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Annual Meeting

Call for papers and instructions for Authors:

Agromedicine is devoted to health and safety issues in modern agriculture, including farm families and environments, workers in agriculture-associated industries, and consumers of agricultural products. The underlying purpose is to reduce or eliminate chronic and acute illnesses and injuries associated with agricultural commodities and products. The North American Agromedicine Consortium would like to invite the submission of abstracts dealing with all aspects of occupational and environmental health and safety in agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Papers will be presented at the fifteenth annual meeting of the North American Agromedicine Consortium. The meeting will be held November 17-19, 2002, in San Diego, CA. Papers may deal with such topics as: food safety; exposure assessment and injury/illness surveillance (chemical, zoonotic, etc.); prevention and intervention (educational, engineering and behavioral approaches); health care access and delivery; minority, women’s and children’s issues; susceptible populations; sociological and cultural issues; policy and economics; community health; and diagnosis and treatment.

Paper presentations are scheduled for the November 18 afternoon session. Poster viewing is also scheduled for November 18 through 19. All papers and posters will be reviewed for scientific and statistical validity where applicable. Student applications are encouraged. A student paper competition will be held; student divisions will be for undergraduate and graduate levels.

Presentations will be 20 minutes long, including 5 minutes for questions and discussion. Presentation format is limited to 2″ x 2″ slides, computer generated presentations, and high-quality, computer-generated overheads. All computer presentations must be in PowerPoint or Corel Presentations formats.

Poster presentations should be no larger than 3′ X 6′ (landscape format). The text and tables should be readable from within a distance of four feet. Push pins should be used to attach posters to the tack-board backing.

Standard abstract submittal format will be followed:

Abstracts may be submitted by mail on paper, on zip disks (formatted for PC or MAC) or, preferably, by attached-message e-mail. If sent in electronic format, they must be submitted in WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, or ASCII text.

Limit abstracts to 300 words or less (including title, author, and affiliations). Abstracts with greater than 300 words will be edited.

Submittal Format:

The first line of the abstract should contain the title in bold, CAPITAL letters, followed by the author name(s), and address(es). Underscore the presenter’s name. Skip one line and begin the text (follow example below):

PESTICIDE POISONING IN NORTH CAROLINA: A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FUTURE. Marian Swinker, East Carolina University, School of Medicine, Lakeside Annex 3, Greenville, NC 27858-4354, and Julia F. Storm, North Carolina State University, Department of Toxicology, Box 7633, Raleigh, NC 27695-7633.

A majority of consumers are concerned about their exposure to pesticides in their home or at work, but a minority of acute poisonings occur through…

At the bottom of the page, type:

  1. The name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the presenting author;
  2. Preference for Platform or Poster presentation and willingness to convert from one format to another (yes or no);
  3. Regular or Student attendee (Note: All students submitting abstracts, provided they meet eligibility requirements, will be judged for the best student platform or poster competition, unless otherwise indicated. For a student to qualify for the competition, the paper must be first-authored and presented by a student or recent graduate (since May 2001). The results must be from work conducted by the author as a student and not as a post-graduate.

Either e-mail your attached message abstract or mail the zip disk or one unfolded hard copy of the abstract to:

Patrick O’Connor-Marer, PhD
IPM Education and Publications
University of California
One Shields Ave.
Davis, Ca 95616
Phone (530) 752-7694
Fax: (530) 752-9336


Acknowledgment of abstract receipt, if requested, will be done by telephone or e-mail.


The meeting will be held at the Hilton San Diego Resort
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, Ca
Phone: 1-800-HILTONS, or (619) 276-4010

When making your reservation, please identify yourself as a North American Agromedicine Consortium Conference participant. The special group rate of $129.00 for a single/double is effective through October 17, 2002. All rates are subject to applicable taxes.

Airport Shuttle Transportation When arriving at the San Diego Airport, call “Cloud 9 Shuttle” from the airport courtesy information board located in the baggage claim area, or dial them directly at 1-800-9-SHUTTLE. The cost for the shuttle is approximately $10.00 per person one way.

The North American Agromedicine Consortium (NAAC) serves as the North American Regional Chapter of the International Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health (IAAMRH), as established by vote of the General Assembly of the IAAMRH on May 26, 2000, In Pecs, Hungary. As such, NAAC coordinates the activities of agricultural medicine and rural health organizations in the North American region, and also collaborates with other like-minded associations.