February 24, 2023 | SOBC Webinar – Mechanistic Targets for Intervening with Racial Disparities: A Focus on Race-Related Stressors, Health Literacy, and Physicians/Patient Interactions

Please join the SOBC Research Network and expert speakers as we host a webinar focused on “Mechanistic Targets for Intervening with Racial Disparities: A Focus on Race-Related Stressors, Health Literacy, and Physician/Patient Interactions”.  This webinar will integrate the SOBC mechanistic science program with the current enhanced NIH focus on racial disparities in health.


Format: 2.5 hours consisting of a general introduction, followed by three 40-minute talks and a 20 min panel discussion.

Date: February 24th, 2:00 to 4:30 pm EST

The webinar has been successfully completed. To access the full recording, please visit our SOBC YouTube Channel.

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Registatrion for the Behaviour Change for Health and Sustainability 8th Annual Conference

The UCL Centre for Behaviour Change would be delighted to see you at the 8th annual conference, hosted online from the 7th-9th November 2022, with the theme Behaviour Change for Health and Sustainability.

Keynote speakers include: Elena AltieriDr Kim Lavoie, and Dr Felix Naughton.

You can register here: https://abbey.eventsair.com/cbc2022/cbc2022reg/Site/Register


Early bird rates will end on 30th September 2022!

For further information on the conference please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/behaviour-change/cbc-conference-2022-behaviour-change-health-and-sustainability

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November 2, 2021 | Sean D. Young, Ph.D., M.S. Presents: Reading Between the Tweets: Social Technologies for Predicting and Changing Health Behavior

Speaker: Sean D. Young, Ph.D., M.S.

Executive Director, University of California Institute for Prediction Technology

Associate Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Informatics, University of California, Irvine

Date: November 2, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. ET to 2:00 p.m. ET

Location: VirtualNIH videocast >

Description: Social technologies and their associated data are increasingly being used as tools in public health research and practice. Examples include social media, mobile apps, internet searches, and wearable sensors. More than half the world (4.5 billion people) uses social media sites to create, share, and discuss content—often in the form of personal thoughts, behaviors, and clinical diagnoses. Dr. Young will discuss how social technologies and data (e.g., artificial intelligence and data science modeling) are being used to impact public health and how researchers and health departments/agencies might apply them in public health surveillance/intervention efforts. He will also present his team’s research on how these tools can be employed to predict and change health behaviors, and on implementation-related issues such as policy and ethical questions. The studies to be discussed involve populations affected by HIV, mental health and substance use disorders, car crashes, or COVID-19.

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Register for the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research’s Meeting on Optimal Longevity: Mechanisms of Healthspan & Reducing Health Disparities

Join ABMR for cutting-edge talks and discussion on longevity mechanisms and behavioral medicine


You are invited to attend a special meeting on healthy aging research sponsored by the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research—a society of senior researchers. Listen to cutting-edge presentations and high-level discussion on a broad range of factors shaping human healthspan, including the role of social stressors such as trauma, racism, climate change. We will dive into regulatory mechanisms (vagal tone, immune aging, microbiome, mitochondria, epigenetic clocks) and interventions (such as mindfulness, breathing, and hyperthermia). Hear leading experts on optimizing brain aging and longevity, and engage in thought provoking discussions to move the field forward.


This meeting will be held online via zoom October 8th-11th, and you will be invited to participate through zoom Q&A sessions. You will receive the zoom link in the week before the conference. Registration is $50 for students, and there is a sliding scale for general admission from $100 – $400. Like many events, this meeting had to be rescheduled several times due to the pandemic, and has become very expensive to host with financial losses. If you can afford one of the higher rates, ABMR greatly appreciates your support of their non-profit academic society!


October 7, 2021 | Guillaume Chevance, PhD Presentation: Thinking Health-related Behaviors in a Climate Change Context

On October 7th at 11am, Dr. Guillaume Chevance will give a Grand Rounds presentation on: Thinking Health-related Behaviors in a Climate Change Context.


Human activities have changed the biosphere so profoundly over the past two centuries that human induced climate change is now posing serious health-related treats to the current and future generations. Rapid actions from all scientific fields are needed to contribute to both the mitigation and adaption to climate change. This presentation will discuss the bi-directional associations between climate change effects (i.e., rising average temperatures, natural disasters, air pollution, rising sea level) and health-related behaviors, as well as a set of key actions/propositions for the behavioral medicine community.


To register, click here.

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Subscribe to the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) YouTube Channel

The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) seeks to improve the understanding of underlying mechanisms of human behavior change by promoting research on the initiation, personalization, and maintenance of behavior change. SOBC aims to bring together basic and applied scientists across health-related behaviors, such as diet, exercise, and medication adherence, in order to develop more effective behavioral interventions. SOBC research is funded by the SOBC Common Fund Program in the Office of Strategic Coordination, Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Common Fund programs resonate with the missions of multiple Institutes, Centers, and Offices at the NIH. Its programs are intended to be transformative, cross-cutting, and unique. NIH staff from more than 15 Institutes, Centers, and Offices are involved in SOBC research and several of them are active members of the SOBC Research Network as Program Officials and Project Scientists associated with Network projects.


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