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UI to host international conference on agricultural medicine and health

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Agricultural medicine and health experts from more than a dozen countries will convene in Iowa City Sept. 7-9 as the University of Iowa hosts an international conference on issues related to global rural health and safety.

The 13th Congress of the International Association of Agricultural Medicine and Rural Health will bring together health care professionals, policy makers and administrators, researchers, occupational safety experts, and others interested in rural health and agricultural medicine. The focus of the conference will be on understanding how modern technology can be applied to resolving problems that affect the health and safety of those involved in agriculture throughout the world.

The event was organized by the UI Institute for Rural and Environmental Health (IREH), Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH), the Marshfield Medical Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wis., and the Northeast Center for Agricultural and Occupational Health in Cooperstown, N.Y. This is the first time the UI has hosted the congress, which meets in a different nation every three years.

"The congress provides a unique opportunity for attendees to share concerns of mutual interest," says Dr. L.W. "Pete" Knapp, UI professor emeritus in preventive medicine and environmental health and congress president. "In addition, exposure to UI programs like the Virtual Hospital will introduce them to a means of extending medical information to those in need, especially in less-developed countries, throughout the world."

The conference's scientific program, held at the Iowa Memorial Union, will feature keynote presentations, reports and announcements from congress members, and research paper and poster presentations. Topics will include ecology and rural health; disease trends in rural areas; pesticide exposure potentials and rural health; primary health care patterns in rural areas; food and nutritional problems in agricultural rural areas; and agricultural workers' sociological problems.

Tours of the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the IREH, and a presentation and workshop on the UI Virtual Hospital, a computerized, interactive database of medical information and services, are scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9.