Conferences, Events and Calls for Papers


Journal of Human Development and Capabilities
Call for Papers: Deadline November 30, 2014

The Journal of Human Development and Capabilities (JHDC) is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue on Health and Disability. This call for papers aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding health, disability and human development, as well as the linkages among them and a range of policies, institutions, and social structures that influence such links and their dynamics.

Submissions related to this topic are welcome. In particular, though not exclusively, we welcome submissions in the following themes: i) Social justice and resource allocation; ii) Health system financing and access; iii) Public health and health policy; iv) Disability, poverty and human development; v) Social determinants of health and disability; vi) Disability definition and measurement; vii) HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral therapies; viii) Health care services and provision, and; ix) Maternal, child and reproductive health.

Full papers in English, in .doc or .docx formats should be submitted by November 30th, 2014. Strict compliance with this deadline is required. Papers submitted will be evaluated through a standard peer review process. Authors of the selected papers will be notified by e-mail. Submission of a paper implies that the author has the intention of publishing the paper in the JHDC, and it is not currently under evaluation at another journal.

Submission procedure
Please submit papers online at: According to the JHDC’s guidelines for preparing manuscripts, please send the paper identified as “Main Document”, with all information identifying the authors removed to allow it to be refereed anonymously. The main document should include the following:

· The title of the paper.
· An abstract of approximately 150–200 words.
· Up to five key words.
· Numbered pages in sequence.
· All necessary material (e.g. figures and tables and their captions; appendices).

In addition to the main manuscript, a separate file should also be sent, identified as “Title Page”, and must include all of the following information:

· The title of the paper
· The names of the authors
· The full postal and email addresses of all the authors
· Affiliation details for each author (job title, institution, city, country)
· A brief biographical note for each author (around 100 words)
· One author should be indicated as “Corresponding author”. He/she will be notified of the selection outcome after submission of the manuscript to an anonymous peer review process, and if the paper is selected.

Complete instructions for authors can be found at the publisher’s website.

For inquiries, please contact Sophie Mitra ( or Jennifer Prah Ruger (

Office of Human Research Protections’ Research Community Forum
July 31, 2014 | Seattle, Washington

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the Office for Human Research Protections’ Research Community Forum (RCF), co-hosted by the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) on July 31, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

The RCF will be a one-day event focused on ethical issues for protecting human subjects in research, with an emphasis on innovations on the research horizon, including ways to manage the IRB world under increasing pressure.

The conference will be held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

For Registration and more information, please visit their website.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Public Listening Session
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced this week that they will hold a public listening session on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, to solicit information concerning the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records Regulations, 42 CFR Part 2. The scheduled listening session provides an opportunity for SAMHSA to seek public input on potential changes to the regulations including changes to the research provision.

The federal alcohol and drug confidentiality law was enacted in the 1970s to encourage individuals with substance use disorders to seek treatment. There continues to be a need for confidentiality protections that encourage patients to seek treatment without fear of compromising their privacy. However, Over the last 25 years, significant changes have occurred within the U. S. health care system that were not envisioned by these regulations, including new models of integrated care, the development of an electronic infrastructure for managing and exchanging patient data, and a new focus on performance measurement within the health care system.

SAMHSA is considering expanding the authority for releasing data to qualified researchers and research organizations and is asking listening session participants to consider the following questions:

*        Are there factors that should be considered related to how current health care entities are organized, how they function or how legal duties and responsibilities attach to entities that make up an umbrella organization?

*        Would this change address concerns related to research?

*        Are there specific privacy concerns associated with expanding the authority or releasing data to qualified researchers/ research organizations in this way?

*        Are there additional use cases that should be considered in the research context?

Members of the public are invited to attend or view the proceedings, with space available on a first-come, first-served basis (based on registration). Written comments may also be submitted.

For additional details please see their website.
To register:
For further information:

Applying Regulatory Issues and APA Ethics Standards to Prevention Research with Vulnerable Populations
APA Continuing Education Workshop
Saturday, August 8, 2014 | 1:00-4:50 p.m. | Washington, D.C.

Leaders: Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., Fordham University
Richard A. Jenkins, Ph.D., National Institute on Drug Abuse

Workshop description:
Using case examples, video, and discussion, this intermediate workshop will enable psychologists to better integrate research with APA Ethics Code standards and regulatory and IRB requirements for prevention science among marginalized populations engaged in health-compromising behaviors. Specific areas will included: (a) effects of issues such as age, culture, and capacity on informed consent; (b) effects of policies such as mandated reporting on confidentiality, especially with sensitive topics (e.g. drug use, sexuality); and (c) development of appropriate data safety monitoring plans.

Fees:          Advance (4/15-6/30)       Regular (7/1-8/5)      On-Site (8/6-8/10)
Member:         $130                               $160                          $190
Nonmember:  $160                               $200                           $240

Enrollment is now open. Visit the APA website or call the CEP Office at 800.374.2721, ext. 5991.

“Building Connections: Bridging Interdisciplinary Leadership in Substance Use Education, Research, Care and Policy”
The 38th AMERSA Annual National Conference will be held
November 6-8, 2014, at the JW Marriott, Union Square, San Francisco, CA

The Call for Abstracts and Workshops is now open and available at

Other Important Dates
May 15th, 2014 – Applications for conference Travel Awards are due. Please go to  for on-line submission
May 31st, 2014Submissions for Abstracts and Workshops are due.

Conference Travel Awards

AMERSA is pleased, once again, to offer full or partial awards* for up to 15 new attendees (you do not need to be an AMERSA member to apply) to attend the 2014 AMERSA National Conference in San Francisco, CA. Deadline for submission is May 15th, 2014.  Applications are being accepted for both first and second time attendees!


AMERSA has opportunities for health professionals to learn about alcohol, tobacco and other drug issues. AMERSA has applied for NIDA fund­ing* to underwrite a limited amount of travel/lodging for health professionals to participate in our annual conference.


Applicants must be:

a)       Health professional educators or researchers, or researchers in training (e.g., doctoral students, research fellows)

b)       Conducting substance use-related  education, training and/or research


Preference will be given to:

(a)    Health professional educators who are women, Latinos, African American, or from other racial/ethnic minority groups
(b)    Members of health professions that AMERSA is targeting for increased participation (for example, but not limited to: nursing, social work, psychology, dentistry, allied health professions)
(c)    Educators/Clinicians:  Individuals with the ability to incorporate knowledge and skills from the national meeting into their teaching and/or clinical practice
(d)    Researchers:  Individuals with the ability to incorporate knowledge and skills from the national meeting into the content and dissemination of their program of research
(e)    Individuals who submit an abstract, poster or workshop presentation- (Travel award recipients who apply for a second year of funding WILL be expected to submit proposals)
(f)     Individuals involved in research focused on underserved populations, particularly Latinos, African Americans, or women, or whose audiences work with these populations
For more information, and to apply on-line, please visit
(*based on annual approved NIDA funding)

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 (

Call for Submissions: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Special Issue on Substance and Drug Abuse Prevention
A Special Issue on Substance and Drug Abuse Prevention will be published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication. The Guest Editors for the Special Issue are Prof. Dr. Jorge Delva and Dr. Shijian Li. The deadline for manuscript submissions is August 31, 2014.

This Special Issue will be fully open access. We encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short abstract to the Editorial Office ( for approval. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at:

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Please visit the Instructions for Authors before submitting a manuscript:

The Article Processing Charges (APC) are 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs) per accepted paper. For details, please see:


Call for Papers: IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, Technology
May 2014 | Chicago, IL
IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, Technology (IEEE Ethics 2014) has issued a call for papers for its conference in May, 2014 in Chicago.  The theme is “Ethics AND…” and seeks ethics perspectives from a variety of disciplines.  Click here for submission information

Society for Prevention Research (SPR) 22nd Annual Meeting
May 27–30, 2014 | Washington, D.C.
The International Program and Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research (DESPR) of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will host the 7th Annual NIDA International SPR Poster Session at the SPR 22nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, May 27–30, 2014. The poster session will take place in conjunction with the SPR opening reception following the preconference workshops on May 27, 2014. Posters will highlight drug abuse prevention research, including research on drug-related HIV/AIDS prevention for non-drug using or drug-using populations. We seek variation in study designs and a range of data types are acceptable (e.g., program data, surveillance data, as well as findings from trials and other empirical studies). Abstracts should include completed analyses and “findings to be presented” abstracts will not be considered.   Eligible research must have been conducted in international settings by international researchers, domestic researchers, or binational teams. Poster abstract submissions for the NIDA International SPR Poster Session will undergo the same peer review process as other submissions for SPR. If you have questions about your eligibility to submit a poster abstract for the NIDA International SPR Poster Session, please contact Eve Reider, Ph.D., Prevention Research Branch, NIDA, at, or Dale Weiss, NIDA International Program, at

20th International AIDS Conference
July 20-25, 2014 | Melbourne, Australia

All registrations (regular delegate, student/post-doc, youth delegate, accompanying adult and child, media representative) as well as accommodation bookings must be submitted using the online registration, accommodation forms. In order to access the online forms, you need to create a conference profile, which will become your online gateway to all conference-related submissions. If you already have a conference profile from previous IAS or AIDS conferences you can use the same login details. Remember to register by February 20, 2014 to benefit from discounted rates.

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