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Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2003 15:57:52 +0200
From: Lyn Hanmer <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: HELINA-L: HELINA 2003: Call for Papers
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Information and Communication Technology in the
Fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa
12-15 October 2003, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
CALL FOR PAPERS
The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) will convene
HELINA 2003, the fourth HELINA (HEaLth INformatics in Africa) conference
in South Africa from 12 to 15 October 2003, focused on communication and
information technologies (ICT) in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The conference aims to bring expert clinicians and researchers in HIV/AIDS
together with regional and international experts in health informatics in
a unique forum. The goal of this meeting is to introduce all participants
to the broad range of issues of mutual concern facing those who develop
and manage HIV/AIDS interventions, and the potential for information and
communication technologies to further these aims.
The conference will have four tracks
* Clinical Care
* Public Health Infrastructure
* Public Policy
* Research, including Clinical Trials.
A wide range of presentations related and relevant to the theme of the
conference is envisaged.
Potential presenters are encouraged to share their experiences of and
insights into addressing the problems of responding to the
HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and other developing areas.
Abstracts of presentations are invited for consideration by the
Scientific Programme Committee.
Submissions (maximum 1 page in length) should be made as an MS Word or
.rtf document, following the attached guidelines.
All submissions should be made by electronic mail to the HELINA2003
Email: [log in to unmask]
All submissions will be reviewed by the members of the SPC, who will
select oral and poster presentations for inclusion in the
The chairperson of the Scientific Programme Committee is Dr David Rind,
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical
School, email: [log in to unmask]
* Deadline for receipt of all submissions: 30 March 2003
* Notification of acceptance of submissions: 30 April 2003
FURTHER CONFERENCE INFORMATION
* Dr. Charles Safran
IMIA Vice President for Special Affairs
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and
Chief Executive Officer, Clinical Support Technology, Newton, MA, USA.
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* Dr Sedick Isaacs
President, South African Health Informatics Association (SAHIA)
Department of Medical Informatics, Groote Schuur Hospital,
Observatory, South Africa.
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Sponsorship is being sought to assist African participants to attend the
conference. Details of sponsorship possibilities and
selection criteria for sponsorship will be circulated when available.
Delegates who are making a conference presentation are
likely to receive preference in the allocation of any available funds.
For more information, visit the conference website at www.helina2003.org
Contact the conference secretariat:
Ms Debbie Leak
Medical Research Council
PO Box 19070
tel: +27 21 938 0554
fax: +27 21 938 0395
email: [log in to unmask]
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS FOR HELINA2003
1. The conference will include oral presentation and posters. The
organising committee wishes to emphasise that oral contributions and
poster presentations are equally important.
2. The submission of an abstract is required for both posters and oral
3. Please indicate clearly if you wish to present a poster. THE
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMME COMMITTEE WILL DECIDE WHETHER PRESENTATIONS WILL BE
INCLUDED IN THE FINAL PROGRAMME AS POSTERS OR AS ORAL PRESENTATIONS,
UNLESS AUTHORS HAVE REQUESTED TO PRESENT IN POSTER FORM.
4. Since the accepted abstracts will be made available to conference
participants, they must be well structured and should reflect the
substance of the content of your presentation.
5. Abstract format:
All abstracts must be presented in English.
Abstracts (including title and author information) must be no more than
one A4 page long, with margins at least 2,5cm wide all
round, and text in 11pt Times New Roman font.
The abstract must be presented in the following manner:
- Title of presentation, in capital letters
- Authors: Surname and initials in format: Jones L, Mkize JR, etc.
Underline the name of the presenting author.
- Text of abstract.
Abstracts presenting research or descriptive work must be organised in
- hypothesis and/or objective
6. Your abstract and abstract registration form must reach the
conference secretariat by electronic mail no later than 30 March
2003, at [log in to unmask]
The abstract registration form may be obtained from the conference
website at www.helina2003.org.
Please contact the HELINA 2003 Conference Secretariat if you are unable
to obtain the form from the conference website.
7. Selection of abstracts:
Abstracts for inclusion in the conference programme will be selected by
the Scientific Programme Committee.
You will be informed whether or not your abstract has been accepted not
later than 30 April 2003.
Participants will be informed of the FORM in which their presentation
will be included in the conference programme (i.e. poster
or oral presentation) not later than 31 May 2003.
8. Final acceptance of an abstract will require that at least one author
registers for the conference.
Health Informatics R&D Co-ordination Programme (HIRD)
Medical Research Council
PO Box 19070
Tel +27 21 938 0343
Fax +27 21 938 0315