Section Newsletter
Winter 2005

Message from the Chair

Serving as the Chair of the Epidemiology Section, I feel an immense responsibility to work with you to advocate our profession’s role as ‘the foundation science of public health’. APHA offers epidemiologists the opportunity to work across different Sections and Special Interest Groups to do just that and this feature is a hallmark characteristic of how the 3,500-member Section differs from many other epidemiology organizations. The 2004 annual meeting in Washington, D.C. was such an example of interdisciplinary work, and one of the greatest joys was encouraging and witnessing the very strong support and participating of students in the organization. The Student Caucus is now the Student Assembly and is growing in membership, visibility, and overall 'value added' to the organization. The Epidemiology Section, thanks to the work and foresight of Robin Taylor Wilson, developed a new relationship with the Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) program—-a program encouraging high school students to complete high quality epidemiology projects--administered by the College Board and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Chair-Elect Stan Weiss was extremely successful obtaining a 'goodie bag' of treasures, from software to textbooks, from vendors for the YES scholars and the Epidemiology Section graduate student paper award winners. In addition to this recognition of success among students, career progression will be the focus of a Leadership Retreat for Section Leaders and aspiring future leaders, which is currently being planned for 2006. The committee chair for this project is none other than Resa M. Jones, who served when she was an epidemiology doctoral student at the University of Minnesota, as the Chair of the Student Caucus and, as such, an ex-officio member of the APHA Board. Another example of student leaders moving into section leadership positions after they graduate is Linda Hazlett, who served as the Epidemiology Section liaison to the Student Caucus and is now the Program Chair in Training for the Section. She will be working with Louise-Anne McNutt, Chair of the Program Committee, on the 2005 APHA Annual Meeting planning for the Epidemiology Section. Please submit your work for presentation and come join us in New Orleans in November.

The Epidemiology Section met for multiple business meetings during the Annual Meeting and added to that menu a professional education session on translating epidemiologic science into public policy. The front-line advice from a former public health lobbyist and a health legislative aide working for a senator was greatly appreciated and useful during the APHA Walk on the Hill. Coming from a state that lost a senior senator and leader in the Senate (Tom Daschle of South Dakota) and facing a dismal public health budget forecast in November, I wondered what the value of Congressional visits might be. However, gaining skills, comfort in communication, and a relationship of information sharing with our elected officials is one facet of educating the public about public health and building a strong and more evidence-based system incrementally, day by day.

Reflecting on the intervening tsunami and crisis in Asia and East Africa, this former Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer has had to battle the strong desire to pack a suitcase and buy an airline ticket and go on leave for an indefinite period of time to help with relief and rebuilding efforts. The passport burns in my pocket. Yet I know that APHA members are there and that the strength and interdisciplinary nature of the organization can help them. The Epidemiology Section has a solid working relationship with International Health and the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section. APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin has advocated for funding and evidence-based programs to guide the relief efforts. As part of the APHA community, we do make a difference.

Please do not hesitate to contact me about how we can improve the Epidemiology Section and serve our members and our profession better.

Sarah L. Patrick, MPH, PhD
Chair, Epidemiology Section
Professor/Director, Center for Rural Health Improvement University of South Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
(605) 357-1530

Young Epidemiology Scholars Competition: Student Winners

YES Scholars and Robin Taylor Wilson
The future health of the American population depends in large part upon the knowledge and ability of our upcoming health leaders, practitioners and researchers. The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition presents students with an introduction to a broad array of learning opportunities, enables them to participate in enriching classroom experiences, affords the opportunity to develop relationships that foster intellectual and personal growth, and exposes them to knowledge surrounding public health and responsibility.

Supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the College Board, YES features a student scholarship competition for promising juniors and seniors who aspire to make a difference. This competition, with up to $500,000 available, is one of the most generous scholarship awards in the nation. Students will learn fundamental skills from this enriching experience. They will learn how to frame the right questions, collect data and analyze findings--valuable information in any discipline or career they might choose! The regional finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital to present their findings.

While the YES Competition presents students with an introduction to a broad array of learning opportunities, enables them to participate in enriching classroom experiences, affords the opportunity to develop relationships that foster intellectual and personal growth, and exposes them to knowledge surrounding public health and responsibility, the program has developed over 20 teaching units that bring a new level of significance to the classroom, using epidemiology as a window into the larger world. Developed and classroom-tested by high school teachers and epidemiologists, the interdisciplinary modules for use by high school teachers are available free to download from <http://www.collegeboard.com/yes>. As one of our pilot teachers remarked, "This module forces students to think outside the box using their routinely reinforced basics of the scientific method. Not only were they able to interpret data, but it had relevance to their lives."

The students who won the first-ever Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition for students proved that health problems are a significant concern to high school students across the nation. Winning project topics ranged from the development of a computerized model to evaluate the effects of smallpox vaccinations to uncovering the reasons behind the prevalence of indoor tanning among suburban teenagers.

"I decided to study smallpox, a potentially devastating terrorist weapon in the context of a dynamic and complex social world." Benjamin Eidelson, Akiba Hebrew Academy Merion, Station, PA, $50,000 scholarship winner.

In his first-place YES project, Benjamin developed a mathematical model to evaluate the effects of different smallpox vaccination strategies based on data from previous outbreaks of smallpox. He found that mass vaccination before an outbreak typically resulted in significantly fewer infections than vaccinations after the outbreak, but that the two strategies were equal in their ability to eliminate the virus from the population within five months. A National Merit Scholar, Benjamin was a member of the Akiba Hebrew Academy debate team and a volunteer tutor for children at St. Barnabas Homeless Shelter. His long-term interest in computer science led to his involvement with a University of Pennsylvania research group using computer models to study social science and geopolitical issues. He also did research at MCP-Hahnemann University on the development of computer games for use in surgical education curricula. He will pursue undergraduate study in political science and philosophy at Yale University.

"Seeing the hallways filled with students, many of whom are friends, who looked remarkably tan in the middle of winter made me think … I want to tell students that they can't forget the long-term ramifications of their actions for something as superficial as a good-looking tan." Robert Levine, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL, $50,000 scholarship winner.

Concern for the health of his friends and classmates motivated this avid student athlete and outdoorsman in the design of his YES project. A National Honor Society student, Robert complements his studies with active participation in organizations such as the Interact Club, Future Problem Solvers and his synagogue youth group. His passion for outdoor activities is evident in hobbies that include soccer, rock climbing, road cycling, running and varsity athletic competition on the track and field team. An environmental activist in his school, Robert is president of the Students Against Violations of the Environment (SAVE). In his YES project, he surveyed a large Midwestern high school, known for its academic excellence, to quantify indoor tanning behaviors and sunscreen use. Reasons for tanning as well as other influences were examined. This is important in light of the increasing popularity of tanning salons and the known association between exposure to ultraviolet radiation and the increased risk of skin cancer. Planning to major in biology or environmental studies, Robert will attend Middlebury College.

"The ultimate opportunity that exists to improve the quality of life for individuals alive today, as well as prevention of the spread of infections in the future, is inspiring." Bevin Cohen, Oceanside High School, Oceanside, NY, $20,000 scholarship winner.

Inspired by the opportunity to improve the quality of life and to prevent the future spread of infection, Bevin developed her project to build upon previous research by her mentor. She conducted a study that compared hand hygiene practices in two neonatal intensive care units and suggested ways to decrease exposure to infection among infants in those units. Bevin's experience in science competitions includes participation in the Long Island Science Congress, INTEL Science Talent Search, Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium and the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. She writes for her school newspaper and is active in a variety of organizations including 4H, Model United Nations and Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys cooking, organizing dinner parties, fine arts and crafting. A vocalist as well as an instrumental musician, Bevin plays guitar and piano. She plans to continue her studies at the University of Vermont.

"I wondered how a disease would actually spread in a confined space like a cruise ship, and began to theorize with my mentor about how the disease would be passed in waves to the rest of the people on the ship. This discussion led me to questions pertaining to the spread of disease in other closed-system populations and the processes of epidemiology." Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Brewster High School, Brewster, NY, $20,000 scholarship winner.

Anna enjoys the challenge of developing viable solutions using the research process of hypothesis testing and data collection. She developed a computer simulation to model the spread of infectious disease and showed that the rate at which an epidemic will spread and "burn out" increases as the greater number of social connections that exist in a community increase. Encouraged by a teacher to enter the YES competition, Anna is no stranger to research competitions. She reached the regional finals in the 2003 Siemens Westinghouse competition, was a semifinalist in the 2004 Intel Science Talent Search, was a Finalist in the 2004 Intel ISEF and was named overall winner at the 2004 Science Horizons and Connecticut State Fairs. Her research is currently being used in support of legislation to contain the spread of invasive aquatic species in Maine lakes. A member of the National and Science Honor Societies, Anna is a peer tutor. She is the editor-in-chief of the high school literary magazine and enjoys composing music for the violin. Anna will pursue studies in biomedical engineering and writing at Stanford University.

I think that the field of epidemiology is going to be greatly needed in the future. With the outbreaks of diseases worldwide and the looming threat of bioterrorism, sound public health methods and research will save many lives Yuguan "Bailey" Shen, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, IL, $15,000 scholarship winner.

Bailey's first attraction to public health occurred at the age of 10 when he became fascinated by the "sleek" U.S. Public Health Service uniform worn by a Centers for Disease Control Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. In his YES project, he studied the mortality rate during the heat wave of 1995 in Chicago. He demonstrated that there was a decrease in the expected mortality rate in the following year because the most vulnerable people had succumbed to the effects of the heat wave. He described how this phenomenon could help target public health efforts to prevent premature deaths. Bailey has done community service work in the Illinois Department of Public Health lab and was mentored there by Dr. Greg Huhn. At school, Bailey is a member of the IMSA Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta and the Varsity tennis team. His hobbies include mountain biking and composing music for the piano and harmonica. With anticipated high school graduation in 2005, Bailey is interested in university-level study in either law or medicine

Editorial note: The Epidemiology Section supports opportunities for students of all levels to learn epidemiologic methods, research ethics, and to participate in high quality research experiences.

Section Unveils Epidemiology Display

Epidemiology Section Booth 
The 132nd APHA Annual Meeting marked the 75th year of the Epidemiology Section’s existence. To help mark this milestone, the Section unveiled its new promotional booth display, “Epidemiologists Count!” The display is potentially available for Section members’ use at public health conferences and seminars.

For more information, contact the Section Chair Sarah L. Patrick via e-mail at <spatrick@usd.edu>.

National Public Health Week: Empowering Americans to Live Stronger, Longer!

The national observance of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2005 will be April 4-8. NPHW 2005 will focus on healthy aging and will be dedicated to empowering Americans to live stronger, longer. Last year’s NPHW was the most successful in NPHW history with overwhelming grassroots participation around the country. NPHW 2004 was recognized in 50 states and had more than 230 partners and 13 sponsors. In 2004 APHA launched the Community Solutions to Health Disparities Database that receives at least 800 visits per month. Our expectations for NPHW 2005 are even greater. Again, APHA hopes you will partner with us in observing a very important public health issue.

1. Encouraging Americans to Live Stronger, Longer by Practicing the 3 Ps

The theme for NPHW will focus on empowering aging Americans to live healthier lives. Today, public health advancements and new treatments options are enabling Americans to live longer. The average life expectancy in the United States is now 74 years for men and 78 years for women.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) believes that many individuals and their families, as well as communities and policymakers, are missing opportunities to take the preventive actions necessary to keep aging Americans strong and healthy throughout their later years. As a result, older Americans often endure chronic physical and mental illnesses that could be avoided or diminished if they were more proactively addressed. NPHW 2005 will be dedicated to empowering Americans to live stronger, longer. During the week, APHA and its partners will promote the three Ps for adding more healthy years to life: Preventing health problems by practicing healthy living, Protecting your health through early detection and screening, and developing a Plan to manage your health that will promote a high quality of life in later years.

APHA aims to use NPHW 2005 to improve access to quality health care for all seniors and expand opportunities for aging Americans to live healthier lives by:
  • Encouraging Americans over age 65 to get a health risk assessment and create a health management plan based on the three Ps;

  • Encouraging family members of those over age 65 to assist their older relatives in practicing the three Ps; and

  • Educating policy-makers about the 3Ps to living healthier longer along with simple policy changes that can make it easier for Americans to adopt these changes.

APHA and its partners will meet these goals by using NPHW 2005 to highlight the three Ps of healthy living and encouraging Americans to get a health risk assessment and create an action plan for dealing with potential health risks.

APHA will provide its partners with several tools and products to deliver this message during the week. Tools will include a health risk assessment with a planning component, fact sheets and event planning checklists. Materials for your planning efforts will be available the first week in February.

2. NPHW logos and posters are now available online

You can now download the NPHW logo and posters at http://www.apha.org/nphw/toolkit/05-toolkit.cfm.

Become a Sponsor

Each year APHA serves as the organizer of National Public Health Week. APHA develops a national campaign around the theme selected for that week and creates and distributes a number of outreach tools. Organizing a campaign of this magnitude requires resources. We still need your help! Our National outreach efforts will be determined by the amount of funding that we receive. The number of people that we can reach with this message is endless with the proper funding. If you are interested in funding the week, please contact Lakitia Mayo, Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Affiliate Affairs by e-mail at lakitia.mayo@apha.org or telephone at (202) 777-2515.

4. Become a Partner

Join us in observing NPHW as a national or local partner. There is no cost to being a partner, because we know the success of NPHW will depend on the energy of our national and local partnerships. The role of a national partner is to deliver the message of NPHW through their networks throughout their organization and media outlets in the reference of their organization as a national partner in the week. Local partners will plan and implement activities to elevate the issue of healthy aging in their communities. APHA will provide partners with outreach materials to accomplish this goal. All partners are asked to link their organization’s Web site to the NPHW Web site. Each partner will be recognized on the partner page of the Web site.In order to become a partner, please complete the partnership form at http://www.apha.org/nphw/sponsors/05-partner_form.cfm.

5. Sign our Guestbook to Receive NPHW Updates

If you have not already, sign the NPHW Guestbook to receive periodic updates and organizing tips for National Public Health Week 2005 at http://www.apha.org/nphw/guestbook/.

6. Post your NPHW Event on the NPHW Calendar

Please post you local National Public Health Week Events on the interactive NPHW calendar. You can electronically submit your events. Your event will be posted in your state on a virtual map of the United States. This list of events is used by the public and the media to find out what NPHW events are taking place in their communities.

7. APHA Partners with the Administration on Aging to Promote their National You Can! Campaign

You Can! - Steps to Healthier Aging is organized by the Administration on Aging as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Steps to a HealthierUS initiative. This campaign encourages Americans of every age to make healthier choices. The You Can! campaign is designed to increase the number of older adults who are active and healthy by using a partnership approach to mobilize communities. During NPHW, APHA would like for NPHW partners to provide the campaign as a resource to encourage Americans to live healthier lives. You can sign up to become a partner of this national campaign at http://www.aoa.gov/youcan/youcan.asp.

Association Policy Development and Review

The policy development and review process is an important part of the APHA mission to improve public health for everyone. APHA is an effective advocacy organization and scientific resource on policy-related public health issues. Policy statements function as the basis for APHA positions and actions. Each year at the APHA Annual Meeting, the Governing Council of APHA adopts public policy statements (resolutions or position papers). All APHA constituent groups – Sections, Affiliates, Caucuses, and SPIGs – as well as individual members - are invited to work on developing new APHA policy and improving existing APHA policy.

Two key dates for the 2005 public policy development process are:

Jan. 10 – suggestions for policy areas in need of review for revision or updating.
Feb. 14 – proposals for new policies.

To learn more about the policy development process please visit the APHA Web site for guidelines for the 2005 policy process at <http://www.apha.org/private/ppolicy.htm#overview>. This Web site provides an overview of the process, the complete policy development and review schedule calendar, and policy development guidelines.

To find existing policy statements, all policy statements beginning in 1948 to the present are available in a searchable database at <http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/>. An index of policy statements listed by topic is available at <http://www.apha.org/legislative/policy/Full_Index_thru_2003.pdf>.

The Epidemiology Section membership is strongly encouraged to participate in the policy development process. If you are interested in proposing a new policy or revising or updating an existing policy, please contact Christine Arcari by e-mail at <carcari@wisc.edu>.

Call for Nominations: New APHA Epidemiology Section Public Health Practice Award!

In recognition of the importance of state, local and community-based public health action, the Epidemiology Section has developed a new award for 2005.

The Public Health Practice Award is designed as an early career award for an individual or organization, recognizing the use of epidemiologic methods in an innovative and creative public health program or project.

An individual investigator must be within 10 years of their terminal degree. An organization must have been in existence no longer than ten years. Examples of projects that may merit such an award include the improvement of disease surveillance, creative pre- and post-intervention assessments, innovative ways of improving study participation, and/or communication of epidemiologic measures to the participating community. Projects may also be national in scope, but all projects must demonstrate measurable relevance to improving public health. Awardees will receive a nominal monetary award and plaque.

For more information and to make nominations, contact Robin Taylor Wilson by e-mail at <rwilson@psu.edu> or by telephone at (717) 531-7178). Nominees must not necessarily have a degree in epidemiology, although the application of epidemiologic methods must be clear. Nominations should include a brief description of the project and the role of the investigator or project group being nominated, in addition to Web sites or other supporting documentation of the project or individual’s work being nominated. If you choose to make a nomination, please include your contact information so that the Awards Committee may contact you if further details are necessary. Nominations are due by Feb. 30, 2005.

We are looking forward to many nominations of excellence.

Call for Nominations: Do You Know An Inspiring Epidemiologist?

The APHA Epidemiology Section is soliciting nominations for its Section awards. These awards honor epidemiologists making significant contributions to the methods, application, and teaching of epidemiology, as described in detail below -- the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship, the John Snow Award (which is officially sanctioned by the John Snow Society) and the Lilienfeld Award. In addition, the Section will again be offering Student Travel Awards to facilitate student attendance at the APHA Annual Meeting.

The Epidemiology Section of APHA invites nominations for the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship, John Snow Award and Lilienfeld Award. Awards will be given at the 2005 APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans. The awards are also described at <http://www.human.cornell.edu/pam/apha/epiaward.htm>, where past award recipients are also listed. (Please check all three lists to see if your potential nominee has received any past Epidemiology Section awards; it is permissible over time to win more than one award. Please alert us to any past awards received, including any from our Section).

A formal letter of nomination, accompanied by a brief resume/curriculum vitae, should describe:
--How the nominee meets the selection criteria, and
--Sufficient specific information for the Awards Committee to assess the nominee's contributions or achievements.

Please submit these electronically to the Awards Committee chair: Stanley H. Weiss, MD, <weiss@umdnj.edu>, and feel free to contact him for additional details. Award winners are generally expected to attend the Section Award meeting, typically held late in the afternoon on the Monday of the Annual Meeting. They are also honored at the Section Reception that immediately follows, and this Reception is open to all meeting attendees. The Section Leadership completes the series of awards events with a dinner in honor of the awardees.

The Wade Hampton Frost Lecturship

This award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to addressing a public health issue of major importance by applying epidemiologic methods.

Criteria: Intellectual innovation in epidemiology or in the application of epidemiology to public health problems; substantial use of epidemiology to address important public health problems' impact through scientific publications or other means; recognized influence in the recipient's field; leadership in public health as indicated by leadership roles in professional organizations, government agencies, academic institutions or in the private sector; engaging and substantive speaker, able to speak on topics of interest to epidemiologists and other public health scientists.

Annotations: A nominee need not be an epidemiologist, but his/her contributions should reflect the application of epidemiologic concepts and methods or close collaboration in epidemiologic research. Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current offices of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award. Nominees should be excellent speakers.

The John Snow Award

This award recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research.

Criteria: Contributions of enduring value to the improvement of human health or substantial reduction in burden of disease; responsible for innovations in public health practice based on clear epidemiologic foundations or implementation of epidemiologic approaches to solution of health problems; contributions which are practical, explicit, and applied, rather than theoretical or implicit.

Annotations: Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current officers of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award.

The Abram Lilienfeld Award

This award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career.

Excellence in teaching as exhibited in effective classroom lectures, professional seminars or workshops, publications of substantial pedagogical or methodological importance for students and professional epidemiologists or students who have made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health; Evidence of incorporating both historic and innovative epidemiologic concepts and methods in teaching; evidence of ability to communicate difficult of complex ideas in clear, understandable language or using innovative methods; evidence of influence on students or young professionals as teacher or mentor.

Annotations: Preference is given to nominees who teach in the classroom, are engaging lecturers, write clearly and whose students have made worthwhile contributions to the improvement of public health. Nominees are not required to be members of the Epidemiology Section, APHA or citizens of the United States. Current officers of the APHA Epidemiology Section and members of the Awards Committee are not eligible for this award.

Student Prizes - Whom Do You Recommend?

The Epidemiology Section awards up to six $500 student Travel Prize awards to assist student presenters with their costs to attend the Annual Meeting, as well as Honorable Mention awards. They are based upon abstracts submitted for the Annual Meeting. The review process for these awards is as follows:

  • The abstract must be marked on the APHA abstract form as being submitted by a student in order to be considered. (If the student presentation is part of an Invited Special Session for which the Epidemiology Section is the primary sponsor, contact the Awards Chair and Program Chair directly.

  • Only abstracts submitted to the Epidemiology Section are eligible. (Each Section reviews its own abstracts. Abstracts submitted to other Sections are not eligible.)

  • Work that has been previously published, or which is the subject of other abstracts (even if presented or submitted by another author), is NOT eligible, and will lead to disqualification or annulment of the award. If there is overlap or potential overlap, the first author should notify both Dr. Weiss and the Section Program Chair of the potential overlap in advance, with a copy of the other related material.

  • Abstracts submitted from students who are first authors for oral or poster presentation will be reviewed by the Awards Committee.

  • The first author of the top tier of abstracts will be contacted by Sept. 1, 2005 by the Student Awards Committee Chair to let him/her know that the abstract is in the selection pool for an Epidemiology Section Student Award.

  • First authors will be required to electronically submit their full presentation (using PowerPoint slides) by Oct. 1, 2005 for review by the Awards Committee in order to remain in competition for the student awards.

  • Based on the quality of presentations received, up to six Travel Awards of $500 each will be announced at the Epidemiology Section Awards Ceremony.

  • Meritorious presentations that are not awarded travel awards may still win a $50 [price of student APHA/Epidemiology Section membership] honorable mention prize to offset their membership in the APHA Epidemiology Section for 2006.

Additional prizes (e.g., software or books) may also be newly awarded in 2005. (Several vendors have verbally agreed to make donations to the Section for this purpose.)

Opportunities: 2006 Congress of Epidemiology

The 2006 Congress of Epidemiology will be held June 21-24, 2006 at the Westin Hotel, in Seattle, Washington, USA. The Congress is sponsored, co-sponsored and supported by 18 societies that have epidemiology as their primary focus. The APHA Epidemiology Section is a
sponsor of the Congress. As chair of the 2006 Congress program committee, I would like to extend to Epidemiology Section members an invitation to help with the Congress. Thus, we will need help in abstract review.

If you would like to help by reviewing abstracts or participating in other aspects of planning (committees listed below) please contact me, Betsy Foxman, by e-mail at <bfoxman@umich.edu>. Details of the Congress are also listed on the Congress Web site, <http://www.epicongress2006.org/>.

A few dates of note: Oct. 15, 2005: Proposals for invited paper sessions with a theme (symposium) will be due. These sessions are 90 minutes in length. Proposals should include:

  • Title,

  • Tentative list of speakers,
  • and
  • Brief description of the session.

Those who propose an accepted symposium will be asked to prepare an abstract for inclusion in the program. Proposals from students are encouraged.

Feb. 3, 2006: Meeting abstracts will be due via electronic submission.

Congress Committees seeking energetic members:

  • Publicity

  • Fund raising

  • Awards

  • Posters

  • Abstract Review

  • Symposia Review

  • Host Liaison

  • Students

  • Breakfast Round Tables

  • Late Breakers

I look forward to an exciting joint meeting of the participating societies and hope that some of
you will help in the many tasks required to make it a reality.

Betsy Foxman, Program Chair
2006 Congress of Epidemiology