Archive | January 2011

Workshop on Immunotherapy Combinations

Date: November 3, 2011

Venue: Bethesda North Marriott Hotel, North Bethesda, MD


According to the website, “The primary audience for the 2011 Workshop includes scientists from academic institutions, industry and regulatory agencies with an interest in research, development and translation of cancer immunotherapy. The Workshop will incorporate presentations by key investigators in the field and interactive discussions on immunotherapy combinations, including investigations on co-administration of multiple immunotherapeutics and strategies that combine immunotherapy with conventional cancer treatment.

The program organizers are currently reviewing recent clinical and preclinical data, research trends and evaluations from the 2010 meeting to define program goals and expected learner outcomes to ensure another successful program. Please check back soon for updated information.”


Alan J. Korman, PhD – Bristol-Myers Squibb

Ignacio Melero, MD, PhD – University of Navarra

Hideho Okada, MD, PhD – University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Suzanne L. Topalian, MD – Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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Advanced Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training


February 22-25, 2011 Charlotte, NC

April 5-8, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada

July 19-22, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada

Nov 29 – Dec 2, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada

Registration Fee: $475.00

According to the website:

“This Seminar is a Must For:

  • Law Enforcement Supervisors

  • Victim Advocates

  • Military CID -MP’s

  • Mental Health Workers

  • Prosecutors

  • Rape Treatment Center Workers

  • Nurses

  • Military Police

  • Some of the Topics that will be Discussed:

    When Women Kill, Strangulation, Law Enforcement Officers as Abusers, Typologies of Abusers, Women Who Use Violence, Primary Aggressor, Developing a Coordinated Community Response, Effects on Children, Sexual Violence Model Policy, Rape Sensitivity for Men, Rape Prosecution, Rape Drugs, Interviewing the Rapist.”


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    Topics in Acute Care, Women’s Health, Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine

    Date: 25 September 2011 to 2 October 2011

    Place: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


    Contact name: Reservations- 1 800 422 0711

    This is a Live Lecture 7-Night Western Caribbean Cruise Conference Round-trip Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

    Organized by: Continuing Education, Inc.

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    Women’s Health: Science, Technology and Society

    Date: 2 April 2011

    Place: Brooklyn, NY, USA


    Contact name: Irina V. Ellison, Ph.D.

    The St. Francis College Department of Biology and Health Promotion, the Women’s Center of St. Francis College and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) are looking for academic papers for the upcoming conference, Women’s Health: Science, Technology and Society […].

    This multidisciplinary conference will feature panels on a variety of perspectives on women’s health, as well as a keynote speaker and several opportunities to share research.  

    Health Care Professionals, Natural and Social Scientists, Health and Women’s Studies Educators and Health Policy Professionals are encouraged to participate in this important conference devoted to examining women’s health. Undergraduate students will also be able to participate in a poster session.

    Possible topics of exploration include but are not limited to:
    •         Reproductive Technology
    •         Contraception and Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    •         Health Issues in the Gay and Bisexual Community
    •         Body Image and Nutrition
    •         Violence against Women
    •         Women and Cancer
    •         Women and Aging
    •         Women’s Health in Society and Law
    •         Sports Medicine
    •         Cultural Competence
    –Quote by St. Francis College

    Deadline for abstracts/proposals: 31 January 2011

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    “Why doesn’t the victim just leave?”

    What barriers does an abused person face when attempting to end a violent relationship? As a long-time advocate for victims of domestic violence, Nichelle Mitchem recognizes that the complexity of the legal system and the absence of legal assistance cause some victims to stay in an abusive relationship. By understanding of the importance of the access to legal information, assistance, and often representation for battered women, Mitchem has sought to enhance the accessibility to legal services for victims of domestic violence for much of her career.

    Whether serving as an administrator of legal service programs for battered women or as the executive director of a domestic violence agency, Nichelle has been asked to present on: the dynamics of domestic violence, available supportive services, and the legal aspects of domestic violence. “Like shelter and counseling, access to legal information and assistance serve to empower abused persons,” Mitchem says. When discussing domestic violence with various audiences, participants often pose the question, “Why doesn’t the victim just leave?” In response, Mitchem says, “Most victims want to leave and many try. Even under the best of circumstances, leaving a relationship is difficult. Violent relationships are complex; and victims in these relationships are faced with many barriers to leaving. These barriers include the lack of knowledge of: civil and criminal protections afforded to them under the law as well as available legal resources. Additionally, the abusive partner occasionally uses intimidation and/or violence to stop the victim from severing the relationship. As a result, victims often fear retaliation for ending the relationship.”

    Mitchem asserts that, “Victims often stay, because they fear that the abuser will find her and kill/harm her, the children, other relatives, or friends. They stay with the hopes that the violence will end, because they are financially dependent on the abuser, lack alternative housing, or are trying to keep the family together. They stay hoping change is possible. It takes strength and determination to survive violence. However, as time goes on, surviving an abusive relationship becomes more difficult.” This fact is particularly true for economically disadvantaged battered women and abused women with disabilities.
    Mitchem has sought to enhance access to legal services for this particularly vulnerable population by understanding of the importance of legal information, assistance, and representation for many battered women, particularly those who are indigent, homeless, and/or disabled. During her tenure as executive director, domestic violence agencies have launched and/or expanded on legal service programs that assist clients in negotiating legal and other challenges that might arise as they seek to eliminate domestic violence from their lives. These very necessary programs assist survivors of domestic violence to build long-term safety and security for themselves and their children.”

    For information about available legal services and other programs for victims of domestic violence in your community, please visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website at

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    Women’s Health For The Primary Care Provider

    Date: 7 to 19 March 2011

    Place: Orlando, Florida, United States


    Contact name: Orly Light

    This activity presents practical, evidence-based discussions of current topics in women’s health. The outstanding faculty speakers will present evidence-based lectures on a targeted selection of important topics of educational need related to women’s health care for primary care practitioners. The goal of this activity is to improve the knowledge of primary care providers and, thus, improve the quality of care for women

    TARGET AUDIENCE – The course is directed to physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurses who provide primary care to women. Other health care professionals with an interest in women’s health will also gain significant knowledge from this educational activity.


    *Hormone Therapy for Menopause: Current Data – 1)Discuss data on the risks and benefits of HT generated since the initial publication from the Women’s Health Initiative. 2)Discuss current evidence regarding the effect of HT on cardiovascular and breast cancer risk. 3)Apply current evidence regarding HT to clinical practice.

    *Managing Menopausal Issues: Options for Therapy – 1)Compare and contrast contemporary pharmacologic options for HT. 2)Compare the pharmacology of oral HT to that of transdermal delivery systems. 3)Identify options for management of menopausal issues with agents other than HT.

    *GYN Cancers: Prevention and Early Detection – 1)Discuss current theories on the etiologies of common gynecologic cancers. 2)Discuss recent evidence regarding risk factors for, early detection of, and prevention of gynecologic cancers. 3)Appreciate the pivotal role of primary care practitioners in improving gynecologic cancer outcomes.

    *HPV and Managing Abnormal Pap Tests – 1)Describe the natural history of HPV infection and how it relates to recent changes in screening recommendations for cervical neoplasia. 2)Define the role of HPV testing in detecting and managing cervical neoplasia. 3)Compare and contrast the spectrums of action, approved indications, efficacy, and regimens for use of the two FDA-approved HPV vaccines.

    *Managing Menstrual Abnormalities – 1)Identify common causes of menstrual abnormalities and discuss their pathophysiology. 2)Describe office, laboratory, and additional evaluation of menstrual abnormalities. 3)Identify management options for acute and chronic abnormal uterine bleeding.

    *Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Simplified – 1)Discuss the current understanding of the pathophysiology of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. 2)Identify management options for the gynecologic consequences of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: abnormal uterine bleeding, hirsutism, and infertility. 3)Identify management options for the metabolic effects of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

    *The Latest in Contraception: Pearls for Busy Primary Care Providers – 1)Describe why pelvic exams and lab tests are not necessary prior to prescribing hormonal contraception. 2)Integrate the use of the “Quick Start” method of initiating contraception into their practice. 3) Encourage more efficacious and long-acting methods of contraception 4) Update practice protocols to increase contraceptive use and decrease unintended pregnancy in their office.

    *Introducing the 2010 US Medical Eligibility Criteria: An Evidenced Based Tool for Determining Safe Use of Contraception with Chronic and Other Medical Conditions – 1) Utilize the CDC Medical Eligibility Criteria to find safe contraceptive options for women with medical problems. 2) Remember to think about contraception when prescribing Category D or X medications (dangerous in pregnancy) 3) Explain the safety of hormonal contraception 4) Recognize the expanded patient profile for intrauterine contraception

    *Women and Migraine: The Hormonal Link – 1) Define migraine with and without aura, menstrually related migraine, and true menstrual migraine 2) Utilize pharmacologic and behavioral options for acute and prophylactic management of migraine 3) Understand when hormonal medication is helpful and safe for women with migraine 4) Recognize and decrease incidence of chronic daily headache in your practice

    *Update on STD Diagnosis & Management 1) Recognize common symptoms and presentations of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 2) Describe current and preferred tests for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis and other STDs. 3) Discuss current CDC STD Treatment Guidelines for diagnosis, treatment and follow up of common sexually transmitted infections.

    *The Impact of Health Care Reform on Women’s Health Services – 1) Describe 5 highlights of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform) implemented in 2010 2) List 3 components of the health care reform which will directly impact women’s health care preventive services 3) List 3 features of coverage for abortion in state health insurance exchanges

    *Depressive Disorders in Women – 1) Describe the range of Mood Disorders women experience 2) Recognize post partum mood disorders 3) Prescribe medications for depression in women and know when to refer

    –MCE Conferences

    Organized by: MCE Conferences

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    Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics and the Dynamics of Difference

    Date: 4 March 2011

    Place: Bronxville, New York, USA


    Contact name: Tara Elise James

    When it comes to “the body,” the definition of normal is fluid and changes across cultures and time. In each context, there are those who have been exploited and oppressed because they do not fit prevailing notions of beauty. This conference will explore the body politics around those with “deviant” bodies.

    This conference will address these and other questions: What are the dominant narratives and perceptions about beauty and bodies? How do these perceptions affect public policy around issues of health, civil rights, education, and accessibility? How do those whose bodies do not fit into the “proper” cultural norms challenge attitudes, laws and perceptions? How have they negotiated for and found power in unwelcoming environments both now and in the past? How do the categories of race, class, gender, sexuality, age and disability complicate prevailing ideas about embodiment? Are there and have there been communities and cultures that have welcomed those whose bodies are currently perceived as deviant in dominant popular discourse? And, what is the relationship between promoting and continuing the dominant discourse and capitalist consumer culture?

    We invite activists, scholars and artists in all fields to propose papers, panels, workshops, performances, and exhibits. Proposals for panels are especially welcomed, but individual papers will also be considered.

    Specific topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Representations of deviant bodies in popular culture
    • Social justice and fat and disability activism
    • Intersectionality:  race, gender, class, sexuality and the body
    • HAES: Health at Every Size
    • Stigma
    • Feminism and the body
    • Social construction of disability
    • Objectification and commodification of the deviant body
    • Fiction and the deviant body
    • Language and the body
    • Deviant bodies across cultures and time

    –Sarah Lawrence College

    Organized by: Sarah Lawrence College Women’s History Graduate Program

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