The 15th International Congress on Circumpolar Health in Fairbanks, Alaska, August 2012.
The 15th tri-annual ICCH-conference was held in Fairbanks, Alaska this August. Many of the Network’s members were present, so bear with me for my interpretation, but generally the congress was (as every ICCH) a very important venue for dissemination and sharing of circumpolar health information, and also a very well organised and successfull congress. A little statistical information from an epidemiologist’ reading of abstract book and registration list: There were 536 registered participants from 13 countries with most from the USA (265) and fewest from New Zealand, Israel, Japan, and Cameroon (1 from each). There were 1 opening ceremony, 1 closing ceremony, 9 keynote talks, 15 featured topics, 4 featured films, 303 accepted abstracts, 59 concurrent oral sessions, 10 poster sessions, 21 affiliated meetings, 4 wellness walks, 5 sponsored breakfast buffets, 4 sponsored lunches, 1 welcome reception, 1 evening banquet, and 1 wheel ferry ride with the famous Alaskan singer Hobo Jim!
Focus of the ICCH congresses is health in circumpolar areas in its broadest sense. The congresses are organised by the International Union for Circumpolar Health, an international non-governmental organization, with members, adhering bodies, and affiliates throughout the circumpolar regions, and a local organising committee. The congresses welcome all interested and/or engaged in circumpolar health.
The next ICCH congress will take place in Oulu, Finland, 2015.
Anders Koch, MD, PhD, MPH
Vice President, IUCH