Conferences, Events and Calls for Papers


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Reflecting on the Past to Protect the Future: Drew University Hosts a Conference on Medicine, Bioethics, and the Holocaust
Drew University, Madison, N.J. | April 16, 2015

Madison, N.J.—The legacy of the Holocaust and the implications for contemporary bioethics will be the topic of an all-day conference on April 16, 2015, at Drew University featuring keynote speaker Dr. Arthur L. Caplan, the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center.

The conference is open to the public.  Physicians can earn up to 8.5 Continuing Medical Education Credits, and Professional Development credits are also offered for K-12 educators. The cost of the conference is $36 for the general public, $18 for students and $112 for physicians (including the CME credits).  Holocaust survivors are invited to attend free of charge.  The cost for the 7 p.m. keynote speech alone is $10 for the public and $2 for students.

The conference is being presented by Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies’ Department of Medical Humanities, in conjunction with Drew’s Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study. Additional support is being provided by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Center for Medicine After the Holocaust, and Facing History and Ourselves.  Kosher food will be provided.

The conference will explore several complex issues related to bioethics and the Holocaust, including: the participation of the medical community in the labeling and persecution of those deemed “unfit” in Nazi Germany and the ramifications for current medical and human rights issues, Nazi medical experimentation, the ways in which eugenic ideals were used to enforce Racial Hygiene Theory, and the lasting legacy of the Holocaust for bioethics.  The event will also include a special viewing of materials relating to medical atrocities that took place during the Holocaust including English transcripts and photographs from the Nuremberg Trials.

Besides Dr. Caplan, additional speakers include a variety of medical, legal and ethical experts who will host plenary sessions and discussion panels. They include: Dr. Tessa Chelouche, a physician and author of the UNESCO Casebook on Bioethics and the Holocaust from Haifa, Israel; Dr. Michael Berenbaum, a professor of Jewish Studies; Dr. Patricia Heberer-Rice, a historian with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Dr. Allan Keller, founder of the Bellevue/NY Survivors of Torture, and Attorney and Professor of Mental Disability Law Michael Perlin.

For information, or to register, please visit:


Global Bioethics Institute Summer School
June 15 – July 18, 2015 | Manhattan, NYC
Application Deadlines: Non-U.S. Citizens: March 15th, 2015 (Early Application); April 15th, 2015 (Regular Deadline)
U.S. Citizens: March 15th, 2015 (Early Application); May 15, 2015 (Regular Deadline)

Global Bioethics Initiative invites students and professionals worldwide to attend its first International Bioethics Summer School in collaboration with the Bohemian Literary and Benevolent Association in Manhattan. Join us in NYC for this 5 week one-of-a-kind educational opportunity. Please visit the Summer School’s website for more information on applying, housing, and tuition.

19 – 22 August, 2015 | Bioethics Institute Ghent, Belgium.
Theme: Medicalisation
Registration form         Conference brochure

Call for abstracts
The programme of the conference will include plenary sessions as well as parallel sessions. Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference
should submit an abstract (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2015. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation.
The deadline for registrations is June 30th, 2015.

For more information, please visit the ESPMH website. Abstracts and registrations could be sent by email to Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland (


APHA HIV/AIDS Section Seeks Abstract Reviewers; Opens Call for Abstracts
Anyone interested in reviewing abstracts for the APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Oct. 31-Nov. 4th, please indicate your desire to be considered as an abstract reviewer by January 30th, 2015.You will need to enroll at on the APHA website.  The deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2015 APHA Annual Meeting is February 10, 2015, and submission information can also be found on the APHA website.

Call for Proposals: ASBH 2015 Annual Meeting
ASBH 17th Annual Meeting | October 22-25, 2015 | Houston, TX
Deadline: Friday, March 6, 2015
Program Theme: Ethics and Creative Expression

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) represents the intersection of bioethics and humanities. It is a crossroads where we celebrate multiple disciplines and practices and professions. It is a place characterized by creative expression of every dimension of the human experience, including both suffering and healing. This meeting offers an opportunity to explore this space in the spirit of collegiality and inclusion, and we welcome proposals on the theme of “ethics and creative expression” and others in every submission category.

The call for proposals is available on the ASBH website, where you can also submit your proposal. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASBH office at or 847-375-4745.

Call for Papers: 24th Annual International APPE Conference
The Association for Practical & Professional Ethics has extended the deadline for submitting abstracts for their 2015 conference in southern California. Submissions are invited from individuals in all disciplines and professions interested in advancing understanding, teaching and the practice of ethics.  Click here for details

Request for Information (RFI): FY 2016–2020 Strategic Plan for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health 
Response Date: January 30, 2015
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is revitalizing its Strategic Plan to provide a framework for the research it will support over the next five years. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek broad public input on the research priorities to be included in the plan. NIDA staff and leadership will review and consider all comments as the Institute renews its Strategic Plan. Please visit the website for the full RFI and more detailed information. 

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of Science Policy and Communications
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-443-6071

Society for Prevention Research, 23rd Annual Meeting Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy
Hyatt Regency Washington, Washington, DC |  May 26 – May 29, 2015
Preconference Workshops May 26, 2015

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) is dedicated to promoting global health and well-being, and the SPR annual meeting provides an opportunity for scientists, practitioners, advocates, administrators, and policy makers from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss strategies to achieve this goal.

This year’s conference theme, “Integrating Prevention Science and Public Policy,” offers the opportunity to consider the intersection of prevention science and policy in settings around the world. This theme emphasizes the value of a mutually supportive dialogue that addresses ways prevention science can effectively contribute to advancing evidence-based policy, and opportunities for policy issues to drive a pragmatic science agenda.  Both researchers and policymakers have long suggested that high-quality research could and should be used to inform and shape policies and practice. The policy context can also serve as an important driver of applied research to provide empirical answers and data-driven information to address policy questions. Over the last several years, there have been exciting developments in both public and private investments in identifying solutions that work and making them work for more people.  For example, initiatives such as the Social Innovation Fund seek “new ways to solve old problems that are faster, cost-effective, data-driven and lead to better results for the public good.”

Additionally, major shifts in health policy driven by the Affordable Care Act provide opportunities to conduct research to advance prevention in a changing health service context. The intent of this conference theme is to foster discussion regarding how and under what conditions research is used to inform policies and practices and how policy priorities shape what researchers study.  Discussions regarding the strength of evidence and “what works,” emerging science of studying how evidence can more effectively inform policy, cost-benefit considerations, and strategies for scaling programs to make deep and broad impact are central to this topic.  Importantly, this conference theme will encourage knowledge sharing about the science at all levels of integration of prevention science and public policy including cutting edge strategies and models for evidence-based policy and policy-informed science.

ICDS 2015, The Ninth International Conference on Digital Society
February 22 – 27, 2015 – Lisbon, Portugal

For more information, please visit their website.

Substance Abuse Journal
AMERSA’s Substance Abuse journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, high-impact print journal in its 4th decade of publication.  Substance Abuse offers wide-ranging coverage for healthcare professionals, addiction specialists and others engaged in research, education, clinical care, and service delivery and evaluation.  The journal welcomes original research, brief reports, case studies, commentaries, editorials, and letters to the editor and is accessible in all prominent indices. Complete author guidelines are available (, and manuscriptsubmission occurs electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts (  On average, first decisions on manuscripts are communicated within one month of submission, and accepted papers are published online (ahead of print) within 3 weeks of a decision. Please direct any questions to the Editor-in-Chief, Adam J. Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM (

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