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Reminder: Submit Behavioral and Social Sciences Accomplishments to OBSSR by July 31, 2019
We need your help. Through 11:59 pm ET on July 31, 2019, we want everyone in the behavioral and social sciences research community to submit an accomplishment, add information to a submitted accomplishment, and/or vote on the ones that have had a substantial health impact and for which behavioral and social sciences research was critical to achieving.
When you submit, do not limit yourself to NIH-supported research – we know that the NIH funds important and impactful research, but research leading to health accomplishments is not limited to the research that the NIH funds. Do not limit yourself to only recent accomplishments – while our goal is partly to generate an updated list of accomplishments, the “oldies but goodies” are important contributions that show the sustained impact of our sciences. And do not limit yourself to accomplishments resulting only from your research – this is not a contest to determine whose research has been most impactful.
After we have collected your submissions and votes, an expert panel will review the submissions and assist OBSSR in how best to select, organize, and make available online. We hope that this accomplishments resource will be useful when any of us need to make the case for the importance of the behavioral and social sciences to health. Join us in contributing to this important resource.
Key Milestones during 40 years of Behavioral Medicine at the National Institutes of Health
The NIH has played a major role in promoting behavioral medicine research over the past 40 years through funding, review, and priority-setting activities and programs including scientific conferences, meetings, workgroups, intramural research, and training opportunities. In this review of NIH activities in support of behavioral medicine over the past four decades, Drs. Susan Czajkowski (NCI), Bill Riley (OBSSR), Catherine Stoney (NHLBI), Bill Klein (NCI), and Robert Croyle (NCI) highlight key events, programs, projects, and milestones that demonstrate the many ways in which the NIH has supported behavioral and social sciences research and advanced the public health while contributing to the evolution of behavioral medicine as a scientific field.
Request for Information: National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide
To advance the President's vision of a National Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End Suicide, OSTP and VA will lead development of a National Research Strategy to improve the coordination, monitoring, benchmarking, and execution of public- and private-sector research related to the factors that contribute to veteran suicide. Through this RFI, OSTP and VA seek input on ways to increase knowledge about factors influencing suicidal behaviors and ways to prevent suicide; inform the development of a robust and forward looking research agenda; coordinate relevant research efforts across the Nation; and measure progress on these efforts. The public input provided in response to this RFI will inform the Veteran Wellness, Empowerment, and Suicide Prevention Task Force, who will develop and implement the National Research Strategy. The response deadline is August 5, 2019.
Register Now: Alzheimer’s Disease Decadal Survey Workshop on ADRD Experience and Caregiving, Epidemiology, and Models of Care
The Decadal Survey of Behavioral and Social Science Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) will hold its first public workshop on August 14, 2019. Following remarks and perspectives from the project’s sponsors, individuals living with ADRD and caretakers will offer perspectives on the impact the disease has on individuals, families, and their communities, and on how best to improve support for those affected. The workshop will also include panels on epidemiological perspectives and models of care initiatives. Following the formal panel discussions, there will be a one-hour public comment session in which attendees may provide a brief statement or commentary to inform the work of the study committee. You may sign up for the public comment session via the event registration page here. Please note that you will be asked to provide your name and affiliation, and comments will be recorded and included in the archived webcast of the workshop, which will be posted on the study website a few weeks after the workshop.
Call for Proposals: Special Issue about Health Misinformation on Social Media
The American Journal of Public Health, in collaboration with NCI, intends to publish a special issue on health misinformation on social media.The special issue will focus on four main content areas:
- health misinformation surveillance
- the context of health misinformation
- the impact of health misinformation
- responses/interventions to address health misinformation
Extended proposals are due to Anna Gaysynsky, Assistant Guest Editor, at Anna.Gaysynsky@nih.gov by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, August 30, 2019. For specific questions on proposal content or orientation, please contact Guest Editor Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send Letters of Interest for Cancer Survivorship Program Director Position
The NCI’s Behavioral Research Program (BRP) invites letters of interest from researchers with cancer survivorship expertise to serve as a Program Director (Health Scientist Administrator). Candidates with a research or clinical focus on survivorship-related basic behavioral, biobehavioral, and psychological processes or behavioral interventions are especially encouraged to apply. This is a pre-announcement of the vacancy. The anticipated position will be full-time, based in Rockville, Maryland, and likely classified as a GS 13/14. Formal position announcements are posted periodically on www.usajobs.gov, and applications must be submitted there to be considered. Please submit a letter of interest, a CV, and two representative publications to email@example.com. Have questions? Contact Mary O’Connell.
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival
SAVE THE DATE: December 6, 2019 — NIH Campus, Natcher Conference Center (Bldg. 45). The Annual NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival will be hosted by OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee. The purpose of the festival is to highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; bring together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network with each other and share scientific ideas; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research.