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[e-drug] Invitation and call for abstracts UU-WHO winter meeting 12+13 Jan 2015

E-DRUG: Invitation and call for abstracts UU-WHO winter meeting 12+13 Jan 2015

Dear E-Druggers,

The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Regulation (head: 
Prof. Dr. Bert Leufkens) in collaboration with Dr. Gilles Forte (Department of 
Essential Medicines and Health Products, WHO) will organise a Winter Meeting 
for researchers in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis. As in previous 
years, we have chosen to combine a central theme and key note lectures on the 
first day with the opportunity for (young) researchers to discuss their work 
with peers on the second day of the meeting.
You are cordially invited to attend this meeting!

Contents of the meeting
The first day of the meeting will focus on “Social marketing in public health”. 
Commercial marketing techniques are increasingly applied to health problems. 
Collaboration with the private sector is for example used to maximise the 
impact of public sector or donor funds. The impact of social marketing is 
gaining interest, but study results tend to conflict. Does the concept of 
social marketing work in healthcare and if so, how? This topic is close to the 
work of one of the Centre’s PhD students, Peter Stephens, who will defend his 
thesis entitled “Access to Medicines: Common problems, Common solutions?” on 
the first day as well. All participants in the meeting are invited to attend 
this public event. Other invited speakers will present their views during 
plenary lectures and there will be ample room for discussions and sharing of 

On the second day of the meeting, submitted abstracts will be presented and 
discussed in the morning and afternoon (oral and poster presentations). 
Abstracts are not limited to the central theme of the first day; all research 
in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis is eligible for submission. The 
focus of the sessions will be on methods used or proposed. The presentations 
should be for a maximum time of 15 minutes and should be based on a maximum of 
10 PowerPoint slides. All sessions will be chaired by two senior researchers. 
Full papers should not be submitted in advance.

Abstracts for presentations

Abstracts should relate to planned or ongoing research and should at least 
state rationale, objective(s) and methods. Where possible early results can be 
presented. Abstracts should be in English. Text should not exceed 350 words. 
Abstracts for presentations must be submitted before 1 Dec 2014 using the 

This template can be found using the following link; 


You will be informed whether your abstract is accepted by 15 December. Only one 
abstract should be submitted from a single person because of the limited number 
of abstracts that can be presented.

Target group
The primary target group for participation in this winter meeting are Masters 
and PhD students directly related to or closely working with any WHO 
Collaborating Centre. However, other Masters and PhD students, post docs and 
(senior) researchers who have an interest in the policy aspects of 
pharmaceuticals are welcome to submit abstracts. The maximum number of 
participants is expected to be 50.

Meeting details
The first day of the conference will be held in the 
Faculty Club, 
Achter de Dom 7a, Utrecht, 
the Netherlands.

 Venue of the second day is the University Museum, Lange Nieuwstraat 106, 
Utrecht. The meeting will start 12 Jan 2014 at 10.00 am and will close at 16:00 
on 13 Jan 2014. 

The final programme will be based on abstract submissions and will be sent to 
all attendees before 1 Jan 2015.

Please register before 15 Dec 2014 through the following link; 


The meeting is free for all participants and will include coffee, tea, lunch, 
drinks on Monday and an abstract book.

Scholarships are not available. Please note that travel funding and 
accommodation are at participants’ own expenses. The meeting organisers will 
not be able to assist with accommodation or travel arrangements.

Contact information
Please send enquiries and abstracts to 
Rianne van den Ham (e-mail:  uu.who.wintermeeting@gmail.com)
 phone number; +31 (0)6 227 359 84).

Best wishes,

Aukje Mantel

Aukje Mantel-Teeuwisse, PhD
Director School of Pharmacy, Utrecht University 
Managing director WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and 
Regulation <http://www.pharmaceuticalpolicy.nl/>
Division Pharmacoepidemiology & Clinical Pharmacology | PO Box 80 082 | 3508 TB 
Utrecht | The Netherlands | Tel: +31 6 22736017 or +31 30 253 7324 (secretariat)

Visiting address:
David de Wied building | Universiteitsweg 99 | 3584 CG Utrecht | the Netherlands
"Mantel-Teeuwisse, A.K. (Aukje)" <A.K.Mantel@uu.nl>

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