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2014 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Groningen, the Netherlands

The International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), the Netherlands Behavioral Medicine Federation and Department of Health Sciences of the University of Groningen are pleased to announce that the 2014 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine will take place in Groningen, the Netherlands from 20-23 August 2014.

Keynote presentations:

  • Phyllis Butow, University of Sydney, Australia: Communication and decision making in Oncology
  • James F. Sallis, University of California, San Diego, USA: Collaborative international research is worthwhile: results from the international physical activity and environment network
  • Andrew Steptoe, University College London, UK: Psychosocial aspects of ageing and the maintenance of function at older ages

Master lectures:

  • Laura Fratiglioni, Aging Research Center, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden: Live longer and healthier: the role of lifestyles and health behaviors across the life-course
  • Peter de Jonge, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands: Deconstructing distress
  • Susan Lutgendorf, Dept. of Psychology, University of Iowa, USA: From mind to brain to cancer cell: biobehavioral influences on the tumor microenvironment
  • Akizumi Tsutsumi, Dept. of Public Health, Kitasato University, School of Medicine, Japan: Application of behavioral medicine to occupational health: from research to practice

Important dates:

  • September 2013: Call for abstracts; Early bird registration opens
  • January 15 2014: Abstract submission deadline
  • April 1 2014: Abstract acceptance confirmation
  • May 1 2014: Deadline for early bird registration

For more information, please see the Congress website.

Call for members of a working group to explore UKSBM hosting the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine

UKSBM is looking for members to join a working group to explore the possibility of hosting the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine in the UK in 2018.  The working group will liaise with the International Society for Behavioural Medicine as well as the UKSBM executive.  Some members should be able to attend the upcoming ICBM in Budapest in 2012.  Please contact Jean Adams, the UKSBM General Secretary, for more information or to express your interest in joining the group.

2-day UKSBM-sponsored course on using Motivational Enhancement techniques to change behaviour

Two-day course sponsored by the UKSBM: “Using Motivational Enhancement Techniques to Change Behaviour: A Practical Introduction for Health Professionals”

A two-day course on the use of Motivational Enhancement Techniques for healthcare professionals will be held on 9th-10th of February 2012 at the MacDonalds Hotel & Spa, Piccadilly, Manchester.

Course presenters:
Dr Chris Bundy and Dr Lis Cordingley, Chartered Psychologists, School of Medicine, University of Manchester

2 Day Course Outline

At the end of the programme it is expected that participants will:

  • Have had the opportunity to practice and gain confidence in using the techniques of ME
  • Be more familiar with key ideas used in ME
  • Be able to assess readiness to change
  • Be aware of the limitations of the approach
  • Be aware of the need to work within the boundaries of their competence with regard to using motivation techniques with client groups

For more information, see the course  flyer (doc, 792kb).

Course fee: £250 (residential) £175 (non-residential)

To request a booking form, please contact: Mrs Kim Hunter, The University of Manchester, Suite 4, Williamson Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WLTel: 0161 306 7919 Fax: 0161 275 7600 E-mail:

Behavioural Medicine and the European Health Psychology Society

The March 2011 issue of the European Health Psychologist features an article discussing Behavioural Medicine and the European Health Psychology Society, by Ronan O’Carroll and Joost Dekker.

Review of UKSBM symposium at BPS DHP 2010 Conference

Review of the BPS Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference 2010 by Jacqueline Coleman, published in Health Psychology Update, (2011), volume 20 pages 40-41.
“The highlight of the conference for me included: The UK Society for Behavioural Medicine Symposium, which attracted me I didn’t really know much about this society. I left the series of talks feeling very positive about the common research themes shared by behavioural medicine and health psychology. In particular the final talk by Professor Martin Eccles on a trial that managed to randomise the whole of Australia and show that ambition in recruitment for clinical trials should be realised more often. It can be done successfully. I felt, as a student, research should aim to include as large a sample as possible and that the rewards of the hard work obtaining this were great for ensuring a successful intervention.”

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