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Preliminary Announcement
Third International Conference on Improving Use of Medicines (ICIUM 2011)
Place it on your calendars and in your diaries now!
When:  April 10th - 14th, 2011
Where: Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt
Who:    Policy makers, researchers, educators, practitioners, consumer 
advocates, international development workers, donors and others interested in 
state of the art approaches to improving the use of medicines.

In April 2011, members of the international community will assemble in 
Alexandria, Egypt for ICIUM 2011: Third International Conference on Improving 
Use of Medicines. Many colleagues working in the pharmaceutical field will 
remember the landmark ICIUM1997 and ICIUM2004 conferences (www.icium.org), 
which summarized the evolving state-of-the-art policies and interventions to 
improve use of medicines. 

ICIUM2011 will be as unique as its two predecessors.  The conference will again 
be highly interactive and designed to produce actionable results. Its focus 
will remain on presenting and summarizing knowledge about ways to improve 
medicines use and health, especially for vulnerable populations.  Participants 
will help to shape evidence-based policy recommendations and a future research 
agenda on these topics. The sequence of half-day sessions will be organized 
around different levels of the health care system, including: 1) international 
systems, programs and policies; 2) national systems, programs and policies; 3) 
health care and financing institutions; 4) health care providers; and 5) 
consumers and patients.  Concurrent topic tracks running through the days of 
the conference tentatively include: HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis; malaria; child 
health; chronic illness care; drug resistance; economics, financing, insurance 
systems; essential medicines structures and governance; pharmaceutical 
industry; and information technology for improving use of medicines.

Interested individuals will be invited to register for ICIUM2011 and to submit 
abstracts for consideration. Registration will be limited to about 500 
participants in order to encourage a high level of interactivity, and those 
with an accepted abstract will be given preference. A limited number of 
scholarships covering registration fees, travel, and hotel will be available to 
participants from poorer countries who have abstracts accepted or who are key 
policy makers.

The ICIUM 2011 web site with further detail about the conference agenda and 
logistics will be open by April 2010. Abstracts will need to be submitted 
before December 7th 2010.   

Keith Johnson
Center for Pharmaceutical Management
Management Sciences for Health
Arlington, VA USA

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