18 June 2012
A. SSM NEWS
London 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM)
Everyone who submitted an abstract and/or applied for a free place should have heard by now whether or not they were successful. If your abstract was not accepted, please don’t be too downhearted: we had a record number of submissions and even after increasing the number of presentations there is room for fewer than half. So if you did have your abstract accepted, congratulations - and MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND!
Register at the Conference website Early Bird prices apply until 31st July 2012. Presenters should have registered already.
Places at the various pre-conference workshops (see attached pdf) can be booked whether or not participants will be attending the main ASM. Details of two are already available:
Details of the other two will be provided on the ASM website.
Studying pathways between social and biological factors: can modern methods in causal inference help?
Introduction to mixed treatment comparisons
For further information and prices, please go to: www.ssmconference.org.uk/preconf.html
Online registration for pre-conference meetings is now open.
Note: if you are only attending one of the pre-conference meetings and not the rest of the SSM Conference then there is a booking charge of £25.
Event for Early Career Researchers attending the ASM
Interested in carrying out a systematic review but daunted by the prospect? We hope we can help you get off to the right start. There will be a lunchtime session on the second day of the ASM How to get started with a systematic review: an introductory guide for early career researchers, presented by Hayley Denison and Richard Dodds (MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton), who will provide useful tips and signpost to resources, from defining a review question right through to writing up and submitting your findings.
B. OTHER CONFERENCES AND COURSES
Thursday, June 21 2012: Ecological Public Health: creating alternatives to (health) business-as-usual? 17.30 tea, 18.00-19.30 Symposium, 19.30-20.30 Reception
You are invited to this mini-symposium to debate the meaning and role of public health in modern society, held to coincide with the Rio+20 (UN Conference on Sustainable Development) where the world’s leaders and nations meet to discuss sustainable development.
Venue: Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre and foyer, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB (map: www.city.ac.uk/visit)
After a highly charged public debate about the future of healthcare (as the NHS Bill went through Parliament), now is the time to talk about the shape of public health itself. This mini-symposium will discuss whether ecological public health – which proposes that human and eco-systems health are co-dependent – needs to be the central policy framework. This event is being hosted by the City University London’s Centre for Food Policy and the Development and Alumni Office. It is an open event. There is no cost to attend but please reply and book (to help catering planning) via www.city.ac.uk/events/2012/june/ecological-public-health-creating-alternatives-to-health-business-as-usual
Call for Abstracts: Public Health Science – A National Conference Dedicated to New Research in Public Health. Deadline for abstract submission: July 6, 2012
This multidisciplinary event aims to showcase the exceptional talent and creativity in the UK public health research community, across all aspects of public health and inclusive of all methodological approaches, with a special focus on the intersection between public health science and policy. This will be an abstract-driven event and peer-reviewed abstracts will be published in a booklet and online in The Lancet.
Abstracts can be submitted under any of the following topics: creativity and innovation in public health science; methodological approaches to public health science; or intersection between public health science and policy. Further details are available at: www.rsm.ac.uk/academ/epd01.php.
City Health 2012 conference, Guildhall, City of London, 22nd-23rd October2012
This two day International Conference has a special focus on health behaviour - including diet, alcohol, sex, drugs and smoking, and mental and physical well being. It will examine current policy and practice in relation to public health in cities. The expected attendance will be around 400 from Cities around the World and in the UK. For more information, see www.cityhealth.org.uk .
Postgraduate cognitive ageing research methods distance learning programme
Please see the attached pdf for information about a one-year distance learning programme on cognitive ageing research methods for medical scientists, run by the University of Edinburgh. Deadline for applications: 31st July 2012
20th Intensive Course in Applied Epidemiology, University of Aberdeen, 4th-8th March 2013
£950 Early bird rate to include course, accommodation and meals. Bursaries available. Further details at: www.abdn.ac.uk/epidemiology
Concepts of Epidemiology: seventh crash course 10th-14th of December 2012,
This is the eighth 5-day crash course in Epidemiology for those who want to lay a sound foundation to their knowledge of epidemiology, particularly as it relates to public health practice, policy and research. It is most suitable for people in the health professions, such as nurses, doctors, health promoters, health policy makers and health researchers. Social sciences, statistics and health management colleagues may also find the course useful. Further details at: www.lifelong.ed.ac.uk/epidemiology/
Dr Jennifer Mindell
Society for Social Medicine Honorary secretary