UAFNews-L Campus to host international health conference

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From: University of Alaska Fairbanks <UAFdistribution>
Date: August 3, 2012 4:36:43 PM AKDT
To: UAFnews-l
Subject: [UAFNews-L] Campus to host international health conference
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TO News directors and science reporters

FROM Marmian Grimes, UAF information officer, 907-474-7902, marmian.grimes

SUBJECT Campus to host international health conference


DATE & TIME Sunday, Aug. 5 through Friday, Aug. 10

More than 500 health researchers, physicians and policymakers from around the world will gather at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Aug. 5-10 for the 15th triennial International Congress on Circumpolar Health.

The bulk of conference activities will begin Monday, Aug. 6 with opening ceremonies and welcome messages from Alaska Native elders, university and community leaders and elected officials. Each day of the conference will include keynote presentations by international health experts. Topics include the history and future of circumpolar health, domestic violence and suicide in circumpolar communities, health in indigenous communities, how health research factors into broad arctic research and large cohort studies in health research.

In addition to the keynote and plenary speakers, the conference will include daily presentations and poster sessions on a broad range of circumpolar health topics. Among those will be 28 presentations or posters from researchers and partners at the UAF Center for Alaska Native Health Research on biomedical findings in Alaska Native health. Topics include cancer survivorship, college-age drinking, unique diet markers and Alaska Native community partnerships in research.

Conference registration is free to journalists. Registration is available on site. Additional information on the conference is available at

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS: Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail at marmian.grimes.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Download a copy of the full conference book at

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