News Archive

World Health Federation 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health


The 2nd Global Summit on Circulatory Health was held by the World Health Federation in Singapore on the 12th-13th July 2017. Over 100 leaders of global, regional, and national organisations convened to discuss how to create the case for urgent action in the fight against circulatory diseases. 


Click here to read a complete summary of the Global Summit.

HPV Policy Statement:

ISBM calls for increased #HPV vaccination rates to prevent #cancer  #prevention


An ISBM work group consisting of Mary Gerend (USA), Joost Dekker (The Netherlands) and Frank Penedo (USA) reviewed the SBM Position Statement on HPV Vaccination and fully endorsed the call to increase HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents in the US. A larger workgroup of representatives from ISBM Member Societies are now working on an international position statement for HPV Vaccination.


Please find here the full position statement and a corresponding infographic.

American Psychosomatic Society has signed on to the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award initiative for 2017

We are pleased to announce that a third behavioral medicine organization has joined the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award initiative for 2017! The International Society of Behavioral Medicine now partners with both the Society for Health Psychology and the American Psychosomatic Society in offering three annual awards to trainee and early career (within 5 years of terminal degree) behavioral medicine researchers and clinicians.


The purpose of the award is to facilitate a visit to the laboratory of an international mentor to pursue a specific research or program development project in the areas of health research, clinical behavioral health, or health promotion. Individuals who are a member of ANY member society of ISBM may apply for the ISBM-sponsored award. For more information, please see the call for applications.

Holger Ursin has passed away

Professor Holger Ursin, founder and past president of the Norwegian Society of Behavioural Medicine, and for many years member of the ISBM Board, passed away on 13th of August, 2016. The ISBM would like to express a sincere condolence to his passing away on behalf of the whole international behavioral medicine community.

Call for papers

The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM), the official journal of the ISBM, issues a call for papers for a special issue on


''Women’s reproductive health in sociocultural context''.


The submission deadline has been extended until 30 September, 2016


If you are interested, please find the call for papers here.

Call for Nominees for open ISBM positions

Several offices in the Board will be open for election in 2016.


Please find here all relevant information.

Call for expressions of interest

The International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) seeks expressions of interest in the position of Editor-in-Chief of IJBM. Responses are welcomed from individuals, or jointly from pairs of prospective editors who plan to share the role.


Please find here all relevant information.

Call for applications: Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award

ISBM is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2016 Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award!

This award is jointly sponsored by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM) and the Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association. The purpose of the award is to facilitate a minimum of one week visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor. The applicant will receive $3,000 USD to offset costs of travel and accommodations to visit the lab of an international mentor.

Two awards will be competitively granted each year. Applicants can be trainees or early career professionals within 5 years of completing their terminal degree.


Applications are due March 30th, 2016.


Detailed information can be found here.

Interdisciplinary symposium on pro-environmental behavior

The Swedish Association of Behavioural Medicine organizes an interdisciplinary and international symposium in Alnarp, Sweden.

The theme of the symposium is pro-environmental behaviour and the relation to climate change and public health. Several world leading scientists as speakers will provide state-of-the art insights into the topic.


Please visit the website 

or find here a flyer with all information.

Call for proposals to host ICBM 2020

ISBM is now approaching all member societies about the possibility to host the ICBM 2020. All our previous congresses have been successful both scientifically and financially.


If your society considers applying for the organization of the ICBM in 2020, please submit a preliminary proposal by May 31st 2016.


Please find here all relevant information.

ISBM 2016 Awards -  Call for nominations

ISBM is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the following awards, to be presented at the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine, Melbourne, December 2016.

Scientific awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Distinguished Scientist Award
- Outstanding New Investigator Award

Service awards
- Distinguished Career Contribution Award
- Contributions to International Collaborations Award


Detailed information on the awards as well as on the nomination procedure can be found here:

From old to new: The International Journal of Behavioral Medicine successfully launched its new, modernized cover design.

In memoriam: Jane Wardle        

Our colleague and valuable supporter of ICBM since its inception, Professor Jane Wardle, died on 20th October 2015. She was Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre at University College London. She was a pioneer of health psychology, and a leading light in two separate fields: eating and obesity; and cancer screening and prevention. Jane published over 600 peer-reviewed papers and had an h-index of 84, but the quality and depth of her work is more important than any metrics.


Her many roles included:

·       Founding editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology

·       Chair of the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society in 2000–2001.

·       Fellow of the British Academy

·       Member of Editorial Board, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine since 1993.

·       Active participant as presenter, symposium convenor, Track Chair or Co-Chair, and organiser at almost every International Congress of Behavioral Medicine held.


Jane was very generous with her time, and was an inspiration and mentor to many students and early-career researchers.

Call for manuscripts

The Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (JREHD), an official journal of the Cobb-NMA Health Institute, issues a call for manuscripts that reflect the scholarly work to understand, intervene, address, and ultimately eliminate health disparities based upon race and ethnicity. If you are interested, please visit

Melbourne is approved as the venue of ICBM 2016

The Governing Council had a vote and has approved Melbourne, Australia, as the venue of the International Congress of Behavioral Medicine (ICBM) in 2016.

Please follow this link for more information on ICBM 2016:

Memorandum of understanding of scientific collaboration in the field of occupational safety and health for behavioral medicine (August 29, 2012)

The ISBM has established a collaboration with the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) (, a large international professional organization with more than 1,700 members from 78 countries, which could lead to a greater contribution of behavioral medicine in occupational health.

Graciela Rodriguez († 2012)

Dr. Graciela Rodriguez, a member of Mexican Society of Behavioral Medicine and also a past member of ISBM Board, suddenly passed away on July 5th, 2012 (Thursday). The ISBM would like to express a sincere condolence to her passing away, with deep appreciation to her contribution to the Society.

Maria Kopp (1942 - 2012)

Maria passed away all of a sudden, in her sleep, unexpectedly – as if she had had no time to hesitate about the issue of death, the natural part of life. She had been characterised by an amazingly abundant energy until the very last day of her life. There is such vast emptiness due to her departure that those who are left behind can hardly grasp. Two months ago we celebrated her 70th birthday anniversary in the frame of a scientific day organised in her honour at the Semmelweis University. Age had no importance in her case, she lived and talked with the vigour of a young scientist at the beginning of her career. She was ageless and indestructible – yet destiny had a final say.

Please download here the obituary  and her interview in the ISBM-Newsletter .

New Editor-in-Chief of IJBM in 2012-2017

Our Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Christina Lee, is handling new manuscripts since May 1st, 2011. She has taken over all duties as Editor on January 1st, 2012.