Society for Community Health Awareness Research and Action [SOCHARA] is an independent  non-government organisation registered under Karnataka Societies Registration Act 17A(1960).


NBCIndian Journal of Medical Ethics (www.ijme.in)


 Dates: December 11, 12 & 13, 2014

 Venue: St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore

 Theme:  The theme of the Fifth NBC 2014 is “Integrity in health care practices and research, and would cover the following sub-themes:

(a) Integrity and upholding trust of patients in medical care;

(b) Ethical imperatives of integrity in public health practices and health systems;

(c) Integrity in health care research (misconducts-plagiarism, data fabrication/ falsification, etc);

(d) Conflict of Interest in health care practices and measures needed,

(e) Curricular frameworks in ethics to ensure integrity in health care, public health and research;

(f) International symposium on December 13 on Corruption in health care and medicine

Six plenary sessions, including those in the International Symposium will feature 18 key note addresses and a panel discussion by well-known national and international experts on the theme and sub-themes of the conference. In each plenary session some time for questions and discussion will be available.


In addition, the Fifth NBC 2014 will also have scientific sessions where individuals and groups working in the field of bioethics will be able to make presentation of papers (both oral and posters) and organize workshops on any relevant topic in the field of bioethics (not necessarily connected to the conference theme or sub-themes). Parallel groups sessions, two each for oral/poster paper presentations and workshops will be organized on the first two days of the conference and one joint parallel groups session for oral paper presentations and workshops will be organized on the third day. Totally 36 to 42 abstracts for oral paper presentation and 12 to 20 abstracts for poster presentations; and 10 to 12 abstracts or proposals for the organization of workshops will be selected.

We invite all interested individuals and groups to submit abstracts for paper presentations and proposals for the organization of workshops, by email to nbc@stjohns.in

Guidelines for abstracts & proposals for the workshops:

Abstracts that critically discuss cutting edge themes and concepts in bioethics, and those that describe research findings or project outcomes will be selected. Conformity to the prescribed format, however, is essential.

Format – Please provide the following details in each abstract/workshop proposal:

(1) Title;

(2) Authors/Speakers, Designation and Institutional Affiliation (if any): Please list authors in order (First Author/Speaker to Last);

(3) Background and Purpose;

(4) If applicable, description of research method and ethical issues/dilemmas inquired into;

(5) Results of research or outcome of ethical inquiry, if applicable;

(6) Discussion (relate to bioethics principles, theories, and frameworks) and implications for bioethics; (7) Preferred mode of presentation-only applicable for paper presentation abstracts (Tick): Oral /Poster/ Either;

(8) Name of person presenting the paper at the NBC/contact person for workshop/symposia;

(9) Maximum number of words (parts 3-6 above) is 500.

The Scientific Committee of the conference will use, among others, four main criteria for reviewing the abstracts: (a) Relevance; (b) Clarity of ideas; (c) Originality; and (4) Methodological Rigor. The decision of the scientific committee in selection of abstracts will be final.

Deadline for the receipt of abstracts: 31st July, 2014

Please send your abstracts for paper presentation and proposals for workshops to the Organising Secretaries, Fifth NBC 2014, by email at: nbc@stjohns.in

Conference Registration and Registration Fees

Details about the registration can by viewing the brochure here. The conference registration fees:

For Indian and developing countries participants is: Rs. 1500; For Students: Rs. 750.

For Developed countries participants: US $ 100; For Students: US $ 50

Accommodation: Those who need accommodation, please contact the Secretariat.

Conference Organisers:

Organising Secretaries: Ravindran G.D.; Thelma Narayan

Organising Committee:Anuradha Bose, Prabha Chandra, Sugandhi D’souza, Christiane Fischer, Amar Jesani, Sanjiv Lewin, Mario Vaz, Sanjay Pai, Rema Devi, Jayashree Ramakrishna, K. Srinivasan, George Thomas. Adithya Pradyumna

Scientific committee: Sunita Simon and others (to be announced)

Local Organisers: Accommodation: Vanamala and team; Communication: Jyothi Iduculla and team;

Registration: Rema Devi and team; Venue: Johnson Pradeep and team


Secretaries: Ms. Mary (+91-9480337030) and Ms. Praveena (+91-9611412146);Office of the IEC, First Floor, Library Building, St. John’s Medical college, Koramangala, Bangalore 560064, Karnataka. Tel: +91-80-46466346/25634123/22065834. Email: nbc@stjohns.in

Conference Hosts and Collaborators

St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences

SOCHARA–Society for Community Health Awareness, Research and Action

Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES)

(International Symposium in collaboration with MEZIS Germany

For full details, also read the brochure (click to read).


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