ISBM Newsletter

The ISBM Newsletter is regularly distributed. The most current newsletter is from December 2021 and was edited by Susanne Fischer.

Current Newsletter: Number 31 - December 2021

Letter from the Editor


Dear ISBM Members,


The seasons have dramatically changed in Switzerland since we have all see each other at the first virtual ICBM and I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to re-connect with you once again before this year is coming to an end!


As always, this Newsletter will update you on the most important developments of our society. First and foremost, it contains the inaugural letter by our new President, Anne H. Berman, who many of you know very well from her work as Chair of the Education and Training committee and as President Elect. Please go to page 3 to learn more about her personal background and plans for the ISBM. Dear Anne, I am so happy and excited that you will be the leader of our Society for the next years; it is already clear from your letter that you were off to a tremendous start and I wish you nothing but great success and many joyful moments as our new President! As already announced in the last issue of this Newsletter, the ISBM will make sure to maintain close ties with Urs M. Nater, our former President, who has now moved on to his new role as President Past, and you will find a thank you note for him that was publicly read at the ICBM 2021 on page 11.


As pointed out by the Editor in Chief of the IJBM, Michael A. Hoyt, in his letter, the ISBM is all about collaboration. After being forced to cancel the Contribution to Health and Behavior International Collaborative Awards (HBICA) in 2020 by the global pandemic, the ISBM overcompensated by significantly increasing the number of awards given away this year: Not one, not two, not three, but eight early career researchers received a prestigious HBICA in 2021! My heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, who will now have the possibility to virtually collaborate with an international mentor of their choice. On the national level, our member societies have been active in supporting the next generation of behavioural medicine professionals; a particularly beautiful example of this has been set by the Danish Society for Psychosocial Medicine (see page 14).


Speaking of collaboration: The interviewee of this issue’s luminaries in behavioural medicine section is a true facilitator of both national and international collaboration – and someone whose dedicated goal is to translate behavioural medicine into public health and clinical practice. I am thrilled that Emeritus Professor Joseph Tak Fai Lau did not shy away from answering the five trickiest questions in behavioural medicine that are the ISBM questionnaire. Professor Lau is not only a recipient of the ISBM Distinguished Scientist Award this year, but also been given the ISBM International Collaboration Award in 2019. You will find a recent example of his outstanding networking talent on page 14.


I was also lucky enough to be able to once again quiz our member societies about one of the most pressing global challenges presented to society. This time, Bryan Cleal, Kaori Honjo, and Emily Kothe have reported back about their countries’ take on gender diversity – in particular as it applies to research in behavioural medicine. I highly recommend to read their most intriguing answers on page 18.


Lastly, I would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your many contributions to this Newsletter this year; I have greatly enjoyed collaborating with you and getting to know you over the last months and am very much looking forward to continuing our work in 2022!


Suzanne Fischer

Editor of the ISBM Newsletter