iCEPS Montpellier 2017 – Final Call for Communications
The 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
The 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.
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.
Moving from “Theory-Inspired” to “Theory-Based” Interventions
A 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.
Sitting is the New Smoking – Sedentary Behaviour Change Strategies
A 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.
The SHINE RCT – Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Mindful Eating
A 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.
New Projects and Programs
£3.7million from the Wellcome Trust for an Ontology for Behaviour Change
The 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.
New MSc in Behavioural Change (September 2017)
Run 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.
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