IBTN Summer School

May 17 to 21 in a virtual Hub & Satellite format

Due to the continued concerns around COVID-19, the event will be organized in a “Hub and Satellite” format. This will involve a required central core of events and lectures that all participants attend online (the “Hub”). Then, to manage sessions across various time zones, region-based group events will be held (the “Satellites”). The primary content will be delivered by international experts during the hub sessions and small group projects and presentation work will be conducted during the satellite sessions, with a maximum of 6 individuals per group.



The IBTN Summer School in Behavioural Trials is an academic program held over 5-6 days exploring how to breakthrough current obstacles in behavioural trial methodologies and expand the reach, capacity, and impact of trials in the field of behavioural medicine.

Working with internationally renowned experts in innovative clinical trials, behavioural intervention development, and patient-oriented research, participants will learn about developing effective behavioural interventions and conducting high-quality trials through interactive workshops and training activities.

The IBTN Summer School is designed to foster networking opportunities for its participants, and will include additional online activities prior to and after the on-site program.

New Investigators from lower- and middle-income countries may be invited to apply to the affiliated IBTN-ISBM LMIC Training Travel Award. Details to follow as they become available.

Key Dates

    • When: Summer Schools are typically held mid- to late-May (in person and/or online)
    • Where: Summer Schools are typically held in Montréal, Canada (Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal). The 2021 edition will be held virtually (May 17-21).
    • How: The online application process is usually launched in early December
    • Who: Open to graduate students and early career researchers who want to develop and extend their knowledge about behavioural trials

Application and Admission Information for the 2021 IBTN Summer School

Attendance to the IBTN Summer School is reserved to candidates having accepted an offer of admission. Please refer to the terms of application and admission process for more details and to access the application form (when available).

Academic Leader for the 2021 IBTN Summer School

Simon L. Bacon, PhD, FTOS, FCCS, FABMR
Co-Chair, International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN)
CIHR SPOR Chair in Innovative, Patient-Oriented, Behavioural Clinical Trials
Full Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Applied Physiology, Concordia University
Co-director, Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC), CIUSSS-NIM

IBTN 2021 Summer School Committee

Angela Alberga, PhD – Concordia University (Canada)
Simon Bacon, PhD – Concordia University (Canada)
Molly Byrne, PhD – NUI Galway (Ireland)
Susan Czajkowski, PhD – NCI (US)
Guillaume Lacoste, BA – MBMC (Canada)
Kate Guasteferro, PhD – Penn State (US)
Kim Lavoie, PhD – UQAM (Canada)
Mariantonia Lemos, PhD – EAFIT (Colombia)
Chris Noone, PhD – NUI Galway (Ireland)
Liza Perez, BSc, RPSGT – MBMC (Canada)
Justin Presseau, PhD – Ottawa Hospital (Canada)
Sherri Sheinfeld Gorin, PhD – Michigan (US)
Geneviève Szczepanik, PhD – MBMC (Canada)

Partners for the 2021 Summer School

The Summer School initiative is offered yearly over five years by the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) Chair through Concordia University with the support of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (CIHR SPOR), the Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Behavioural Medicine, Fonds du Recherche du Quebec: Societé et Culture (FRQSC), the Centre de recherche du Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Nord-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (CR-CIUSSS-NIM), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and the Montréal Behavioural Medicine Centre (MBMC).