Communication and Medicine

COMET Society

Aims and Purpose of COMET

The COMET Society exists to promote the dissemination of high quality research in interpersonal, mass communication, and practical ethics relevant to healthcare practitioners.

The successful launch in 2003 of a series of annual international COMET conferences, together with the publication of the journal Communication & Medicine since 2004, has provided two important foci for the work of scholars who share the society’s interest in increasing the visibility of this unique community of interdisciplinary scholars and their shared ‘passions’ through a carefully tailored free-access website that maximizes dialogue between research, education and healthcare sectors and the wider public.

COMET is co-ordinated by Srikant Sarangi (Danish Institute of Humanities and Medicine (DIHM), Aalborg University (Denmark).The Health Communication Research Centre (HCRC), Cardiff initially acted as the host institution for the Society.


COMET membership includes a subscription to the academic journal Communication & Medicine published by Equinox as well as a discounted registration fee at the annual conference, access to the COMET listserv, opportunities to promote publications/programs at conferences and workshops. the provision of regular email messages about special events and opportunities, as well as updates and additions to the Society website such as notices of current listings of relevant employment/research opportunities.

To become a member, please visit the journal site.

Annual Conference

The Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) evolved in 2003 at Cardiff (UK) to bring together communication researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from healthcare specialities to the human and social sciences. Following the overwhelming success of the first conference (attended by more than 200 participants from 20 countries), which was hosted by the Health Communication Research Centre at Cardiff University, COMET has now established itself as an annual interdisciplinary, international event.

2017 Conference

The 15th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication, Medicine and Ethics (COMET) will be held at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA, on June 26-28

The conference aims to bring together scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds, involving various healthcare specialities and the human and social sciences. A special emphasis will be on the dissemination of ongoing research in language/discourse/communication studies in relation to healthcare education, patient participation and professional ethics.

Please visit the conference website for all details about the conference and to register.

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