Hold the Door against Injury and Disease

The 2nd edition of the International Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (ICONiC): Hold the Door against Injury and Disease ended after three days of amazing and provoking presentations and workshops. This edition of the conference brought together in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, during May 22nd – 24th, 130 specialists from Albania, Armenia, Georgia, Romania, the Republic of Moldova, the United States of America and the United Kindgom. ICONiC 2017 covered two major challenges included in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: non-communicable diseases and violence and injury prevention.

This edition of the conference marked not only over a decade of collaborations on a National Institutes of Health non-communicable diseases grant but also the kick off the new iCREATE injury grant. Moreover, ICONiC 2017 provided a forum that enabled practitioners, researchers, business developers, health advocates, and service users to share new research trends and evidence-based practices in the fields of non-communicable diseases and of violence and injury prevention.


The conference was jointly organized by the Center for International Rural and Environmental Health and the Injury Prevention Research Center – College of Public Health – University of Iowa, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health – College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences – Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. ICONiC 2017 was funded by the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, US through the following training programs: Iowa Non-Communicable Chronic Diseases Research Training Program in Romania (RO-CDIRT – 1D43TW008308-01A1) and Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe (iCREATE – 2D43TW007261-11).