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.

Create your account now!

IBTN 2016 Conference Highlights


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


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


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.



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



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.


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.”



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.



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!

IBTN – Launching forward

The IBTN was initially formed in June 2013 and received seed funding in January 2014 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (MPE 309504). It held its inaugural meeting in Montreal (Canada) in April 2014 and made its first presentations at the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM) in Groningen (Holland) in August 2014 and again at the iCEPS conference in Montpellier (France) in 2015.

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