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UKSBM 2013 Early Career Award Winners

The UKSBM is pleased to announce this year’s two winners of the UKSBM early career award: Dr Eric Robinson (University of Liverpool) and Dr David McMinn (University of Aberdeen). The Early Career Award provides annual recognition of the work of promising early career researchers in behavioural medicine in the UK. In addition to being recognised for their early career achievements at the 2013 Annual Scientific Meeting in Oxford, both winners received £100 and free registration to next year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Nottingham. Please see below for details about this year’s winners:


Dr David Mcminn


Dr David McMinn joined the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Aberdeen in September 2011 after completing his PhD at the University of Strathcylde. He works as a Research Fellow within the Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health. Dr McMinn co-ordinates a 5 year government funded study investigating links between executive function and snack food consumption. He has over a dozen peer reviewed publications. For more information please see his personal profile

David said that: “Winning the early career award helped generate more interest in my work and gave me further exposure as a researcher, which is crucial at this stage in my career. Furthermore, being recognised in this way opened additional avenues for networking that would perhaps not have been available otherwise.”

He also added: “Attending the 2013 UKSBM annual scientific meeting in Oxford afforded me the opportunity to engage with leading researchers in the field of behavioural medicine and stay up to speed with the latest developments in this area.”


Dr Eric Robinson


Dr Eric Robinson is currently a Research Fellow based in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society. He was previously based at the University of Birmingham working in experimental Psychology and public  health. He is interested in trying to understand why we behave in the ways that we do and can end up doing things that we probably don’t want to (for example, engaging in unhealthy behaviours). He is also interested in how  our social environments can shape our beliefs and behaviour. He has 18 peer reviewed publications to date. For more information please see his personal profile.

Eric said: “Having seen some of the really high quality work of previous early career award winners, I am very proud to have been nominated and given this award in 2013”

He added: “I joined the society when I was first embarking on behavioural medicine research, so attending the conference on a yearly basis and being able to meet and talk to more experienced academics has been really valuable for me. I have also enjoyed meeting some new colleagues and other people with similar research interests, as UKSBM is a very friendly and open society to be a part of it.”

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