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Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta June 12-14, 2006
Call for Student Abstracts
For Posters to be presented at: The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st Century: Fifth Annual Partnership Conference, June 12-14, 2006, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Public Health Law Association, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Law Program, and the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics are convening The Public's Health & the Law in the 21st Century: Fifth Annual Partnership Conference. The Public Health Law Association is sponsoring a poster session to offer students the unique opportunity to submit and present original research findings on topics that address the intersection of law and public health.


Graduate students currently enrolled in a program of study within a School of Law, Medicine, Public Health, Allied Health, Nursing, or Arts and Sciences inside or outside of the United States may submit abstracts. Students with training in multiple disciplines (e.g. JD/MPH, JD/MD, JD/PhD, BSN/MPH, etc.) are particularly encouraged to submit an abstract.

Subject Matter

Abstracts submitted for consideration should examine the role of law in a particular public health problem, examine the bioethical, social or policy ramifications of a public health policy, or otherwise contribute to the understanding of the relationship between law and public health. Interdisciplinary topics and issues are encouraged. All submissions must be original research questions and solely the work of the authors.


Abstracts must be received by March 1, 2006 at abstracts2006@phla.info.

Instructions for Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts must be submitted with a cover page that provides the title of the abstract and the names, email addresses, institution and program of study, and telephone numbers of each author. Abstracts must be in English, typed using 10 or 12 point font, single-spaced and be a maximum of 250 words. The abstract narrative section should include the purpose or objective of the research, a description of the research design and methods, and a summary of the major findings. Only electronic submissions to abstracts2006@phla.info in MS Word will be considered. Abstracts and posters will be judged on clarity, overall organization of material, originality of research question, and the potential for findings to advance the understanding of the relationship between public health and the law by a panel of public health experts selected by PHLA. Authors will be notified electronically on or before April 15, 2006 as to whether their abstract has been accepted. Abstracts and posters from the 2005 conference are available from the PHLA website www.phla.info.

Accepted Abstracts

If an abstract is accepted for presentation, at least one of the authors must attend the June 2006 Public Health Law Conference in Atlanta, Georgia to present the poster. Conference registration fees will be waived for authors whose abstracts are selected (no more than two fee waivers per abstract). Limited scholarships for travel costs are available; however, students are urged to seek support from their University to cover the cost of travel, poster materials, and production. Use of expensive poster presentation materials or publication techniques is discouraged. Guidelines and space limitations for poster materials will be made available on www.phla.info by April 1, 2006.

Questions should be directed to Jean O’Connor at: joconnor@phla.info.

"Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not."

-George Bernard Shaw

The Public's Health and the Law in the 21St Century 5TH Annual Conference               June 12-14, 2006
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