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50th Annual Scientific Meeting
October 1 - 4, 2015
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
Fort Myers, Florida

The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) is pleased to announce that abstracts for oral presentations are being accepted for its 50th Annual Scientific Meeting.

Abstracts which do not meet the submission requirements will not be accepted for review by the Abstract Review Committee.

MAN AND THE ENVIRONMENT:

What is the total body burden? How can we improve health and wellbeing?


STATEMENT OF NEED:

There is a growing public interest in the impact of the environment on health - the many ways in which environmental toxins, toxicants and drugs affect mankind. Numerous chemicals and other environmental stressors have their main effect on either the nervous or the immune system. Each in turn modulates the other system. This process of altering the bidirectional interactions between the nervous and immune systems to cause the dysregulation of both is called Neuroimmunotoxicity.

Numerous exposures are implicated as causes of neuroimmunotoxicity. Environmental agents include:

  • Naturally-occurring and manmade chemicals
  • Heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Petroleum products and exhausts
  • Fragrances
  • Biologicals, such as infections, parasites and biotoxins


Other potentially deleterious mediators include

  • Drugs of use and abuse;
  • GMO and manufactured foods, food additives and inappropriate dietary composition
  • Psychological disorders: Stress, fear and chronic pain

Physical stressors such as noise, radiation, and electromagnetic frequencies have their main effect on the immune or nervous system, resulting modulation of other systems.

Environmental agents are not received as a single isolated exposure and can have compounded influences. The term "toxic" is often interpreted as poisonous effect causing cellular, tissue, or organ system-death. However, a toxic event can simply induce malfunction, leading to a disease without cell death.

The blood brain barrier is now recognized as being penetrable. Alterations of central nervous system biochemical processes can culminate in an exaggerated or suppressed peripheral immune response. In turn, peripheral immune responses can modify CNS reactivity to toxic exposures.

Various commonly used chemicals act as endocrine disruptors and also have neurotoxic and neuroimmune effects. Neuroendocrine changes can even result from changes of the microbiome from medication, diet and trauma. The neuroendocrine-immune consequences of environmental toxicant exposures influence genetic and epigenetic expression of phenotype.

Understanding the history of medicine, it is no surprise to observe new maladies as new civilizations emerge and technological/ social-evolutionary changes occur. Epidemiological comparisons of illness and toxicant exposures seem to indicate this is man's ongoing, and increasing dilemma.

Applying the classification of "somatic disorder" to such maladies as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, fibromyalgia and the Gulf War Syndrome reveals a lack of understanding of the causes and true nature of the pathological processes. Similarly, autism, autoimmune diseases and idiopathic environmental disorders show the lack of an etiological diagnosis.

With increased understanding, as we uncover how a chemical can alter one organ that influences another, causing disease, we will be better able to eliminate medical terms such as idiosyncratic and psychosomatic, which are often used when the etiology is elusive.

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GOALS OF THE CONFERENCE

  • Analyze current knowledge and information about the role of immune modulation in neurological disease states.
  • Recognize, assess, and treat many common disorders as related to various pyscho/neuro/endocrine/immune functions.
  • Recognize the role that food, manufactured food additives, infections and microbial byproducts have upon neurological function, including, but not limited to, Borrelia, related bacteria, and viruses.
  • Modulate the immune system to prevent and treat autoimmunity.
  • Develop practical treatments that physicians and other healthcare professionals can implement to begin improving treatment outcomes for patients.


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    TIMELINE:

    • Monday, March 2, 2015 -- Abstracts Due at AAEM Central Office
    • Monday, May 4, 2015 -- Notification of acceptance/elimination of abstract
    • Monday, August 10, 2015 -- Powerpoint presentation submission deadline
      Email presentation to administrator@aaemonline.org. Changes may not be made to content, presenters, slides or delivery after upload.
    • October 1 - 4, 2015 -- Live presentations



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    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GENERAL INFORMATION:

    The Call for Abstracts is now open! Abstracts should focus on research, diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune and other neurotoxic, neurodegenerative, neuroendocrine, neuroimmune, and behavioral [e.g., autism] disorders. The planning committee is looking for basic and clinical medial science research, clinical outcome studies, meta-analyses, documented case presentations, and clinically useful insights concerning the diagnosis and treatment of all autoimmune and neurological disorders.

    Members of the Abstract Review Committee will evaluate the quality of the submitted abstracts on the basis of the following criteria: 1) novelty of the research/treatment, 2) significance of the findings, 3) clarity, and 4) relevance to the conference theme. Authors should be particularly cognizant of the importance of setting forth three objectives of the presentation in a clear, succinct manner. If the abstract is poorly written, such that the Abstract Review Committee cannot determine its novelty and importance, or three objectives are not included, the abstract will not be accepted for presentation at the Conference.

    Authors should keep in mind that all presentations must be evidence- or clinical observation-based, show references/citations, disclose any financial interest, disclose off-label use of drugs, and provide a balanced view of any protocols versus alternative. Each diagnostic or treatment presentation must provide "how-to" guidelines that the attendee may be able to take home and implement in their practices, unless special training is required in which case that information should be provided.

    Only high-impact and/or high innovation abstracts dealing with the modalities and concepts of environmental medicine will be selected for oral presentation.

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    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

    The deadline for abstracts for the AAEM 50th Annual Scientific Meeting is Monday, March 2, 2015 11:59PM CST.

    The abstract should comply with the ethics of scholarly activities in general and should be free of commercial bias.

    The authors must disclose any conflicts of interest as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

    Authors must indicate whether the abstract material has been presented at other scientific meetings. Special consideration will be given to abstracts and presentations that are unique to this conference.

    If the research has been accepted for publication or has been recently published, it is the author's responsibility to comply with the journal copyright rules.

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    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    1. Non-research abstracts should contain:
      1. An introductory sentence describing the background of the presentation.
      2. A brief description of main concepts; and
      3. Three (3) educational objectives of the presentation.
    2. Research abstracts should contain:
      1. Background: an introductory sentence indicating the purpose(s) of the study;
      2. Methods: a brief description of pertinent methodological procedures;
      3. Three (3) educational objectives of the presentation.
    3. Authors must accept sole responsibility for the statement in their abstracts. Abstracts should be carefully proofread to avoid errors in the published literature.
    4. Abstracts must be submitted in a Microsoft Word file, single-spaced, using font name Arial and font size 12.
    5. Abstracts should contain citations.
    6. Abstract body should not exceed 250 words.
    7. All communication will be with the primary author only.
    8. The abstract format should be:
      1. TITLE OF ABSTRACT
      2. List of authors with their affiliations, city, state/province, and country.
      3. Abstract (200 words)
      4. Educational Objectives

    NON-RESEARCH ABSTRACT SAMPLE

    ABSTRACT TITLE (CAPS, Arial, 14pt, Bold, Centered)

    Author Name (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    Affiliations (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    City, State/Province (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    Country (Arial, 12pt, Centered)

    BACKGROUND: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    Briefly describe the purpose of the presentation in this section. The key is to be clear and concise. (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    CONCEPTS: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    The main concepts of the presentation are briefly described in this section. (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    Three educational objectives should be listed here. Use number format. At the end of the presentation the attendee should be able to: (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    The authors must disclose any conflicts of interest as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (i.e., AUTHOR receives compensation from XYZ company as a consultant).

    *Please ensure title, authors, affiliations, city, state/province and country are centered; all other test should be left justified*

    RESEARCH ABSTRACT SAMPLE

    ABSTRACT TITLE (CAPS, Arial, 14pt, Bold, Centered)
    Author Name (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    Affiliations (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    City, State/Province (Arial, 12pt, Centered)
    Country (Arial, 12pt, Centered)

    BACKGROUND: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    Briefly describe the purpose of the study in this section. The key is to be clear and concise. The required information can be provided in several sentences that guide the reader and provide a framework for the study. (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    METHODS: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    The methods are briefly described in this section. Only one or two sentences should be used to describe the methods used in general terms. (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    RESULTS: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    The results section should provide a clearly organized report of the data collected during the study. Ensure the correct units are used with numerical data, and provide statistical significance where possible. Any representation of the data is possible, including graphical or tabular data. Images may also be used, but in general the number of characters used in the abstract should be reduced accordingly if images, tables or graphs occupy space with the abstract. Please note that all graphs or images count as four words. (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    Three educational objectives should be listed here. Use number format. At the end of the presentation the attendee should be able to: (Arial, 12pt, Left Justified)

    POTENTIAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST: (CAPS, Arial, 12pt, Bold, Left Justified)
    The authors must disclose any conflicts of interest as required by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (i.e., AUTHOR receives compensation from XYZ company as a consultant).

    *Please ensure title, authors, affiliations, city, state/province and country are centered; all other test should be left justified*

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    SUMMARY: IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND DATES

    Due Monday, March 2, 2015

    • Abstract. Your abstract should be about 200 words. Per ACCME requirements, please include three objectives (numbered 1,2,3) of your presentation at the end of the abstract. Abstracts will not be accepted without three objectives.
    • Bio . A brief biography of your credentials and background, about 150 words. An entire CV is too large and will not be accepted.
    • A digital photo . Head shot, in JPG form (80 kb or better)
    • Your contact information . Name of clinic/lab/company, address, phone email, and website as you want it to be included in the program. Personal email and cell phone for conference staff only to use to contact you.
    • Submit your abstract to: administrator@aaemonline.org

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    • Notification . Authors will be notified of the acceptance/elimination of their abstracts.
    • Presentation packets will be emailed to you . If your abstract was accepted for presentation, we will email you a presentation packet that will have the pertinent details you need to finalize your CME presentation.

    Monday, August 10, 2015

    • PowerPoint presentation submission deadline . Once submitted, all PowerPoint presentations must be reviewed for ACCME compliance. Your reviewer will be identified and will submit back to you any corrects or additional information needed to finalize your presentation. NOTE: Once your presentation is reviewed and approved, no changes will be allowed!