Public Lecture: Patient-Oriented Research in Diabetes

Public Lecture – Molly Byrne, Flaherty Visiting Professor
at the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)

Strengthening Research through Public and Patient Engagement: An Irish Example of Patient-Oriented Research in Diabetes

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Date and Time
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

Location
School of Irish Studies – Concordia University
1455, de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Room H-1001.01 (10th floor)
Montreal, QC H3G 1M8

Livestream the lecture here: https://vpsolution.tv/concordia/

Overview of talk:

In Molly’s talk, she will discuss strengths and challenges of stakeholder- engaged research. She will talk about a number of studies she has conducted, all which have used strategies to engage end-users of the research. These include a research prioritisation exercise which sought the views of people with diabetes, services providers and policy makers to identify research priorities in behavioural diabetes research. In another study, Molly and her team used consensus methods to identify research and clinical outcomes considered important by people with diabetes and their services providers. Finally, Molly will present on a research study in which young adults with diabetes formed a ‘young adult panel’ and joined the research team to develop an intervention to promote better outcomes among this population.

A reception will follow the lecture.

The Flaherty Lecture is sponsored by Ireland Canada University Foundation and is co-sponsored by a number of Concordia academic and research units including the School of Irish Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Science, the PERFORM Centre as well as the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre and the International Behavioural Trials Network.

Overview of the presenter:

Dr Molly Byrne is an Ireland Canada University Foundation James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor 2016/17 (http://www.icuf.ie/scholars/). She is a Health Psychologist, a Health Research Board Research Leader and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Molly’s research seeks to improve population health by developing, using and advocating use of behavioural science in intervention research to promote health behaviour change. Much of Molly’s research has focused on promoting better management of chronic illness, primarily diabetes and cardiovascular disease. All her research is done within multidisciplinary teams and engages key stakeholders in the research process, with the aim of increasing implementation of research into practice and maximising impact.

As Flaherty Visiting Professor, Molly is spending 8 weeks (until July 10th, 2017) with Dr Simon Bacon and Dr Kim Lavoie at the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre , in L’Hôpital Sacré-Cœur de Montréal. Here her work is focusing on identifying research priorities and developing the research agenda of the International Behavioural Trials Network. Following this, Molly will spend a week at each of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Behaviour Change Institute, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

IBTNetwork Activities (Spring 2017 Newsletter)

Upcoming Conferences & Events

iCEPS Montpellier 2017 – Only 3 weeks away!

thumbs-icepsThe 5th iCEPS international conference — Non-Pharmacological Interventions: From Methodology to Evidence of Efficacy — is right around the corner! Hear world-renowned speakers talk about research protocols and improved understanding of the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs.

Preview of Plenary Lectures:

  • Group and Individual Cognitive Therapies in Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes, Exercise, and Trial Results
  • Mindfulness, Cancer, and Trial Results
  • Hypertension, Exercise, and Trial Results
  • Osteopathy: Which Evidence of Efficacy?
  • The Perils of Attention Controls in Behavioural Intervention Research
  • Design Biases and Publications in Non-Pharmacological Trials
  • Functional Food for the Prevention of Metabolic Syndrome

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IBTN Conference 2018 – A Chance to Win Free Registration!

The IBTN offers you a chance to win free registration to the 2018 conference to be held in Montreal, Canada on May 24 to 26. Other prizes will also be drawn! Members of the online IBTN Community are automatically entered in the draw. Not a member yet? Simply visit the website and register as an IBTN Community member. The draw will be held in September 2017.

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Behaviour Change in Large Organisations

UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change (CBC) invites you to a series of lectures focused on topical issues affecting healthcare, with an opportunity to network with professionals and a range of scientists, policy-makers, and practitioners. The event will be co-hosted by Bupa UK and chaired by Dr. Paula Franklin (UK Medical Director, Bupa).

  • Prof Susan Michie, UCL: Introduction to Behaviour Change Science Applied to Organisations
  • Dr Luke James, Bupa: Behaviour Change at Bupa
  • Dr Paul Chadwick, UCL: The Behaviour Change Wheel as a Model for Organisations
  • Dr Rachel Carey, Bupa/UCL: Embedding Behaviour Change within Organisations: Case Studies

Open to all Bupa employees and CBC contacts.

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 Recent Publications

Improving Arterial Health Step by Step: The SMARTER Study

The SMARTER study (whose results were recently published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism) examined the effects of physician-delivered step count prescriptions and monitoring in patients with type 2 diabetes and hypertension with the goal of enhancing physical activity and cardiometabolic profiles over a one-year period using pedometers and written step count prescriptions at each visit. The study showed that the step count prescription strategy led to a net 20% increase in step counts and improvements in both haemoglobin A1c and insulin sensitivity. Future studies will evaluate an amplified intervention to increase impact.

IBTN Co-Chair Dr. Simon Bacon was involved in this study.

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Enhancing the Rigour of Reporting of Randomized Trials and Systematic Reviews

Knowing that properly documented analytic methods and findings improve transparency and contribute to improving the quality of biomedical publications describing randomised trials and systematic reviews, guidelines exist to facilitate complete reporting (such as CONSORT, SPIRIT, SAMPL, PRISMA, and PRISMA-P).

This overview article (published in Evidence-Based Mental Health) summarises aspects of statistical reporting in trials and systematic reviews of health interventions. The objective was to enhance familiarity of statistical details that should be reported. Considerations regarding sharing of study data and statistical code are also addressed.

IBTN Core Member Dr. David Moher contributed to this overview article.

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Lifestyle Matters: A Randomized Controlled Trial

This UK trial sought to test whether an occupation-based lifestyle intervention could sustain and improve the mental well-being of 288 adults aged 65 and over using an individually randomised controlled trial measuring mental and physical well-being (using SF-36), extent of depression (PHQ-9), quality of life (EQ-5D) and loneliness (de Jong Gierveld Scale) at 6 and 24 months. The trial involved weekly group sessions over 4 months and one to one sessions. The results (published in Age and Ageing) raise questions regarding how preventive interventions can be effectively targeted in the absence of proactive mechanisms to identify those who are at risk of decline.

IBTN Core Member Dr. Linda Powell participated in this trial.

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New Projects and Programs

Assessing a Body of Evidence of Complex Interventions

IBTN Core Member Dr. Paul Montgomery (University of Birmingham), in collaboration with the GRADE Working Group, is leading a research project to develop guidance for assessing and rating the quality of a body of evidence in systematic reviews of complex interventions. The guidance will be relevant for researchers in both clinical and social disciplines who conduct reviews on the effectiveness of complex interventions.

More than ever, policy makers rely on systematic reviews to inform decision-making regarding effective interventions. Interventions characterized as “complex” involve numerous interacting components and multiple outcomes. Such interventions use alternative approaches to assess a body of evidence in systematic reviews (i.e. some may need to integrate a large body of non-randomised evidence). In the meantime, concerns arise about potentially uninformative synthesis results and often-observed conclusions of weak evidence.

After conducting an international online panel involving multidisciplinary expertise, Dr. Montgomery’s project team will host a consensus meeting with a select group of participants to build consensus for the new guidance.

Read more about this project

$1.8 M for SPOR Mentorship Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials

IBTN Co-Chair Dr. Simon Bacon has been awarded a 5-year Chair by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to focus on improved behavioural clinical trials. The project will involve training approximately 150 trainees and new investigators in improved study designs in collaboration with international experts, local, national, and international organisations, patients, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. It will also provide scholarship funding for up to 7 postdoctoral fellows and up to 12 graduate students, offer direct pilot funding to kickstart novel projects, develop an exchange program to enhance multidisciplinarity and create opportunities for long-term collaboration/capacity building, and conduct yearly summer schools focused on hands-on activities, plenary sessions, and workshop activities.

Read more about Dr. Simon Bacon

 

 

Summer 2017 Training Course: Behaviour Change – Principles and Practice

The UCL’s Centre for Behaviour Change is offering a five-day course introducing the principles of behaviour change and their application to practical problems in different areas of interest. The course is aimed at behaviour change researchers, practitioners, intervention designers, managers, and policy makers, and offers participants a certificate of attendance. Next session begins July 31, 2017.

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Join the IBTN Community

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This “members only” site is offered at no charge and only takes moments to set up. Create a researcher profile, share details about your areas of expertise, and search for and message other members of the IBTN Community.

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Wishing you a healthy and successful New Year!

Assessing a Body of Evidence of Complex Interventions

It is now standard practice for policy makers to draw on systematic reviews as the superior source of evidence to inform decision-making regarding effective interventions. Many interventions are currently conceptualised as “complex”, as they involve a number of interacting components, multiple outcomes, levels of target (such as communities and entire populations), and their effects are amenable to various contextual factors.

Consideration of aspects of complexity may require using alternative approaches and additional guidance when synthesising and assessing a body of evidence in systematic reviews and guideline development. For example, many complex interventions cannot be evaluated using randomised controlled trials and may need to integrate a large body of non-randomised evidence. In the meantime, there are ambiguities around how best to conceptualise and interpret certainty in the body of evidence on intervention effects, when these are contingent upon intervention programming, implementation and contextual factors. Concerns have been raised that the oversight of the aspects of complexity might result in uninformative synthesis results and often-observed conclusions of weak evidence for many complex interventions.

A research project will develop guidance for assessing and rating the quality of a body of evidence in systematic reviews of complex interventions. The project is led by Prof Paul Montgomery (University of Birmingham) in collaboration with the GRADE Working Group and stakeholders in evidence synthesis and guideline development. The guidance will be relevant for researchers in both clinical and social disciplines who conduct reviews on the effectiveness of complex interventions.

The project team is currently conducting an international online panel involving multidisciplinary expertise to identify aspects that need to be modified in the GRADE guidance for complex interventions. Following the online expert panel, a consensus meeting will be hosted with a select group of participants to build consensus for the new guidance.

Submitted by IBTN core member Dr. Paul Montgomery

IBTNetwork Activities (Winter 2017 Newsletter)

Upcoming Conferences

iCEPS Montpellier 2017 – Final Call for Communications

thumbs-icepsThe 5th iCEPS international conference – Non-Pharmalogical Interventions: From Methodology to Evidence of Efficacy, to be held May 18 to 20, 2017 in Montpellier, France – is a forum where experts will share evidence of the efficacy, risk/benefits, safety and cost effectiveness of non-pharmalogical interventions (NPIs). Speakers will discuss research protocols leading to the administration of evidence, and an improved understanding of the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs. View the preliminary conference program

Event organizers have already announced the attendance of over 35 world-renowned specialist speakers. View the 2017 iCEPS speakers list

The deadline for poster, oral communication and workshop proposals is February 1. View proposal guidelines

Conference on Behaviour Change and Digital Health – February 22-23, 2017

thumbs-ucldigitalhealthThe UCL Centre for Behaviour Change is holding its 3rd annual conference on February 22 and 23 in London (UK). The event will focus on digital health and wellbeing, and will be hosted in association with the UCL Institute of Digital Health. World-renowned academic experts will join key members of the public health and technology sectors in a series of talks, presentations, and workshops.

View the conference flyer

View the conference program

IBTN Conference 2018 – Save the Date!

The IBTN has announced the dates of its 2018 conference in Montreal, Canada. Mark May 24 to 26, 2018 in your calendars and look out for more news in the coming months via the IBTN Newsletter.

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Recent Publications

Moving from “Theory-Inspired” to “Theory-Based” Interventions

thumbs-abm-michieA research project (whose objectives and methods have recently been published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine) led by Dr. Susan Michie (University College London, UK) aims to develop matrices of hypothesised links between behaviour change techniques (BTCs) and specific mechanisms of action as well as behavioural theories. Linking BCTs to the mechanisms of action described in behavioural theories allows researchers to target mechanisms of action more deliberatively and makes it easier for investigators to design studies that can evaluate the processes underlying effective interventions.

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Sitting is the New Smoking – Sedentary Behaviour Change Strategies

thumbs-hpr-gardnerA review of sedentary behaviour change strategies (published in Health Psychology Review) led by Dr. Benjamin Gardner (King’s College London, UK) describes behaviour change strategies used in interventions seeking to reduce sedentary behaviour in adults. Interventions that qualified as “very or quite promising” by the review tended to have targeted sedentary behaviour instead of physical activity. Interventions based on environmental restructuring, persuasion, or education were seen as most promising. Self-monitoring, problem solving, and restructuring the social or physical environment were particularly promising behaviour change techniques.

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The SHINE RCT – Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Mindful Eating

thumbs-jbm-masonA randomized controlled trial (published in the Journal for Behavioral Medicine) led by Dr. Ashley E. Mason (Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, USA) evaluated changes in mindful eating as a potential mechanism underlying the effects of a mindfulness-based intervention for weight loss on eating of sweet foods and fasting glucose levels.

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New Projects and Programs

£3.7million from the Wellcome Trust for an Ontology for Behaviour Change

thumbs-wellcometrustThe Human Behaviour Change Project (HBCP) will build an artificial intelligence system to scan behaviour change literature worldwide towards building a model of human behaviour and broaching behaviour change intervention efficacy. This project is led by IBTN Member Dr. Susan Michie in collaboration with behavioural, computer, and information scientists.

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Visit the HBCP website

View the HBCP launch video

New MSc in Behavioural Change (September 2017)

thumbs_ucl_mscRun by the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change, a new MSc program in Behavioural Change is available as a full-time or flexible part-time course starting in September 2017 in London (UK). It welcomes graduates from all disciplines wishing to learn the principles behind successfully changing behaviour to address global problems.

Download the brochure

Join the IBTN Community

thumbs-directoryLaunched in the fall of 2016, the online IBTN Community Directory is steadily growing. Join and connect with our community of researchers, experts, students, and practitioners in the field of behavioral trial design.  Solicit advice, share news and content, and partake in stimulating discussion pertaining to the field of behavioural trials. Help our community enhance the quality of design and research.

This “members only” site is offered at no charge and only takes moments to set up. Create a researcher profile, share details about your areas of expertise, and search for and message other members of the IBTN Community.

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Wishing you a healthy and successful New Year!

Growing the IBTN Community (Fall 2016 Newsletter)

CONNECTING TOGETHER AND BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS

In response to suggestions made during the spring’s 2016 IBTN Conference, we are happy to announce the launch of the online IBTN Community site. Join and connect with our community of researchers, experts, students, and practitioners in the field of behavioral trial design.  Solicit advice, share news and content, and partake in stimulating discussion pertaining to the field of behavioural trials. Help our community enhance the quality of design and research.

This “members only” site is offered at no charge and only takes moments to set up. Create a researcher profile, share details about your areas of expertise, and search for and message other members of the IBTN Community.

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Highlights from the 2016 Conference in Montreal

The 2016 IBTN Conference proved to be a stellar start to a long-standing project of exchange, learning, and knowledge sharing. Attendees reported that the event was well-organized and appropriately sized and offered a multitude of networking opportunities. The conference’s organization allowed attendees to enjoy their time in the city, as well have the time to reflect on the materials and themes presented, and to acquire concrete tools useful to their research. Its intimate nature was well-appreciated, offering attendees the chance to speak directly with speakers and network with one another in a classy and collegial setting.  Read the full article

 

Slidedecks from the 2016 Conference available for download

The excellent line-up of world-renowned researchers and leaders in behavioural trial design and methodology have generously made their slide decks available for download.  The IBTN Conference Organizers wish to thank them for their time and commitment to the IBTN’s first conference!  Visit the download page


Conference proceedings published in the Health & Fitness Journal of Canada

Over 30 high-quality posters were presented at the 2016 IBTN Conference, featuring a range of excellent studies and methodological designs, leading to stimulating and entertaining discussions between attendees. All abstracts have been published in the Health and Fitness Journal of Canada (volume 9, number 2, 2016). Download the proceedings

 

Save the Date! Montpellier 2017

The international iCEPS Conference’s 5th edition will be held May 18 to 20, 2017 in Montpellier (France). The conference will be focused on the Evidence of Non-Pharmacological Interventions’ Efficacy. Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs) have become essential solutions to improve the health and the quality of life, and sometimes the life expectancy of people suffering from chronic diseases or facing health risks. This international conference should allow participants to share evidence of the efficacy, benefits/risk, safety and costs/effectiveness of NPIs, discuss research protocols leading to the administration of evidence, and understand the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs. The event is intended is for anybody who is interested in scientific, medical, legal and ethical questions raised by NPIs. Read more about the iCEPS conference.

 

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Warm thanks to the 2016 IBTN Conference sponsors and partners

The IBTN extends a warm thank you to the generous sponsors and partners of the 2016 IBTN Conference held from May 19 to 21 in Montreal.

The IBTN was delighted to offer three student awards for research excellence thanks to the contributions of its silver-level sponsors AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Janssen. Award winners were Adam Heenan (University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada), François Carbonnel (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France), and Racquel Farias (McGill University, Montreal).

The Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine section of the Canadian Psychology Association generously contributed to a travel award presented to Jillian Johnson of the University of Calgary (Canada).

The 2016 IBTN Conference’s other silver-level sponsors, Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal, generously offered venues to hold the two public lectures held on Saturday, May 21. We’d also like to thank the hosts and speakers who generously offered their time and expertise in helping the IBTN in this community outreach effort.

The English-language lecture entitled “Social Media and the Rise in Bad Health Information: Tweets, Posts, and Problems” was held at Concordia University’s BMO Amphitheatre (John Molson Building) and hosted by Charlie Fidelman, Health Reporter for the Montreal Gazette, with invited speakers Dr. Joe Schwarcz, Director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society and host of “The Dr. Joe Show” on CJAD Montreal, Dr. David Secko, Concordia University Associate Professor and Leader of the Concordia Science Journalism Project, and IBTN Co-Chair Dr. Simon Bacon, Concordia University Professor, Co-Director of the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre and Director of the Centre de réadaptation Jean-Jacques-Gauthier at Hôpital Sacré-Cœur de Montréal.

The French-language lecture entitled “La prise en charge de votre maladie chronique: Que pouvez-vous faire pour changer votre vie?” was held at Université du Québec à Montréal Adrien-Pinard Pavilion Amphitheatre with invited speakers Dr. Jean Bourbeau, Pneumologist affiliated with McGill University and Director of the MUHC McConnell Centre for Innovative Medicine, and Dr. Paul Poirier, Cardiologist affiliated with Université Laval, and Chair of the Committee on Obesity of the American Heart Association’s Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council.

The IBTN would also like to thank its gold-level sponsor, ACCELERATION, a Canadian-based project that helps participants improve risk factors associated with chronic disease (cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes) with a structured 12-week exercise and education program.

Lastly, the IBTN extends thanks to its partners, CEPS Platform, the Fondation de l’Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, and the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre.

Research Excellence Award winner Adam Heenan from University of Ottawa Heart Institute with IBTN Co-Chairs Dr. Kim Lavoie (far right), and Dr. Simon Bacon (far left) and Esther Dajczman from Boehringer Ingelheim.
Travel Award winner Jillian Johnson from University of Calgary.
Research Excellence Award winner François Carbonnel from Université Paul Valéry with IBTN Co-Chairs and Denis Faucher from Janssen.

Research Excellence Award winner Racquel Farias from McGill University with IBTN Co-Chairs and Medhi Belgnaoui from AstraZeneca.

Save the Date! Montpellier 2017

The international iCEPS Conference’s 5th edition will be held May 18 to 20, 2017 in Montpellier (France). The conference will be focused on the Evidence of Non-Pharmacological Interventions’ Efficacy. Non-Pharmacological Interventions (NPIs) have become essential solutions to improve the health and the quality of life, and sometimes the life expectancy of people suffering from chronic diseases or facing health risks.


This international conference should allow participants to share evidence of the efficacy, benefits/risk, safety and costs/effectiveness of NPIs, discuss research protocols leading to the administration of evidence, and understand the main action mechanisms involved in NPIs. The event is intended is for anybody who is interested in scientific, medical, legal and ethical questions raised by NPIs.

Read more about the iCEPS conference.

Join the IBTN Community Directory!

In response to suggestions made during the spring’s 2016 IBTN Conference in Montreal, the IBTN is happy to announce the launch of the online IBTN Community site. Join and connect with our community of researchers, experts, students, and practitioners in the field of behavioral trial design.  Solicit advice, share news and content, and partake in stimulating discussion pertaining to the field of behavioural trials. Help our community enhance the quality of design and research.

This “members only” site is offered at no charge and only takes moments to set up. Create a researcher profile, share details about your areas of expertise, and search for and message other members of the IBTN Community.

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IBTN 2016 Conference Highlights

RESOUNDING SUCCESS FOR THE IBTN’S INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

The 2016 IBTN Conference proved to be a stellar start to a long-standing project of exchange, learning, and knowledge sharing. Attendees reported that the event offered a multitude of networking opportunities with a wide variety of researchers. The conference’s organization allowed attendees to enjoy their time in the city, as well have the time to reflect on the materials and themes presented, and to acquire concrete tools useful to their research. Its intimate nature was well-appreciated, offering attendees the chance to speak directly with speakers and network with one another in a classy and collegial setting.

 

IBTN 2016 Conference Attendees
Geographical distribution of IBTN 2016 Conference delegates

TRULY INTERNATIONAL

A key factor in the success of the conference was the volume of attendees and the discussions and interaction during the conference (and especially during the conference dinner!). The three-day event welcomed over 100 registered attendees, including a mix of students (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral), researchers, clinicians, researchers from industry, and conference partners and sponsors. Our attendees came from all over the world, including a range of locations across Canada and the US, and Europe, including the UK, Ireland and France. We even had an attendee from Australia – our conference had a truly international feel!

Two conference goers discussing a poster presentation during the conference's cocktail event on Thursday, May 19
Two conference goers discussing a poster presentation during the conference’s cocktail event on Thursday, May 19

COLLEGIAL AND INFORMATIVE

The conference kicked off with an opening reception on Thursday evening, which featured both a cocktail reception and our poster session. Over 30 high-quality posters were presented, featuring a range of excellent studies and methodological designs, leading to stimulating and entertaining discussions between attendees. Adding to the conference’s success, and in keeping with Montreal’s reputation, was the wonderfully warm spring weather and absolutely outstanding gourmet fare served during the conference’s social events.

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS AND CONGRATULATIONS TO THE AWARD WINNERS

We would like to extend our thanks to our generous sponsors and partners (AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, Janssen, and the Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine section of the Canadian Psychology Association). We were delighted to be able to offer four student awards for research excellence, based on the abstracts submitted for poster presentation. Each award was presented during the Friday night conference dinner event, to students who presented their posters during the opening reception and poster session. Congratulations to our award winners Adam Heenan (University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada), François Carbonnel (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France), Racquel Farias (McGill University, Montreal), and Jillian Johnson (University of Calgary, Canada).

Dr. Simon Bacon chairing the first plenary session on Trial Development
Dr. Simon Bacon chairing the first plenary session on Trial Development

 

AN ENGAGING DAY OF PLENARY SESSIONS

On Friday, fantastic plenary talks were presented by a line-up of internationally renowned researchers (slide decks available for download). The quality of the speakers impressed conference goers and resulted in a highly stimulating day of comprehensive talks that were both broad and current. These served both as a great introduction to the field of behavioural trials for newcomers and as an opportunity to increase and deepen researchers’ knowledge of the field.

“I liked that the plenary sessions were so well integrated. I felt that each one really helped to clarify the message of the others, and create a cohesive understanding of how to improve behavioural trials.”

 

Inside one of the nine workshops offered on Saturday, May 21 at Montreal's UQAM downtown campus.
Inside one of the nine workshops offered on Saturday, May 21 at Montreal’s UQAM downtown campus.

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS WITH EXPERT SPEAKERS

On Saturday, a series of nine outstanding workshops were offered covering a range of trial design and methodology issues, and delivering interventions for behaviour change (slide decks available for download). Attendees reported that the diversity of workshops offered, and their highly interactive nature was one of the conference’s high points. Attendees particularly enjoyed the opportunities they had to interact directly with the speakers and experts, thanks in part to the size and number of attendees in each workshop.

“The opportunity to network and discuss with leaders in the field was incredible. The direct relevance to behavioural intervention studies was high.”

 

PUBLIC OUTREACH

The conference ended with two public lectures, held on Saturday evening, which were attended by numerous members of the public as well as remaining conference delegates. Over 90 members of the public attended the lecture held in French at the conference site (Université du Québec à Montréal) and the lecture held in English at nearby Concordia University. Both lectures were highly informative, entertaining, and enjoyed by all, covering topics such as managing disease, and the role of social media in spreading health information. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our speakers Dr. Jean Bourbeau, Dr. Paul Poirier, Dr. David Secko, and Dr. Joe Schwartz for offering their time and making these events thoroughly enjoyable! Videos of the talks are currently in production and will be made available in the near future.

 

STAYING IN TOUCH

Attendees reported looking forward to the 2nd IBTN conference planned for May 2018. We look forward to staying in touch with all conference delegates between now and then, namely through the iCEPS conference to be held in Montpellier (France) in May 2017, through the IBTN newsletter (sign up here!), and through the new IBTN Community website, which you can register for quickly and easily. Learn more about the IBTN online Community now.

IBTN 2016 Conference slide decks available for download

The stellar success of the first IBTN conference is due in no small part to its excellent line-up of speakers and workshop leaders, who are world-renowned researchers and leaders in behavioural trial design and methodology. Talks and workshops were both engaging and entertaining, but above all informative and interesting. Speakers have generously made their slide decks available for download.

The IBTN Conference Organizers wish to thank them for their time and commitment to the IBTN’s first conference!