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Events and Announcements
Submit your input on a revised BSSR definition
OBSSR invites you to submit your input on a revised definition of behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR). The field has evolved since the definition was created in 1996 and an updated definition will improve NIH's ability to describe, assess and monitor NIH BSSR funding. Using OBSSR’s IdeaScale website, you can view comments from others without registering on the site. You will need to register to submit comments and to respond to comments submitted by others. The deadline to submit input is February 22, 2019.
Register: NCI and SBM workshop on March 5, 2019
You are invited to register for a special pre-conference workshop on “Cutting-Edge Issues in the Design of Behavioral Clinical Trials: What Every Investigator Should Know,” which is being held in conjunction with the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 5, from noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. In this workshop, leading clinical trial experts and NIH program officers will address a series of critical issues in behavioral clinical trial development, design and implementation, as well as provide an overview of the latest NIH clinical trial policies and international efforts to improve the quality of behavioral clinical trials. Please feel free to share this information and registration link with colleagues you believe may be interested in this workshop.
Follow OBSSR on NIH's social media platforms March 11-15
OBSSR will be distributing OBSSR and NIH BSSR-relevant content via NIH's social media channels March 11-15, 2019. During this week, we will tell the story of OBSSR and the importance of BSSR at NIH. Stay turned for OBSSR's #ThisIsNIH tweets and posts and be sure to engagement with and share the content with your followers!
Register: March Director's Webinar with Dr. Pamela Herd
Pamela Herd, Ph.D., Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and Principal Investigator of Wisconsin Longitudinal Study will present on March 18, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET on “Social and population health science approaches to understanding the human gut microbiome.” Dr. Herd will outline key substantive and methodological advances that can be made if collaborations between social and population health scientists and life scientists are strategically pursued, as will provide a recent example of a collaboration. Registration for this webinar is required.
Apply: Training on the optimization of behavioral and biobehavioral interventions
Applications for the five-day, multi-presenter training on the Optimization of Behavioral and Biobehavioral Interventions are now being accepted. This training will be held May 13-17, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. Instructors include Drs. Linda M. Collins and Kate Guastaferro. Drs. Angela Pfammatter and Heather Wasser, alumni of the training who have applied experience with MOST, will serve as associate instructors. The training will cover the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST), development of a conceptual model, factorial experimental designs, power for optimization trials, data analysis, practical considerations, and how to write a grant proposal involving MOST. New features of the 2019 training include a self-guided data analysis practicum, dedicated time for networking, and opportunities for individual consultation. Please contact Kate Guastaferro at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
HINTS Data Users Conference rescheduled for May 22-23, 2019
The fifth HINTS Data Users Conference will take place on May 22-23, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference is an opportunity to learn more about research being conducted using Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) data, as well as the role of HINTS research in public health and clinical care. Register now to reserve your spot at the conference. There is still an opportunity to showcase your research; late-breaking poster abstracts are being accepted until March 20, 2019. Please visit the abstract submission section of the conference website for more information and to see a description of the various conference tracks. Registration is free, but space is limited.
Save the Date: NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors
OBSSR announces Dr. Mark J. VanLandingham, professor at Tulane University, as this year's NIH Matilda White Riley Behavioral and Social Sciences Honors Distinguished Lecturer. You are invited to join us for his presentation "Culture and Resilience: Insights from the Vietnamese American community in post-Katrina New Orleans" on Thursday, June 6, from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm ET on the NIH’s main campus, Wilson Hall (building 1). During his talk, Dr. VanLandingham will discuss the role he sees for culture in explanations of why some groups fare better post-disaster than other groups; why culture has been left out of most explanations of resilience in general and disaster recovery in particular; and why including culture in such explanations matters, for both academic and policy reasons.
NCI Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences communication fellowship opportunities
The National Cancer Institute is seeking people with experience in journalism, communications, and relevant fields to help share research findings, funding opportunities, and more as Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellows. These are one-year, full-time fellowships with possibility for renewal. Stipends are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. For more information, including how to apply, see each program’s listing:
Behavioral Research Program
Implementation Science Program
Surveillance Research Program