Student papers sought for conference at Johns Hopkins University in February

The Johns Hopkins University Public Health in Asia organizing committee  invites undergraduate and graduate students to present their research at the upcoming symposium scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the JHU Homewood campus.

Proposals should include the paper title, the author’s contact information, and an abstract of no more than 300 words. Send proposals to:

Deadline: Students must submit their abstracts by the January 10th, 2015.

This symposium is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins University East Asian Studies Program, International Studies Program, Anthropology Department, History of Medicine Department, and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. The topic this year is “Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Asia.”

The goal of the symposium is to provide a platform for both undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to explore the role of Public Health in tackling chronic conditions in the Asian region. We hope to foster a comfortable and constructive environment in which students may present their research, be exposed to the research of others, and be challenged by professionals and peers. To further this learning and interactive process, we also enlist guidance from prominent figures in the field to spark new and in-depth conversations throughout this symposium.

The Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Asia Symposium aims to provide a platform for both undergraduate and graduate students to explore various research topics at the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus. A non-communicable disease (NCD) is a non-infectious and non-transmissible medical condition. Claiming the lives of approximately 36 million people every year, NCDs include cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, and cancer. As these conditions continue to proliferate in many parts of the world, the role of Public Health becomes ever more important in adapting and combating this transition. Given that an annual estimate of 7.9 million fall victims to NCDs in Southeast Asia alone, the Johns Hopkins Public Health Symposium will focus on the Asian region to identify and address some of the grave problems and trends involving NCDs. To further discussion, we propose the following topic areas:

1. What correlation exists between NCDs and socio-economic status? Are there any other social, cultural, and political factors that should be taken into consideration to understand the proliferation of NCDs?

2. What measures are being taken to address and prevent NCDs? What are the roles of governments and non-governmental institutions in this process?

3. What are some of the major obstacles in preventing and addressing NCDs in Asia? What do you propose as a possible solution?

We seek paper proposals from students interested in aforementioned questions and related areas such as Public Health, Sociology, East Asian Studies, International Studies, Anthropology, and Global Environmental Changes and Sustainability.

Symposium Organizers:

Danny Jeon (, Anna Zeng (, Sung Park (, Hee-Won Han (, Arjav Shah (

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