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Dear ISBM-Members,


I hope you enjoy this special edition of the International Society of Behavioral Medicine newsletter to coincide with the 2016 International Congress in Melbourne.


For those of you fortunate enough to be attending, in this issue of the newsletter, the President welcomes delegates, and the chair of the organising committee gives you a taste of what to expect at the congress. The findings of hundreds of studies will be presented over the 4 day event, starting with pre-conference workshops on Wednesday the 7th of December. Research will be presented in a variety of formats, from researchers across the globe and with plenty of opportunities to network, socialise and enjoy the company of delegates in between.


Christina Lee, Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine provides an update on the continued strength of the journal in publishing high quality manuscripts in the field internationally. The Editors pick is a study conducted by Lim and colleagues from the National University of Singapore that examined the quality of life (QoL) of people with serious illness.


Excitingly in this issue we have profiled a number of the recipients of ISBM awards. Dr Rebecca Wyse from the Hunter-New England Population Health Research Group and the University of Newcastle describes her visit to the Food and Brand Lab, at Cornell University following receipt of the inaugural Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award. We also hearfrom Early Career Research Award recipients Lauren Wisk from Harvard Medical School and Oluwakemi Odukoya from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. Congratulations to all.


Delegates whose first time it is in Melbourne, I trust you will enjoy the food, coffee and hospitality the city has a thoroughly deserved reputation for. For those of you with spare time before or after formal proceeding, Australia boasts beautiful stretches of sand beach coast, internationally renowned wine regions, boutique and many other attractions that Iwould encourage you to visit.

Looking forward to your company,
Luke Wolfenden

Newsletter Editor

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Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,


I am delighted to welcome you to the 14th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Melbourne. Thanks to the committed and enthusiastic work of the of the Local Organizing Committee, chaired by Kerry Sherman and to the Scientific Program Committee, chaired by Akizumi Tsutsumi, we are looking forward to a very high quality meeting bringing together more than 700 scientists and clinicians from all over the world.


In addition to our journal, the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, the biennial ICBM Congress offers an outstanding opportunity to be informed about the state of the art in the field of behavioral medicine, to personally meet international colleagues, to learn and to be inspired by each other. It is also our occasion to experience the value of being part of a large

and supportive scientific community. The Congress also offers an opportunity to become more familiar with the activities of ISBM and its growing global organization, and to get involved in ISBM committee work.


With our success and visibility in the international community also come some challenges. The role and the responsibility of international scientific organizations such as the ISBM is becoming more and more important particularly in overseeing the quality of the science in our field. Unfortunately, over the past several years, deceitful activities are targeting the scientific community, including fraudulent emails, predatory journals and sham meetings. Researchers may be invited to submit their paper to journals or to present at conferences whose names are nearly identical to well known, recognized journals and event names. We would like to draw your attention that this fraud has gone as far as announcing conferences named “ICBM International Conference on Behavioral Medicine” at various locations on an annual basis, falsely suggesting an association with our society.


I would like to remind you that the next international congress organized by ISBM will be the 15th International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, ICBM2018 in Santiago de Chile, November 14-17, 2018, where you are most welcome. Please be warned that ISBM is not involved in any other “ICBM” conference in 2017, 2018 or 2019. We recommend that you always check the ISBM website (, and the websites of the ISBM Member Societies for the list of conferences organized by, or recommended by ISBM and its member societies.


The behavioral medicine field continues to develop and grow in its impact in the modern world thanks to each of your contributions. Attending this Congress and bringing your expertise to our gathering significantly contributes to this unprecedented growth. I encourage you to use this great opportunity to attend the exciting keynote and master lectures, attend and participate in the discussions during the oral and poster sessions, and connect and network with others in order to learn more about others’ work and to plan collaborations.


I am enthusiastically looking forward to the Congress, and I hope you will be inspired by the scientific discussions, enjoy the networking with international colleagues, and discover the beauties of the city of Melbourne!


Adrienne Stauder MD, PhD

President of the International Society of

Behavioral Medicine 2014-16

Letter from the Chair

Spring is here and we are counting down to a little over 6 weeks before the 2016 International Congress of Behavioral Medicine in Melbourne (5-7 December). The Scientific Program Committee has put together a varied and exciting program of high quality workshops, invited speakers, oral sessions and posters. Our keynote speakers include Professor Rona Moss-Morris (King's College London) speaking about "Medically Unexplained Symptoms", Professor Ichiro Kawachi (Harvard University) speaking about "Why Do Attempts to Change Behavior Fail - and what can behavioral economics add?", and Professor Christina Lee (University of Queensland) speaking about "Women's Health in Context".


Our four Master Lecturers will provide insight into topics as varied as perspectives on indigenous health (Prof Alex Brown), placebo and nocebo responses (Prof Winfried Rief), innovative interventions for distress reduction in cancer patients (Prof Judith Prins), and the social regulation of human gene expression (Prof Steve Cole).


We have a wide variety of workshops covering different aspects of behavioral medicine from research design and measurement, to interventions and implementation, and education and training. The workshops are proving very popular, and I urge you to secure your place by registering in a workshop as soon as possible. There is also a satellite meeting prior to the congress on the topic of Measurement, Mechanisms and Interventions. For detailed information about the congress and program, and to register for the congress please visit the website: http://www.icbm2016/com


Kerry Sherman

Chair of the Local Organising Committee 2016


News from the Editor-in-Chief of IJBM

The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine continues to function as a truly world-class society journal. Maintaining 6 larger issues a year is busy, but manageable with the support of a team of hard-working Associate Editors, a strong Editorial Board, and excellent behind-the-scenes work by Springer and Editorial Manager staff. We are particularly appreciative of our reviewers, who find time in busy academic lives to provide expert opinions. So far this year we have received a total of 235 independent external reviews, from 218 people in 36 different countries.


2016 has been a strong year for submissions, with numbers expected to top 350. Submissions have come from a total of 50 countries this year, and we have accepted manuscripts from every continent except Antarctica. Let's see some research on penguin wellbeing in 2017! We are on track to maintain our acceptance rate at a steady figure of around 25%.


This year we were very pleased to be able to dedicate issue 4 (August) to a special issue on Behavioral Medicine in the Asia-Pacific Region. This issue, guest edited by Akihito Shimazu and Associate Editors Akisumi Tsutsumi and Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi, featured empirical and review papers from the People's Republic of China, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR, and Hawaii.


Another special issue on "e-Health Interventions for Addictive Behaviors" (Guest Editors Anne H. Berman, Mette Torp Hoybye, and Matthijs Blankers) currently has 18 submissions in active review and revision, and will be ready for publication in the first half of next year. A further special issue, on Women's Reproductive Health in Social Context (Guest Editors Yael Benyamini and Irina Todorova) is also in process.


The big excitement this year, however, has been our beautiful new hard-copy cover, consistent with our new-look Society logo and website. Thank you to everyone who helped to shape the very attractive and modern-looking design.


Editor's Choice


Lim, H.A., Yu, Z., Kang, A.W.C., Foo, M.W.Y., & Griva, K. (2016). The course of quality of life in patients on peritoneal dialysis: A 12-month prospective observational cohort study. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 23, 507-514. doi: 10.1007/s12529-015-9521-z


This special-issue article by a group of colleagues at the National University of Singapore examined a topic that is central to behavioral medicine - that of the quality of life (QoL) of people with serious illness - through a longitudinal study of 115 Singaporeans receiving home-based peritoneal dialysis for end-stage renal disease. Despite the assumed psychosocial advantages of home-based treatment over hospital-based haemodialysis, two-thirds of participants had physical-related WoL deficits, and one third had mental-related deficits. Although SD-12 measures of QoL did not change significantly over 12 months, there were reductions in perceived quality of care and staff encouragement. This highlights the need for ensuring continuous good-quality professional care for the growing number of patients who received home-based dialysis.


Christina Lee

Editor IJBM