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7th World Conference International Society for Gerontechnology

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7th World Conference
International Society for Gerontechnology


May 27-30, 2010


Vancouver, Canada - Marriott Pinnacle Hotel


Host organization: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University


This conference brings together people who design, develop, prescribe, research and use technology to enhance the functional capacity and quality of life of older adults. It’s the perfect venue for dialogue between engineers, ICT experts, health and social care professionals, architects, social science researchers and educators and others working in this multi-disciplinary field.


Topics to be discussed include cutting-edge innovations in: smart homes and smart materials, robotics, mobile and wireless communication systems, online goods and services, computer games, and applications of new technologies in health and social care. The latter include management of chronic illness in the community and supporting people with dementia living at home or in congregate settings. The conference will also address markets and business issues including: understanding the older consumer, developing effective markets for care technology, connectedness and the digital divide, and knowledge transfer from research into commercial products


For further information:


Email: [email protected]

Call for Papers: IADIS International Conference e-Health 2009

Call for Papers: IADIS International Conference e-Health 2009 - 21-23 June 2009, Algarve, Portugal.
The use of ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in Healthcare Services is the main mechanism to improve efficiency and effectiveness. This conference aims to draw together information systems, practitioners and management experts from all quadrants involved in developing computer technology to improve healthcare quality.

Format of the Conference
The conference will comprise of invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in the form of a book and CD-ROM with ISBN, and will be available also in the IADIS Digital Library (accessible on-line).

Best Papers
Selected authors of best papers will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers to selected journals (i.e. IADIS International Journal on Computer Science and Information Systems - ISSN: 1646-3692) including journals from INDERSCIENCE Publishers.

Types of submissions
Full and Short Papers, Reflection Papers, Posters/Demonstrations, Tutorials, Panels and Doctoral Consortium. All submissions are subject to a blind refereeing process.

Topics related to e-Health are of interest. These include, but are not limited to the following areas:

A. Research Issues

  • Computers and Primary Care
  • Clinical Data Visualisation Standards
  • e-Health Architectures
  • Healthcare Data Architecture and Terminology Standards
  • Federated Electronic Health Records
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Health Informatics and Education
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Infrastructure and Architecture
  • Internet and Medicine
  • Interoperability issues
  • IT and Patient Care
  • Nursing Informatics
  • RFID and localization techniques
  • Usability and Ubiquity in e-Health
  • e-Health Virtual Communities
  • Business Process Management Systems
  • Second Life for Healthcare Support and Education

B. Management Issues

  • Case Studies
  • Management Change
  • Confidentiality and Privacy
  • e-Health Collaborative Strategies and Techniques
  • e-Training
  • Healthcare Management Dashboards
  • Legal issues
  • Balanced scorecards models to improve Hospital Performance and Productivity
  • Business Intelligence in Healthcare
  • e-Health to improve Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety.
  • Healthcare Information Systems Regulatory issues
  • Security in e-Health
  • Service Models
  • Social implications
  • Stakeholders involvement

C. Applications

  • Clinical Information Systems
  • Data Mining and Clinical Studies
  • Medical Guidelines
  • e-Health Decision Support Systems
  • e-Logistics and e-Pharmacy
  • Intelligent Medical Systems
  • Mobile Applications
  • Patient Electronic Health Records
  • Healthcare Portals to inform and connect Patients with Physicians
  • Patients and Public Health
  • Social Networks in Healthcare contexts
  • e-Health Marketing
  • e-Procurement and e-Commerce
  • Telemedicine
  • Automatic Identification and Data Collector Systems
  • Unified data processing and communication Systems
  • Web Based Applications
  • e-Health 2.0

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: 30 January 2009
  • Notification to Authors: 6 March 2009
  • Final Camera-Ready Submission and Early Registration: Until 6 April 2009
  • Late Registration: After 6 April 2009
  • Conference: Algarve, Portugal, 21 to 23 June 2009

IASHA’09 - 8th International Conference - Leadership Beyond Borders

The conference will be held in London(England) the 19-22 July 2009.

Program Overview:

The three-day conference offers an array of education and networking opportunities that will bring the conference themes of quality, innovation, leadership, technology and design alive through:

- 4 plenary sessions featuring internationally renowned speakers on topics of critical importance to the aged care industry.

- 70+ educational symposia, workshops, and posters sessions featuring multinational perspectives on major issues along with new solutions to aged care challenges.

- Tours of London aged care facilities, as well as an international survey and exhibit of the state-of-the art and trends in senior living.

- Social events and networking forums that will bring together the Global Ageing Network.


For the 8th International Conference IAHSA (International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing) will only offer on-line registration. The registration process is designed to maximize attendees’ organization's conference experience.


Attendees will have the support of many individuals who have worked tirelessly on their behalf. These people support the conference through their participation on the Honorary, Local, and Conference Planning committees.

The Honorary Host Committee is composed of key leaders in the ageing field in Great Britain who understand the importance of providing leadership to meet the challenges presenting countries across the world in caring for the elderly.

The Local Organising Committee has worked tirelessly to ensure that the London Conference experience is truly memorable for all attendees. They have been instrumental in key program elements, including local facility tours, social events and educational sessions.

Composed of leading experts in ageing from across the globe, the Conference Planning Committee fulfilled the very important role of assisting IAHSA staff in the development of the educational program for the conference.

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities:

Showcase your company at the IAHSA 8th International Conference. Sponsorship and Exhibitor opportunities are now available. Please contact IAHSA at [email protected] or call +1 202 508-9468 for more information.

Categories and Fees:

Full descriptions of entitlements in each category are available on the London Conference Web site. A substantial registration fee discount is available for full conference participants registering before 30 April 2009.

More information about the activities held in the conference and enumerated above:


A major educational element of the conference is the symposia (discussions focused around broad themes and diverse perspectives). The symposia are designed to facilitate multinational dialogue on significant issues affecting the provision of ageing services throughout the world.


The afternoon education programme features workshops dedicated to in-depth presentations on specific models, practices, and approaches in aged care. Colleagues across the globe have developed responses to the challenges and promise of ageing.

Poster Sessions

New this year is poster sessions, a visual and concise method for individuals to present research and models of care. Poster sessions will be available each afternoon and will be grouped around similar topics.

Networking Forums

Attendees will have the option of choosing from twelve forum topics and assembling with peers to discuss shared interests.

Design Showcase

A survey of the state-of-the-art and trends in senior living represented by projects submitted from the IAHSA Global Ageing Network held in conjunction with the Second International Design for Ageing Programme & Symposium.

For more information and to register, visit


The conference will be opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon.

Guest Speakers

Roy Lilley ( Chair), Writer, Broadcaster and NHS Commentator; Alan Maynard, Professor of Health Economics, University of York; John Seddon, Researcher and leading authority on organisational change

All prizes will be awarded on the afternoon of Day 2 of the conference
Best Poster
Best Paper Day 1
Best Paper Day 2

Abstract Submission for Poster Presentations
The organising committee encourages submission of telehealth & telecare abstracts for poster presentations at the conference. We would particularly welcome those that demonstrate evidence of cost-effectiveness.

Abstract submission is invited electronically via the link on the left which contains guidance for content & submission. There will be prize for the best poster which will be awarded on the afternoon of Day 2 of the conference.

To register interest please contact Lisa Muxworthy on 0131 2756467, or click on the email link on the left.

For sponsorship information, please contact Sandra Auld on 07825 386314, or see prospectus link on the left.

Carbon Reduction Initiatives
The Conference is adhering to the following carbon reduction initiatives:

  • Using environmentally friendly delegate bags which are reusable and biodegradable
  • Using recycled paper
  • Actively recycling leftover delegate materials after the conference
  • Actively encouraging car sharing to help delegates save money and running costs whilst reducing carbon footprints.

and will donate £1 from every delegate fee to a carbon offsetting scheme.

3rd International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare 2009

Pervasive healthcare is an emerging research discipline, focusing on the development and application of pervasive and ubiquitous computing technology for healthcare and wellness. Pervasive healthcare seeks to respond to a variety of pressures on healthcare systems, including the increased incidence of life-style related and chronic diseases, emerging consumerism in healthcare, need for empowering patients and relatives for self-care and management of their health, and need to provide seamless access for health care services, independent of time and place.

Pervasive healthcare may be defined from two perspectives. First, it is the development and application of pervasive computing (or ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence) technologies for healthcare, health and wellness management. Second, it seeks to make healthcare available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere by removing locational, time and other restraints while increasing both the coverage and quality of healthcare.

The Pervasive Healthcare conference aims to gather together technology experts, practitioners, industry and national authorities contributing towards the development and application of human-centered pervasive and ubiquitous computing technology for healthcare and wellness.

eChallenges e-2009 Conference - Istanbul

The eChallenges e-2009 Conference takes place in the beautiful city of Istanbul. This is the nineteenth in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts over 650 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt and good practice in the areas of ICT for Networked Enterprise & RFID, eGovernment & eDemocracy, eHealth, Collaborative Working Environments, Living Labs, eInfrastructures; Technology Enhanced Learning and ICT Skills, Knowledge and Content Technologies, Security and Identity Management, High Performance Computing - Applications and Mobility.

The goal of e-2009 is to stimulate rapid take-up of Research and Technology Development (RTD) results by industry and in particular SMEs, and help open up the European Research Area (ERA) to the rest of the world.

The Call for Papers for eChallenges e-2009 is published - all extended abstracts and workshops should be submitted online by 29 February.

Your extended abstract should provide an overview of the following sections of your full paper: Introduction - Issues to be addressed, Objectives of your paper, Methodology Used, Technology or Business Case Description, Conclusions and Summary Recommendations. Your extended abstract is submitted as text only. Pictures and diagrams cannot be submitted at this stage and should only be included at the full paper stage.

Major Sponsors confirmed to date include TUBITAK and TuR&Bo ppp.

Supported by the European Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, eChallenges provides a prestigious, international forum to share success stories and lessons learnt from applied Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related research at European level (FP6 & FP7) as well as Regional, National and Commercial initiatives. International cooperation and discussion of commercialisation, exploitation & interoperability issues are key aspects of the programme.

The programme will combine strategic keynote presentations, technical, legal and policy papers, business and government case studies, workshops and tutorials. e-2009 will also feature an Exhibition and an attractive Social Programme for partners, presenters, delegates and exhibitors, to enhance networking opportunities both during and after the Conference.

Dementia Services Development Centre's 3rd International Conference: Facing the Future

The Dementia Services Development Centre's 3rd International Conference will take place in York, UK on the 15th & 16th September 2009. This year the theme will be "Facing the Future" and the event will focus on the whole person, multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional research, contextualised in policy, practice and social trends.
We would like to invite you to be part of this conference by submitting an abstract. We are currently seeking submissions for symposia speakers, poster presenters and technology demonstrators on the following subjects;
  • Social and cultural contexts of dementia - this theme explores how dementia is perceived, and how public policy responds to it. You may wish to share practical solutions to the problems emerging in this area
  • Policy and practice in dementia care - this theme explores the latest thinking and developments in service improvement
  • Non-pharmacological interventions - this theme could include worked examples of any intervention for care, including their costs and benefits
  • Developing dementia research - this theme will focus on the research process and methodological innovations. We are interested in challenges presented by working in the area of dementia, as well as the outcome of studies
  • Dementia, Science and Medicine - this theme will be of particular interest to Geriatricians and Psychiatrists as well as General Practitioners. We are interested in papers that address diagnosis and support, developments in drug treatments and differential diagnosis screening


eHealth, Telemedicine and Health ICT are a tool at the service of medical and nurse practitioners, patients, citizens, healthcare institutions and governments. It involves many different stakeholders who need to be brought face-to-face to share aspirations, learn from research and experiences, show the possibilities, understand the market, discover new applications. Med-e-Tel is the meeting place with a proven potential for Education, Networking and Business among a global audience with diverse professional backgrounds.

Attend the vast conference program featuring over 150 presentations and workshops, and learn from experience built up by experts from around the world. Hear about current applications and best practice examples, see a glimpse of future trends in Telemedicine and eHealth, and their effect on the healthcare system as a whole. Get an update on new developments that will allow you to stay ahead and make more effective and efficient use of technologies to improve quality of health and medical care. Medical specialists can benefit from up to 18 hours of CME credits.

Med-e-Tel promotes and enhances cooperation opportunities, and is the place to establish partnerships and contacts, both globally and locally. Meet and network with healthcare and industry stakeholders, use the dedicated meeting points and events at Med-e-Tel to exchange ideas. Attend meetings from a number of international and regional associations, and expand your network.

See the solutions and technology at work in the expo area. Use the dedicated meeting rooms for one-to-one meetings with industry leaders. Participate in demonstrations that will give you a better view on the potential behind Telemedicine and eHealth tools.


Med-e-Tel focuses on ehealth and telemedicine applications and a wide range of other medical ICT applications and on the convergence of information and communication technology with medical applications, which lead to higher quality of care, cost reductions, workflow efficiency, and widespread availability of healthcare services.

The "Med" in Med-e-Tel stands for healthcare services (institutional and home based care, prevention and education) and for medical products and equipment (medical imaging equipment, monitoring devices, electronic health records, etc.).
The "e" stands for the electronic and IT industry and services (hard- & software, internet, e-mail, etc.).
The "Tel" stands for telecommunications (whether it is POTS, ISDN, wireless, satellite, videoconferencing, VoIP, or other).

The services and applications presented at Med-e-Tel include:

  • computer hard/software and peripherals
  • consulting services
  • diagnostic/monitoring systems and devices
  • electronic health cards
  • electronic medical records and personal health records
  • home and personal monitoring services and equipment
  • hospital information systems
  • imaging devices and systems
  • internet/intranet services
  • mobile/wireless devices and applications
  • satellite communication
  • secure data transmission
  • surgical systems
  • systems integration
  • telecommunication services and devices
  • telecare/telehealth/telemedicine equipment and assistive technologies
  • videoconferencing
  • vital signs monitoring

In a professional and business-minded environment, Med-e-Tel brings manufacturers and suppliers together with a qualified and international audience of healthcare service providers and other key contacts such as:

  • association executives
  • consultants
  • distributors and agents
  • educators and researchers
  • funding agencies
  • government representatives
  • health insurance providers, mutualities
  • homecare service organizations
  • hospital management and department heads
  • international authorities
  • medical specialists and general practitioners
  • nurses
  • venture capitalists, investors

for the purpose of establishing new contacts and developing existing relationships.

The event also features many educational opportunities through its extensive program of presentations, panel discussions and satellite conferences on topics such as:

  • bio-informatics
  • broadband and wireless networks
  • business models
  • cost-benefit studies
  • current ehealth realizations and projects
  • developing countries and ehealth
  • distance education
  • ehealth integration into routine medical practice
  • electronic medical records
  • home monitoring and homecare applications
  • legal and ethical aspects
  • reimbursement issues
  • satellites and ehealth
  • standardization and interconnectivity
  • telemedicine applications and projects

The event is supported by a wide range of national and international associations, institutions and media who are equally involved in the research, development or funding of ehealth and telemedicine initiatives. Click here for a list of supporting organizations and media partners.

Call for Papers: MIE2009 - Medical Informatics in United and Healthier Europe

MIE2009 - Medical Informatics in United and Healthier Europe


European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI)30 August - 2 September, 2009, Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

The Medical Informatics Europe (MIE) Conference is the main scientific event in medical, biomedical, and health informatics, held every two years out of three in Europe. Scientific presentations are from more than 40 countries and all continents. Its attendance is around 500–1000 participants especially from 32 European member countries of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI).

Aim and scope
The main theme of MIE 2009 is Medical Informatics in United and Healthier Europe. New medical, biomedical, and health informatics bridges must be built between the western and eastern parts of the European world. For this purpose, a panel of high-level scientists and health care managers will be invited to participate and give keynote speeches, tutorials, and organise in-depth workshop discussions.

Online registration for submission of contributions for MIE 2009 is now open. Registration form will give you the log-in code for your personal pages on the website where you can submit contributions for the MIE 2009 peer-review process. This does NOT imply your registration for the conference, which will be open in due time.

Expected scientific contributions
Full papers: original scientific articles, 5 pages in the proceedings, indexed in MEDLINE, and on the conference CD-ROM, 20 minute presentations (incl. 5 minute discussions).
Submit an original scientific article, 5 pages long, abstract should be 8–20 lines long, provide 4–6 keywords, don’t forget results and conclusions.

Posters: original scientific articles, 5 pages in the proceedings, indexed in MEDLINE, and on the conference CD- ROM, poster presentations at the conference.
See full papers, in addition posters of size A1, or A0, or between will be presented in poster sessions.

Student papers: MSc and PhD study reports, selected by the SPC, 1 page in the proceedings, indexed in MEDLINE, and on the conference CD-ROM, 10 minute presentations (incl. 3 minute discussions). Submit a study report 1 page long, abstract should be 4–6 lines long, provide 2 or 3 keywords, a body of text, and 2 or 3 references.

Workshops: Proposals for workshops are solicited; workshop contributions receive up to 5 pages in the proceedings, indexed in MEDLINE, and on the conference CD-ROM. Send proposals to

[email protected]

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, written contributions see full papers.

Tutorials: Proposals for tutorials are solicited; the attendance of one tutorial is included in each full conference fee. Send proposals to

[email protected]

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Software demonstrations: Requests for theatre-style demonstrations are welcome. Send requests to

[email protected]

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Authors of best papers will be selected during the conference and invited to submit a thoroughly revised and extended version of their paper for publication in Methods of Information in Medicine, an official journal of the European Federation of Medical Informatics (EFMI).

Topics for MIE 2009

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biosignal processing
  • Decision support
  • Devices and sensors
  • Disease management
  • Electronic health record
  • Expert systems
  • Guidelines and protocols
  • Health information systems
  • Home-based eHealth
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Imaging and visualization
  • Impact and usability
  • Interoperability
  • Learning and education
  • Knowledge management
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Modelling and simulation
  • National eHealth roadmaps
  • Nursing informatics
  • Pan European-cross border applications
  • Patient safety
  • Personal health records
  • Pervasive healthcare
  • Privacy and security
  • Public health and consumer informatics
  • Quality assurance
  • Semantic web
  • Telemedicine
  • Trustful health information for citizens and patients
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Web 2.0 applications

Important dates
Submission of contributions: 19 January 2009
Notification of acceptance: 19 April 2009
Final manuscripts required: 10 May 2009

For further information, please visit:

Advances on Alzheimer’s medical investigation

Although nowadays the Alzheimer disease is incurable, scientists and other experts are working hard to develop new medicaments and treatments that can control or even stop the symptoms of this ailment.

The discovery of new biomarkers will allow foreseeing Alzheimer up to six years before it begins developing, according experts who participated in the XIII Alzheimer’s National Course held in Sitges, Spain

The chief of the Neurology Service of the Santa Cruz and San Pablo Hospital, from Barcelona, and co-director of the course, Dr. Rafael Blesa pointed that the diagnostic of the disease through neuro-image has been benefited by SPECT and cerebral PET contributions. “The possibility of observing the Amyloid deposit (main cause of cognitive deterioration characteristic of this dementia) with so much detail also will let the specialist to detect this pathology before it starts”, he marked.

In this way, scientists of the Corpuscular Physics Institute (CSIC-UV) of Valencia are developing a tomographic camera by positrons emission (PET camera) that will allow detecting “with the maximum resolution and sensitivity” Alzheimer’s disease five years before than any other currently known method.

A PET scan can detect mild physiological changes in the brain even when no signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are evident and before severe damage to brain cells and memory loss occur. PET scanning may help scientists to better understand the progression of Alzheimer and it can also be a valuable tool in differentiating this disease from other types of dementia disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease.

As we have already said, although there is currently no medicament that cures the disease, there are other medicines available useful to control the symptoms. The pharmacologic treatment includes two groups of medicaments: anticholinesterasics and memantine. Treatments that can reduce the speed of cognitive deterioration and that prolong functional capacity, can delay the moment of hospitalization and the need of individualised attention.

One of the main mechanisms involved in the origin of the disease is the lack of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that impinges greatly on brain processes and other cognitive functions. On affected persons it is usually implemented a pharmacological treatment with medicines that inhibit an enzyme called cholinesterase, whose main function is the acetylcholine decomposition. Therefore, the enzymatic activity of the cholinesterase makes worse the frame and the course of the brain pathology.

In United States waste water, researchers of the University and the Federal Polytechnic of Zurich (EFPZ) found a species of blue alga that contains a promising substance for Alzheimer’s. The substance found was already baptized with the name of nostocarboline, which derives from the name of the alga that contains it. This substance was analysed and according to the laboratory tests, it neutralizes the cholinesterase enzyme. Everything indicates that the new natural substance can be greatly beneficial for the individuals who suffer this ailment.

On the other hand and despite most advanced medicines have centred in eliminating the groups of beta amyloid protein that makes plates in the brain, experts are managing the first approximations to therapies that point to the toxic tangles generated by the abnormal accumulation of TAU protein, whose role is making connections between neurons become efficient.

One of them, the nasal aerosol made by Allon Therapeutics, improved some memory measurements in patients with light cognitive deterioration, which is a precursor of Alzheimer.

Another medicament, called Rember, an improved version of an old one used to treat infections of urinary tract developed by a scientific team of the University of Aberdeen, will not arrive to pharmacies at least up to 2012 but this summer it has provoked a big wave of expectation. Basically because it manages what none medicament has achieved until now in the war against Alzheimer: stopping the psychic deterioration of patients and achieving some of them recover abilities they had lost.

Among promising medicaments, we can find Dimebon, from Medivation Inc., developed in Russia as an antihistaminic. A study of 18 months with 183 patients showed that the medication is safe and generates lasting benefits. Nevertheless, how Dimebon exactly works is unknown. Experts point that it would protect the mitochondria, which are the neuralgic cells of energy, and that more studies are needed to demonstrate if Dimebon offers more benefits than medicaments currently available.

Related to new attempts that point to the beta amyloid a medicament called PBT2 is founded, from Prana Biotechnology Ltd., which searches avoiding this protein interacts with the brain’s copper and zinc, a process involved in the plate formation.

In another new approach, Baxter International Inc. pointed that the intravenous therapy with antibodies derived from human plasma called Gammagard helped to preserve, and in some case improved, the cognitive function in a nine month study.

While many years may pass until medicine finds a definitive cure for Alzheimer all these new discoveries give hope to a lot of persons that wait for a more natural and with better results alternative to face up the disease.


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