fuelled by the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalised, patient-led medicine alongside the growing Quantified Self and Big Data movements, the emerging field of personal medical devices is one which is advancing rapidly across multiple domains and disciplines – so rapidly that conceptual and empirical understandings of personal medical devices, and their clinical, social and philosophical implications, often lag behind new developments and interventions. Personal medical devices – devices that are attached to, worn by, interacted with, or carried by individuals for the purposes of generating biomedical data and/or carrying out medical interventions with/on the person concerned – have become increasingly significant in clinical and extra-clinical contexts owing to a range of factors including the growth of multimorbidity and chronic disease in ageing populations and the increasing sophistication and miniaturisation of personal devices themselves.

The aim of this symposium is to consider recent theoretical developments in the humanities and social sciences in relation to personal medical devices, and to address important gaps in understanding such as the differences between wearable and non-wearable devices, the ontological implications of personal devices for concepts of the body, the self, and technology, and the extent to which such questions may arise with particular force owing to ‘new’ technologies.

The symposium will take place at the University of Cambridge over two days, with the first day consisting of papers and keynote presentations, and with the second day consisting of further papers and a concluding panel of invited discussants from a range of backgrounds including computing science, clinical medicine, technology, and philosophy.

The symposium will combine invited and submitted papers from established and emerging scholars to consider how recent theoretical literature can shed light on current debates surrounding personal medical devices these and other important issues. Some of the questions that papers may address include:

How ‘personal’ are personal medical devices?

How new are ‘new’ medical technologies?

What are the implications of personal medical devices for enduring philosophical dualities such as mind/body and self/society?

What are the implications of personal medical devices for understandings of illness, medicine, and technology?

How can the interaction of diverse theoretical perspectives drive new conceptual understandings of personal medical devices?

Academic, Bioethicist, Computer Scientist, Ethicist, Health Services Researcher, Philosopher, Physician Researcher, Technologist
Call for Participation: Demons in the Body
United Kingdom

Call for Participation: Demons in the Body

Monsters and the Monstrous--Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil

One day Workshop

Monday 28th July 2014 Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

This workshop intends to bring people interested in the meaning and purpose of traditional beliefs in demons and vampires in Southeast Europe together to share ideas and to try to draw the line between “our part of Europe” and “their part of Europe”. Further it will also explore the ways in which these ideas, both positively and negatively, can be seen to inform many contemporary narratives of disease, the supernatural and the undead. In particular, the workshop will aim to explore the relationship between illness, disease, demons, vampires and the body. It will seek to bring together practitioners and academics to look at alternative concepts of illness, and especially to discuss the idea of ‘infection’ with a focus on Southeast European Folk belief and the theories of Paracelsus about illness-bringing forth demons. Equally there will be a clear examination of the concept of demons as figurations of illness and there will be an assessment of the ways of dealing with them and how to ‘heal’ the ill ones. The over-arching purpose of the day is to attempt to get a new look on the vampire and its role in Southeast European folklore and the ways in which the past remains as an ‘undead’ presence in the modern world.

Workshop I: Demonic Bodies: Illness and Disease in Southeast European Folk Belief

Opening proposal of Areas to be discussed lead by Peter Mario Kreuter:

The idea of disease as something brought into the human body from an external source – and demons and vampires in particular – was, and partially still is, at the heart of Southeastern European folk belief. However, this concept is not only restricted to the Balkans, and is neither only a concept of popular belief. This concept is typified in the work of Theophrastus Bombast von Hohenheim (1493-1541), better known as Sobriquet Paracelsus, who rejected the medicine of the ancestors as embodied in Hippokrates and Epikur and Galen as well as the knowledge found in the main books of the day, and started to create his own medical theories about illness and health. One of his concepts was that of disease as something brought into the human body from the outside by the use of demons and spirits. Tiny demons entered human bodies and caused, by their existence or by their negative attitudes, all manner of illness. A variation of that belief was also widespread across Bulgaria and Romania, where people also believed in the negative effect of demons. The difference here is that each demon brings its own particular disease, but they do not necessarily have enter the body but their proximity alone causes people to get sick or even die.
The vampire is also a kind of demon – a dead person unable to pass over to the other world. Contrary to the image of the Dracula-like vampire we now know in the Western literary tradition, the vampire of the Balkans does not suck blood, but makes people die by his presence in the room or near the bed in which a person lies. Consequently demons can be seen as the key to understanding certain beliefs about illness and disease – demons and demonic figures in South-eastern Europe and their relationship to either mankind or illness. This workshop will follow the principles and aims of Inter-Disciplinary.Net (IDN). IDN was set up to bring academics and practitioners together to discuss research, ideas, good practice and best practice: to help individuals to think critically and think with an inter-disciplinary lens.


- The concept of illness and disease in the theories of Paracelsus

- Demons of illness in Southeast European folkloric belief

- The vampire of the Balkans

- The discussion about the vampire in 18th century enlightened literature

- Demons and vampires today in South-eastern Europe

To be followed by an open discussion of the topics in a round-table situation.

For this purpose, a couple of texts (in English) will be examined with the purpose of developing a deeper understanding for the evolution of the idea of illness coming from outside shall be created as well as some deeper insights in to how rural communities deal with an attack from the outside, may it be a disease or a ‘foreign body’ that functions like a disease.

Workshop II: Plague or Panacea: Vampires and Disease on Film from Nosferatu to Twilight…and Beyond.

From the vampires first appearance on film it has been connected with the ideas of blood, contagion and disease. Yet whilst this continues much of the ideological intent of earlier periods, signifying otherness or spiritual and racial impurity, many narratives can be seen to reverse this idea, showing the vampire to either a resource for human longevity or an example of a post-human future. Through a consideration of key films, some well known and others not so, this workshop will examine many of the conflicting views held about the vampire and its place in relation to medicine, science, human health and vitality. Further, this workshop, will also consider the ways in which earlier folkloric views, and what Judith Halberstam calls their ‘monstrous’ or monsterizing, ‘technologies’ can be seen to operate within these more contemporary texts and what they might say about 21st century western culture.

Discussant 1: Simon Bacon on A Plague of Difference: Medical Metaphors and Vampiric Identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries.

The establishing discussion will be divided in to two parts exploring the positive and negative views of the vampire. In the first part, films, such as Nosferatu (1922), Atom Age Vampire (1960), Ganga & Hess (1973), The Hunger (1983) Trouble Everyday (2001) and Twilight (2008) utilise the idea of the vampire as being the manifestation of something unclean, excessive and other, and consequently contagious. In the other section, movies and series such as Son of Dracula (1943), Ultraviolet (2006), Perfect Creature (2006), Vampire Diaries (2009-present) and Let Me In (2010) examples vampirism as being a ‘disease’ that produces autonomy and agency and a form of human becoming.

Discussant 2: Stacey Abbott on Vampires and Zombies in 20th and 21st Century film and television.

The following discussion will specifically examine how the vampire in film and television has increasingly been re-imagined through our changing relationship to science, focusing upon key aspects of this work that surrounds the ongoing relationship between the vampire and disease. Discussion of films and TV series to include Daybreakers (2009), I Am Legend (2007), Stakeland (2010), 28 Days Later (2002), The Walking Dead (2010 – present), and In the Flesh (2013 – present), will highlight how this focus upon disease has increasingly blurred the distinction between the vampire and the zombie within contemporary culture, demonstrating a growing uncertainty about the stability of the body alongside changing notions of life and death.

To be followed by an open discussion of the topics in a round-table situation.

For this discussion four or five films will be discussed in depth to explore the ways in which they carry the signifiers and meaning of previous incarnations of the undead into the present and the ways in which, contemporary versions might reinforce or subvert the processes of ‘monsterization’.


Medical Staff interested in the subject

Historians with a specialisation in History of Medicine or Ethics of Medicine



Media Studies

Popculture and film enthusiasts

Places on this workshop are capped so we invite expressions of interest for people thinking of attending and for them to send a statement of their interest and experience/expertise to the organising chairs by Friday 4th July 2014:

Peter Mario Kreuter:

Simon Bacon:

Rob Fisher:


The day will begin with registration between 9.00am and 10.00am Monday 28th July 2014 and will be followed by a series of presentation sessions and workshops. Refreshments and a 2 course sit-down lunch will be provided. After the final workshop and summation of the days discussions and the event will end with a wine reception.

Registration Fee: £85. This Includes:

conference registration fee

discounted rate off any Inter-Disciplinary Press or Fisher Imprints publications

access to the conference project initiative support materials

morning coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes

2 course waiter served lunch

afternoon coffee break with coffee, tea, fruit juice, fresh fruits, cakes

Wine Reception

Workshop Leaders:

Peter Mario Kreuter, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (Regensburg) Germany

Simon Bacon, Independent Researcher

Organising Committee:

Rob Fisher: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

Selected works will also be published in a special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous Journal in 2015.

Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.

Academic, Historian, Social Scientist
Innovation Arabia 8
United Arab Emirates

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.

Academic, Educator, Health Services Researcher, Technologist