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University of Iowa News Release

May 3, 2005

Abstracts Being Accepted For Fall Rural Safety And Health Forum

Abstracts are now being accepted through July 1 for research or outreach presentations at this fall's Midwest Rural and Agricultural Safety and Health Forum, to be held Oct. 27-28 at the Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa.

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) and the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health will host the forum, titled, "Bridge Building...Research to Practice." The conference will help build and strengthen collaborative efforts between researchers, practitioners, agricultural producers and medical professionals.

The conference will include plenary sessions on translating research to practice and connecting researchers with practitioners to form a cooperative network to disseminate knowledge, implement interventions and create social and behavioral change. Topics to be covered include: acute injury; migrant and seasonal farm workers; rural mental health; pesticides, dust, gas and odor exposure; global trade and public health; environmental health; diverse populations in agriculture; and pharmaceutical production in transgenic animals.

Application forms for abstracts are available at the I-CASH Web site,, or by calling 319-335-4224. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are also available online. Visit the I-CASH Web site for a tentative agenda and additional details, as they become available. Conference registration materials will be posted on the I-CASH site, or are available by contacting Eileen Fisher at

I-CASH was established to enhance the health and safety of Iowa's agricultural community by establishing and coordinating prevention and education programs. The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health is a comprehensive facility to study and respond to the health and safety issues associated with the practice of agriculture.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032,; Program: Eileen Fisher, 319-335-4224,