Invited Call for Abstracts: Systems Science Applications in Childhood Obesity Research

Invited Call for Abstracts:
Systems Science Applications in Childhood Obesity Research
One Page Abstracts due: May 15, 2013
Manuscripts due: August 15, 2013

The American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) in collaboration with the Envision Network of the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR), the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health invites you to contribute an original research paper to a theme issue featuring systems science approaches to understanding obesity.

Systems Science as a Tool for Understanding Obesity
Traditional public health research methods are often unable to address the full complexity of pressing public health challenges such as obesity. “Systems science methodology” is an umbrella term to refer to a variety of methodologies that have been developed to understand the complex connections between a system’s structure and its behavior over time. Most of systems science is comprised of mathematical and computational modeling and simulation techniques. Systems science methodologies include (but are not limited to), agent-based modeling, microsimulation, system dynamics modeling, network analysis, discrete event analysis, Markov modeling, many operations research and engineering methods, and a variety of other approaches. Systems science approaches are useful for modeling complex, interactive health phenomena and the social, physical, and organizational settings in which responses to those challenges occur.

For this theme issue we seek papers which:
* apply systems science approaches to obesity-related research questions
* feature statistical modeling approaches (a limited number of such papers will be considered)
* include full simulations
* address policy-relevant obesity questions
* address childhood obesity; however, submissions treating the subject of adult obesity are also welcome.
* are consistent with the goals of AJPH and which appeal to public health researchers, practitioners, and policymakers

Manuscript Proposals and Paper Submission
Interested authors should send a one-page description of the proposed paper and a list of co-authors to the Guest Editors (below) by COB Wednesday, May 15. Earlier submissions are encouraged. Authors will be notified by Wednesday, May 22nd of the Guest Editors’ interest in considering their full paper for the theme issue.

To be considered for inclusion in this theme issue manuscripts should be formally submitted by August 15, 2013 via the AJPH online submission system. All papers will undergo review by the AJPH editors, guest editors, and peer referees, per AJPH policy. The AJPH web site provides detailed instructions for authors: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/userimages/ContentEditor/1318438422261/Instructions_for_Authors.pdf .

Guest Editors
Patricia L. Mabry, Ph.D.
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
National Institutes of Health
E-mail: mabryp@od.nih.gov

Regina Bures, Ph.D.
Population Dynamics Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
E-mail: regina.bures@nih.gov

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