1st International Conference on Non-communicable Diseases (ICONiC)
Lessons learned from non-communicable diseases research and practice to improve population health

May, 19th-20th 2015 Cluj-Napoca, Romania



The conference provides a forum that enables practitioners and researchers to share their experience in non-communicable diseases research and practice, and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, practitioners and service users in the field of non-communicable diseases.

The conference aims to:

  • Promote international collaboration on non-communicable diseases research and practice;
  • Increase awareness on the impact of behavioral and social determinants on non-communicable diseases;
  • Increase awareness on the impact of behavioral and social determinants on non-communicable diseases;
  • Identify strategies to involve the community in preventing non-communicable diseases;
  • Discuss strategies in the prevention of non-communicable diseases;
  • Identify priorities in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Abstract submissions are welcomed on original research topics concerning non-communicable diseases, as well as best practices and lessons learned from interventions to prevent and/or manage non-communicable diseases. The focus of the conference consists of main non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer) and main associated risk factors (nutrition and physical activity, tobacco consumption, alcohol abuse).

Conference Venue:

Hotel Opera Plaza, 10 – 12 General Traian Mosoiu Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Important deadlines

Abstract submission: March 29th – NOW CLOSED
Scholarship application: March 29th – NOW CLOSED
Conference registration: April 25th
Conference payment: April 25th

Scholarship opportunity

The conference offers a limited number of participation fee waivers (scholarship covering the conference fee) for participants accepted with a presentation in the conference program. Both oral as well as poster presentations are eligible. These scholarships are awarded to individuals based on the quality of abstracts submitted, as reviewed by the Conference Scientific Committee. The applicant must have submitted a meritorious abstract to be presented at the conference (as reviewed and programmed by the Conference Scientific Committee). The abstract has to be accepted into the conference program in order for the applicant to qualify for the scholarship.

How to apply?

After submitting the abstract, the applicant must send an email to iconic@publichealth.ro expressing interest to be considered for the scholarship, in case their abstract is accepted. If the applicant does not send an email expressing interest in applying for the scholarship/participation fee waiver, the applicant will not be considered for the scholarship.

Applicants qualifying for the scholarship will receive a notification in the abstract acceptance/rejection email.

Conference Program

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Fuortes Laurence Fuortes, BS, MD, MS

Associate Director, University Employee Health Clinic Director, University Occupational Health Services Clinic
Professor of Occupational & Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa
Professor of Epidemiology, College of Public Health, Internal Medicine, International Programs, University of Iowa



Dr. Fuortes’ research interests and current projects focus on occupational and environmental toxicology and prevention, particularly occupational lung diseases, cancers, neurotoxicity, and asthma; epidemiology of work-related injury among university employees; evaluation of the prevalence and causes of lead over-exposure and toxicity in the construction industry; evaluation of association between drinking water radon and radium concentrations and distribution system parameters.

Most of his recent work has revolved around medical screening of former atomic weapons workers in Iowa being currently involved in the development of occupational health surveillance systems and epidemiologic evaluation of health outcomes in Burlington, Iowa, and of atomic weapons manufacturers and expansion of these activities to Department of defense contract workers.

He is also an occupational health consultant and educator to local industries and labor organizations and he is assisting Indiana State Police in evaluation of epidemiology of ICU mortality in a community hospital as part of a serial-murder investigation. Moreover, he works on modifying existing Iowa Legislative language regarding Workers’ Compensation Eligibility such as to not preclude eligibility for workers’ developing or being diagnosed with occupational diseases with a greater than one year latency after last documented occupational exposure.


razvan chereches Razvan M. Chereches, MD, PhD

Associate Professor in Health Policy, Center for Health Policy and Public Health, Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca
Adjunct Assistant-Professor, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

Dr. Cherecheş is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Health Policy and Public Health (CHPPH), Institute for Social Research, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, which he had founded in 2005. Beside his activity as a manager of CHPPH, where is leading a continuously growing team, he undertakes research activities and mentors each year numerous interns and students from abroad.

Until now, he has coordinated 16 research projects as a principle investigator, projects that tackled a variety of Public Health topics. Dr. Cherecheș has also set up the framework of the first undergraduate programme in Public Health – Center for Health Policy and Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. This program started in 2012 and is available not only for students in Romania but also for international students.

Additionally, Dr. Cherecheș is an experienced expert evaluator, member in several national and international Evaluation Committees:  Romanian National Authority for Scientific Research (since 2006), Executive Agency for Health and Consumers – European Commission (since 2009), National Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals (since 2010), Erasmus – Mundus Programme – European Commission (since 2010), Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – European Commission (since 2010), Tempus & Bilateral Cooperation with Industrialized Countries Program – European Commission (since 2010), Leonardo da Vinci Programme – European Commission (since 2010).

Daniel Kotz, PhD

Clinical epidemiologist at the Institute of General Practice, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, GermanyMaastricht University, the Netherlands; University College London, UK; University of Edinburgh, UK

Research interests of Dr. Kotz include nicotine and tobacco addiction (effectiveness of behavioural and pharmacological treatments), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (prediction modelling, early detection, prevention) and clinical epidemiology (research methodology and reporting). He is co-founder of the Netherlands Network of Tobacco Research (www.nnvt.org), has served as Board Member for the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe (www.srnteurope.org) and is participant in the Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership Programme (www.phc.ox.ac.uk). He is Assistant Editor of Addiction (www.addictionjournal.org) and the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology (www.jclinepi.com). His publications in leading international journals include a series on effective writing and publishing scientific papers (www.jclinepi.com/content/jce-Writing-Tips-Series).

01 Cristian I. Meghea, PhD

NIH-funded Assistant Professor, Institute for Health Policy and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University

Dr. Meghea’s research focuses on using the prenatal and perinatal period as a window of opportunity to improve the long-term health of mothers and their children. He brings quantitative skills and data analysis expertise to this field of research. His expertise is in maternal and child health, global health, health services research, health policy, and women’s health. Dr. Meghea was recently awarded a 5-year K01 career development award from National Institutes of Health for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in US and Romania leading to an independent research career focused on global health.

David Osterberg, MA, MS

Clinical Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa

Professor Osterberg’s work in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health encompasses public policy in the fields of both environmental health and environmental quality. He teaches a seminar in environmental health policy as well as the department’s only undergraduate course, an introduction to occupational and environmental health. He specializes in research translation and community engagement for two federally funded centers, the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center and the Superfund Center. In addition, Prof. Osterberg is part of the Training Core for the Superfund Center.

His accomplishments in service activities and specifically in engagement outside the University have been recognized by the College of Public Health with the 2009 Faculty Service Award and the 2011 Board of Advisors Award for Faculty Achievement in Community Engagement. In addition to his work at the University of Iowa, Prof. Osterberg is the founder and past executive director of the Iowa Policy Project, a non-profit policy research organization.

Edith Parker, MPH, DrPH

Professor and Department Head, Community and Behavioral Health,  College of Public Health, University of IowaDirector, Prevention Research Center for Rural Health, University of Iowa

Dr. Parker’s research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of community health promotion interventions to improve health status and reduce racial disparities in health, as well as translating and disseminating research findings for program and policy change. She serves as an invited member of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Advisory Committee for Environmental Policy and Technology and is considered an expert on community-based participatory research.

Anne Wallis, MHS, PhD 
 Cluj School of Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babeș-Bolyai University

Dr. Anne Wallis is a reproductive and social epidemiologist with a particular interest in global women’s health. She is PI of the Cluj School of Public Health’s MAIA study on pregnancy in Romania. She has taught at the University of Iowa, James Madison University, and Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wallis has ongoing research projects in Romania, India, and the US. She is a Fulbright fellow with an upcoming project with Yerevan State Medical University in Armenia. Dr. Wallis was trained in reproductive and perinatal health at Johns Hopkins University (MHS, PhD). She is a consulting epidemiologist working on national evaluations of maternal and child health programs and with Elsevier Publishing’s Evidence Based Medicine group in Philadelphia. She lives with her family in Iowa City.

AlinaRusu Alina S. Rusu, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University
Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education, Babes-Bolyai University

Alina S. Rusu (biologist and psychologist) has received her PhD title in Natural Sciences (Animal Behavior) in 2004 at University of Zürich, Switzerland. After a training course in Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities (Delta Society and University of Northern-Texas, USA), Alina Rusu has initiated for the first time in Romania a post-graduate course in the field of Animal Assisted Activities and Therapy, with applicability at level of increasing the quality of life in humans and animals.  Currently, Alina Rusu is Associate Professor at the Department of Special Education (Faculty of Psychology and Sciences of Education) and coordinator of Office for Students with Disabilities of Babeș-Bolyai University. In terms of profession, she combines ideas and models from animal life with knowledge about human emotions and behavior.

Adrian_Copcea Adrian Copcea, MD

Diabetes, Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases, Asteco Medical Center, Cluj-Napoca

Dr. Copcea’s current activity as a diabetologist and nutritionist focuses on the importance of multidisciplinary practical approach in obesity, diabetes and metabolic diseases. A various clinical experience in hospitals in Cluj-Napoca, Bucharest (Romania) and Strasbourg (France) has been the basis for the passion for interdisciplinary fields such as: nutrition in human pathology, functional insulin therapy, physiology of appetite and cardiodiabetology. Along with studies and degrees in nutrition, internal medicine and biostatistics, Dr Copcea has been involved over the past years both in daily practice as a physician and in public initiatives.










Writing and submitting the abstract

Download the guidelines from here.

Abstract submission is now closed. Please check back for the full program!


Evaluation procedure:

All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the International Scientific Committee.
Each abstract will be reviewed according to the following criteria:
1) Is the topic addressed relevant at national/international level?
2) Is the design of the study appropriate?
3) Have the data been collected and processed?
4) Are there (preliminary) results?
5) Does the study provide new insights in the field of the study?
6) Are the results relevant and national and/or international level?

Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their abstract(s) by April 15th 2015.


General information

Each oral presentation sessions will last for 120 minutes and will consist of five papers per session. The time allowed for each presentation is 20 minutes. At the end of the oral presentation session, 20 minutes will be allocated for audience questions and discussion.

Posters will be exposed throughout the conference and will be presented in poster sessions.

Presenting authors must pay the conference registration fee and fill in the registration form before the established deadlines. Otherwise, their presentations will be excluded from the conference program.

To change the presenting author for a presentation, please contact the ICONiC organizing committee.

Download the information for oral and poster presentations from here.

Participation in the conference is accredited with nine EMC points by the Romanian College of Physicians.

Early bird registration fees (deadline April 20th 2015):

For students enrolled in an educational program (BA, MA, PhD, Medical Residency) – 50 €.

For researchers and practitioners – 100 €.

Registration fees (deadline April 25th 2015):

For students enrolled in an educational program (BA, MA, PhD, Medical Residency) – 75 €.

For researchers and practitioners – 150 €.

Registration is now closed.

Further details of the conference, including travel and accommodation directions, are available here.


To get in touch with our Organizing Committee, use the following data:

Phone: (+40) 264-402 215
Fax: (+40) 264-402 215
E-mail:  iconic@publichealth.ro

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