News: The deadline for receiving abstracts for oral presentations for this year’s UKSBM annual scientific meeting in Stirling has been extended to Friday 19th August 2011. For more information, please visit the scientific meeting website, its twitter feed, or the UKSBM’s main twitter feed and Facebook page.
The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee have published a report on behaviour change and behavioural science. The report presents the results of an inquiry into the use of evidence from behavioural science to inform government policy on behaviour change.
Jean Adams, lecturer in public health and Newcastle University, has been elected to the post of General Secretary of the UKSBM Executive Committee. Jean will take up her post from out-going General Secretary Rachael Powell after this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Stirling.
The 2010 Impact Factors were released on June 28th, 2011, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine has enjoyed a substantial increase, from 3.145 (in 2009) to 3.984 (in 2010). Annals now ranks 8th of 120 journals in the “Psychology, multidisciplinary” category of the Social Science Index. In 2009, Annals ranked 13th of 112 journals in the same category.
Translational Behavioral Medicine has recently announced a call for papers for a special section on Translational Pain Management: New Directions and Opportunities. Note that the submission deadline is 1 August 2011.
For further details and submission information, please see the call for papers on the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s website
The Annals of Behavioral Medicine has recently announced a call for papers for a series of special sections on Understanding and Minimizing Social and Behavioral Aspects of Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities.
For further details and deadlines, please visit the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s website
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Birmingham is organising a one day conference which will serve as a forum to discuss recent advances in methodological techniques which have aided in a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms and characteristics associated with different types of cardiovascular responders to stress.
For more information: conference website / conference flyer
Following consultation with UKSBM members, the executive committee working group has submitted a response to the Department of Health’s Healthy Lives, Healthy People white paper.
The UKSBM Early Career Network is an initiative to facilitate the development and promotion of research opportunities, mentoring and education for students and early career members in the UK who have an interest in behavioural medicine. We are a fledgling organisation and intend to have small-scale, achievable aims. We are affiliated with INSPIRE, the early career network of the International Society of Behavioural Medicine.
We also have a web forum and a Facebook Group for both social networking and career and academic discussion. This also links into the INSPIRE web-forum if you would like to be involved in discussion on a more international scale. Other activities that we are considering include organising social events and academic sessions at the annual UKSBM conference or regional meetings.
We greatly welcome any input, ideas or offers of involvement to help us evolve. If you would like to get in touch please head to the forum or feel free to contact us at the details below. You can also now join us on Facebook
** Recent blog post by Dr Jean Adams on top tips for publishing from editors in top journals**
The Medical Research Council-funded study ‘Strengthening evaluation and implementation by specifying components of behaviour change interventions’, led by Susan Michie (University College London), now has its own project website. Please explore the website and send your feedback to BCTTaxonomy@ucl.ac.uk.