17th World Congress on Psychosomatic medicine (ICPM2003)

Venue: Hilton Waikoloa Village

Location: Waikoloa, Hawaii,

Event Date/Time: Aug 23, 2003 End Date/Time: Aug 28, 2003
Early Registration Date: May 01, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 01, 2003
Paper Submission Date: Apr 01, 2003
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Congress Theme:
Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine Around the World:
Progress in the integration of biological, psychological, and sociocultural
factors in health and disease

The International College of Psychosomatic Medicine was founded in 1970 to
stimulate international collaboration in research and clinical practice incorporating the principles of psychosomatic medicine. Every two years a World Congress is held to foster this collaboration and provide a forum to highlight recent developments in psychosomatic medicine, a multidisciplinary field that encompasses research into the interrelationships of biological, psychological, and social factors in health and disease, and fosters a holistic approach to the care of patients.

The 17th World Congress on psychosomatic medicine will be held in Waikoloa,
Hawaii, USA, August 23rd to 28, 2003. An international advisory board is
composed of outstanding scientists, clinicians, and educators from throughout
the world. The meeting will include plenary sessions, symposia, workshops, oral presentations, and posters. Opportunities to meet and interact with international colleagues will be facilitated through scientific exchange and an extensive social program. There will also be
opportunities to see the many marvelous sights and to participate in exciting
activities unique to the big Island of Hawaii.

The scientific and educational areas of the Congress will cover current areas of particular interest in psychosomatic medicine, such as: psychophysiology; comorbidities and interactions related to depression and medical illness; pharmacotherapies; psychotherapies; psychoneuroimmunology; psychooncology; delirium; chronic pain; chronic fatigue; coronary heart disease; women’s health; age and gender interactions with health and disease; sexual dysfunctions; gastrointestinal disorders; organ transplantation; somatization; eating disorders; the sick role and illness behavior; the doctor-patient relationship; behavioral health care; palliative care; psychonephrology; psychodermatology; primary care and psychosomatic medicine; psychiatry of the medically ill; cultural influences on medical practice.

The official language will be English.

Hawaii is a unique paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Its peoples
form a harmonious mixture of many ethnic groups, none of which is a majority.
Its land mass is compressed into several small islands, but these include the
world's most beautiful beaches, high mountains, stony deserts, tropical rain
forests, waterfalls, lush valleys, and an almost perfect climate with moderate
temperatures and cooling breezes throughout the year.

Among the several populated Hawaiian Islands is the big Island of Hawaii, the
site of the 17th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine. Attractions include
one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea, and its incredible lava
fields. The island has two giant mountains, reaching almost 14,000 ft. above
sea level, making them the largest island-based mountains on earth. Waipio
Valley with its amazing vegetation is surrounded by cliffs that reach 2,000 ft.
and include 1,200-ft. cascading waterfalls. One can see paniolos (Hawaiian
Cowboys) at work at the famous Parker Ranch, the world's largest privately owned
cattle ranch. There are many other wonderful attractions. Activities abound,
including golfing on world-class courses, ocean swimming, kayaking, deep sea fishing, shopping, viewing the historical petroglyphs and heiaus, and much more. Superb restaurants
offer international menus.

Nestled on the ocean on the big Island of Hawaii's spectacular Kohala Coast, with the giant Mauna Kea in the background, is the lush Hilton Waikoloa Village Hotel. This is one of the
world's finest resort hotels with tropical gardens, exotic wildlife, cascading waterfalls, tranquil lagoons and waterways, playful dolphins, three swimming pools, beautifully appointed
guest rooms, two championship golf courses, world-class tennis, the elemental pleasures of Kohala Spa, nine distinctive restaurants, Hawaiian cultural activities, a year-round Camp Menehune children's program, shops with everything from artwork to Aloha shirts, and so much more. In addition to its fabulous facilities and incredible grounds, it boasts a museum walkway with a $7 million collection of Pacific Rim art. Its superb conference facilities are beautifully integrated into the hotel.

Address: 17th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine, Queen’s Office of CME,
Harkness 117, 1301 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813, USA
PHONE: 808-537-7009
FAX: 808-547-4031

The 2nd announcement will include forms for registration and abstract submission. It will be distributed approximately September 2002.


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