CFS: Health Care, Vulnerable Populations

Call for Submissions for a special issue of Contemporary Nurse on the topic of: Advances in Contemporary Health Care for Vulnerable Populations

Deadline for Papers: 15th December 2011

Contemporary Nurse: Advances in Contemporary Health Care for Vulnerable Populations is edited by: Debra Jackson – University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (UTS)  ; Adey Nyamathi – University of California at Los Angeles, USA (UCLA); Mark Hayter – University of Sheffield, UK; Bernie Carter – University of Central Lancashire, UK (UCLAN)

Nurses and other health care professionals are at the front-line when caring for individuals and groups who are, through marginalization, stigmatization or social deprivation, particularly vulnerable to an array of health problems. This issue is focused on how care and services for the most vulnerable in our societies and cultures can be designed, delivered or understood. Papers should contribute to nursing knowledge and an increased understanding of the needs of vulnerable people from disparate settings and circumstances across the lifespan. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Social disparities and health status of vulnerable populations*
  • The nature of risk and vulnerability in relation to vulnerable populations
  • Predictors of frailty among vulnerable populations
  • Health care-related experiences of vulnerable individuals, groups and communities
  • Health equity and accessibility of services for vulnerable populations
  • Facilitators and barriers to accessing primary health care for vulnerable populations
  • Health seeking and protective behaviours for vulnerable individuals, groups and communities
  • Workforce issues to meet the needs of vulnerable populations
  • Conceptual understandings of vulnerability
  • Evidence-based interventions for improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations
  • Culturally-sensitive innovations in service delivery for vulnerable populations
  • Development of health professional roles to better serve vulnerable populations

* Vulnerable populations are defined as social groups who experience differential patterns of morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy as a result of fewer resources and increased exposure to risk (Flaskerud & Winslow, 1998).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: December 15th, 2011.

Submission information at:


CFP: Integrative Medicine After the Age of 40

Integrative Medicine After the Age of 40: The International Conference on Integrative Medicine, May 13-15, 2012, Jerusalem

The 2nd International Conference on Integrative Medicine will be held on May 13-15, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel. The conference will bring together physicians, nurses and therapists from all over the world to discuss the changes and influence of the Integrative Medicine. The conference will be held in English, French and German with simultaneous translation. For details visit:

Main Topics:

  • Motor System, Movement and Posture study, Muscular Skeletal Pain, Myofascial Pain
  • Nutrition, Food Supplements, Digestive System, Metabolic Diseases
  • Wellness and Aging, Preventive Medicine
  • Neurological Disorders, Cognitive Disorder, Memory Disturbance
  • Depression, Stress, Sleep Disturbances, Insomnia – Non Organic Origin
  • The Oncologic Patient
  • Chronic Headache
  • Menopause
  • Cardiac Aspects, Hemodynamic System
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Mind and Body Medicine

The conference scientific committee encourages the submission of original Abstracts for either oral or poster presentations. All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific committee. Abstract submission deadline abstracts may be submitted until Saturday, December 10th 2011. Details on submitting an abstract:

CSE International Scholarship Program

The Council of Science Editors’ International Scholarship Program has been developed to support editors from developing nations. A number of scholarships are being offered to CSE’s 2012 Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, USA. This year’s meeting focus is “Our Authors, Ourselves: Science Editing and Publishing in a Global Market.” Each funded scholar will receive free registration to the conference (including hotel stay and all meals) and partial reimbursement for travel expenses.

The scholarships are intended for candidates who live in countries on the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) eligibility list: (Band 1 [free access] or Band 2 [low-cost access]). Applicants who live in other countries are disqualified.

Decisions will be based on review of two short (150-word) essays, in which applicants should discuss 1) why they are interested in attending the conference, 2) how they plan to apply the information they learn during the meeting. Applicants who address all points will be scored higher than those who do not. Clarity of expression and perceived enthusiasm will reflect positively on the candidate. Applicants with specific goals will be scored higher than those with vague ideas.

Applications must be received by 15 September 2011. The application must be completed in English at: 

Do not fax or mail the application form. Scholarship winners will be notified in November 2011.

CFP: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Conference)

Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) 2012 Congress: CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS | ROTTERDAM, JUNE 25-27, 2012

The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2012 Congress. The Congress theme is Generations: Imagining the Future to Promote Health and Justice. Submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 300 words, accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should include a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel. All submissions should include the names, e-mail addresses, and full affiliations of all authors. In cases of panels and co-authored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary.

The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers. Please provide enough detail for reviewers to be able to assess your proposal for a paper or panel from the abstract. The abstract should include a clear statement of method, thesis, and conclusion, and indicate what participants will learn from your presentation. The theme of Generations should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but should not be limited to:

  • – New social patterns in reproduction (reproductive tourism, assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy, etc.)
  • – The distinctive moral status and needs of children
  • – Caregiving across generations (eldercare, child care, etc.)
  • – Intergenerational justice
  • – Reproductive rights and justice
  • – Access to maternal and child health care
  • – Re-imagining the family and familial responsibilities
  • – Environmental justice across generations
  • – Re-imagining the future
  • – Adoption and the creation of families
  • – The value and social meaning of biological ties between generations
  • – Prolonging life
  • – The next generation of feminist bioethics
  • – Sustaining and shaping communities over time

Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be e-mailed to  by December 1, 2011. This e-mail address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries. Vol 6, no.2 of the International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) will be based on the proceedings of the 2012 FAB Conference. All papers presented at the conference, or whose abstracts were accepted, will be eligible for inclusion in this issue of IJFAB. Once abstracts are accepted, they will be forwarded to the Editorial Office of IJFAB, which will follow up with instructions to authors about submission and review processes. To be included in the conference issue papers must submitted in IJFAB style to the Editorial Office no later than August 15, 2012. The issue will appear in November 2013. FAB encourages all conference presenters to submit their papers to IJFAB for review. Authors who do not wish to have their papers reviewed for inclusion in IJFAB should indicate this when submitting an abstract.

Inside Higher Ed: Gap in NIH Funding for Black and White Researchers

Reported today in Inside Higher Ed:

White applicants for grants from the National Institutes of Health were significantly likelier than black researchers to win funding, according to a Science magazine study published Thursday that sought (and struggled) to explain the reasons for the gap. The study found that about 16 percent of black applicants were successful in winning NIH grants, compared to about 29 percent of applications from white researchers and 25 percent of Asian researchers.

The entire article, “Study Finds (and Examines) Gap in NIH Funding for Black and White Researchers,” is open access.

Call for Comments: Proposed Changes to Common Rule (Human Participants)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services invites public comments on proposed changes to the Common Rule: Human Subject Research Protections: Enhancing Protections for Research Subjects and Reducing Burden, Delay, and Ambiguity for Investigators.

For more information, visit:

CFS: Perspectives on Addiction (Book)

Call for Submissions: Critical Perspectives on Addiction (Volume 14 of Advances in Medical Sociology) 

Editor: Julie Netherland (City University of New York Graduate Center) | Series Editor: Professor Barbara Katz Rothman | Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

Our understandings of addiction are rapidly changing. New technologies and biomedical treatments are reconfiguring addiction as a brain disease, and the concept of “addiction” is expanding to cover an ever widening array of substances and behaviours, from food to shopping. As addiction has taken up the discourse of neuroscience, gained some legitimacy within mainstream medicine, and become popularized through reality televisions shows and media attention to celebrity “addicts,” its cultural resonance has increased, but the meaning of “addiction” remains contested and confused. Despite new efforts to medicalize addiction, moral and punitive frameworks for addressing addictions persist, and theories about addiction are also increasingly framed within neoliberal and public health ideologies that emphasize the individual’s responsibility to make him or herself “well.” This edited volume of Advances in Medical Sociology aims to look critically at how addiction has been framed historically, how it being characterized and understood through contemporary cultural representations, how new treatments and technologies are reconfiguring addiction, and how “addiction” is being expanded beyond illicit drugs and alcohol to explain phenomena such as “excessive” eating and gambling and the exponential rise in prescription narcotic use. This volume also seeks to examine how medical, behavioural and punitive frameworks for understanding and treating addiction come together to shape and control “addicts.” Building on a rich sociological literature about drugs and addiction, this volume aims to interrogate the meaning(s) of addiction and critically examine the ways in which addiction is used as a lens for understanding individual behaviour, deviance, illness, politics, and policy. Empirical pieces are especially encouraged.

This edited volume aims to be a benchmark text in the sociology of addiction, bringing together a broad array of critical perspectives and issues. Therefore, we are calling for papers addressing a wide variety of topics pertaining to the sociology of addiction, including – but not limited to:

  •  Historical and new efforts to medicalize addiction
  •  Critical interrogations of medical, public health, scientific, behavioural, moral, and punitive frameworks for understanding and/or treating addiction
  •  Changing perceptions of addiction and addictive disorders within different settings and in the broader society
  •  The rise of novel applications of addiction frameworks (e.g., obesity as caused by ‘food addiction’) and novel treatments (e.g., deep brain stimulation, vaccines, and psychopharmceuticals, like buprenorphine and naltrexone)
  •  Critical analyses of non-substance addictions (e.g., gambling, shopping, sex, etc…) and how these support and/or challenge traditional notions of addiction
  •  Representations of addiction in the media and popular culture
  •  Addiction treatment interventions and how they reflect and/or shape larger sociopolitcal contexts
  •  The relationships between frameworks for understanding addiction, interventions to address it, and subjectivity
  •  The relationship between addiction and larger sociologicalconstructs, such as racism, gender, structure/agency, etc…
  •  The rise in addiction to prescription medications and how this challenges existing conceptual, policy and treatment approaches to drug addiction.

This list should be treated as suggestive rather than prescriptive. Papers addressing other relevant topics are welcome as are informal inquiries about proposed topics. Potential contributors should email a 500-750 word abstract by October 3, 2011 to:  .

Informal inquiries to this address are also welcome. Name and institutional affiliation of author(s) should also be supplied, including full contact details of the main author. Proposals will be reviewed by the editor, and authors notified by November 7, 2011. The deadline for full submissions (7500-8500 words) will be February 7, 2012. Publication of the volume is expected in mid- to late 2012.