The ISBM Newsletter is regularly distributed. The most current newsletter is from July 2022 and was edited by Susanne Fischer.
Letter from the Editor
Dear ISBM Members,
I hope you are all enjoying long periods of rest and reading (or whatever else tickles your fancy) at this time of the year! I am over the moon to be able to present you this issue of the ISBM 2022 Newsletter, with many exciting news about the activities of our society and the larger behavioural medicine community.
First and foremost, you will find a report of recent ISBM developments in the Letter of our President, Anne H. Berman, that I urge you to read. Her reflections on how we should use the space that is available to us in a sustainable manner are so relevant to our field, with health-related behaviour at the very heart of our research and clinical efforts. This notion is reinforced by the luminary in behavioural medicine whom I had the great honour to interview for this issue. I highly recommend reading Professor Linda Cameron’s vision of how behavioural medicine can contribute to the climate change challenges that humanity faces. Apart from being a world-renowned leader in Health Psychology, Professor Cameron’s has served the ISBM in countless roles, including as a past Editor of this Newsletter. She also planted the seeds for INSPIRE, the early career network of ISBM, and some of the fruits of this labour can be found on page 14.
One example of using and extending space in a sustainable manner is the hybrid symposium “Behavioral medicine in Uppsala: 30 years later”, a recent highlight in the history of ISBM. Organised by President Anne H. Berman, this event brought together speakers and attendees all over the globe to celebrate the first international conference of the ISBM in 1990. The topics covered ranged from medically unexplained symptoms to adolescent mental health, women’s health, and remotely delivered interventions. For those of you who were unavailable to attend this inspiring convention, the President has kindly summarised some of her personal highlights in this issue. Speaking of celebrations, our journal, the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM), will also turn 30 next year. Read more about the special issue planned for this special occasion in the Letter by Editor-in-Chief Michael A. Hoyt. Also, much progress in making the ISBM a financially safer society was made during the past months. Go to page 16 to learn more about our Finance Committee’s, chaired by Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, recent successes.
Unfortunately, not all spaces are safe in the world at this point in time. I have once again reached out to our member societies to ask them about their perspectives on one of the most important global challenges presented to society. This time, Bryan Cleal, Chris Kilby, Ian Kronish, and Lucio Sibilia have shared their reflections on the important role that behavioural medicine can take during and in the aftermath of military conflicts and war. Scroll down to page 18 to learn more about this.
I would like to conclude on a positive note by saying what a great pleasure it has been to work with you to create this Newsletter and to learn about all the exciting work you are currently undertaking. My period of “rest and relaxation” starts now and I am looking forward to seeing many of you in autumn for some serious ICBM 2023 conversations!
Take good care!
Editor of the ISBM Newsletter