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Events and Announcements
2017 NIH BSSR Festival: Connecting People to Advance Health
Please join OBSSR and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee for the “NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival: Connecting People to Advance Health,” on Friday, December 8 at 8:30 a.m. ET at the Natcher Conference Center (Building 45). This annual festival brings together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network and collaborate with each other and share scientific ideas; highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research (BSSR) that the NIH supports; and explore ways to advance BSSR. This meeting will not be live webcast. Please register to attend in person. This meeting is free and open to the public.
OBSSR Director's Series Webinar: Behavioral Pain Management Interventions for Patients with Cancer
Join OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., and Tamara Somers, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center, on Tuesday, November 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a webinar titled “Behavioral Pain Management Interventions for Patients with Cancer: Improving Access and Optimization.” Pain is one of the most common and distressing symptoms for patients with cancer. There is evidence that behavioral pain interventions are efficacious for decreasing pain and pain-related symptoms. The NIH recommends the integration of behavioral pain interventions into cancer care. Yet, these interventions remain poorly translated into clinical cancer care. Two factors impacting poor implementation are persistent intervention access barriers and lack of intervention optimization. This presentation will focus on strategies for increasing
behavioral pain intervention access and optimization.
NIH Plans for Issuing Clinical Trial Specific Parent Announcements
In February NIH announced plans to require clinical trial specific funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for due dates of January 25, 2018 and beyond. Expect to see clinical trial specific parent FOAs on the streets for select activity codes at least 60 days ahead of the first due date after January 25, 2018. Some NIH Institutes and Centers will join these parent FOAs; others will publish IC-specific Clinical Trial FOAs.
2017 NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity
Obesity is a major contributor to serious health conditions, but its multifactor nature makes it an exceedingly complex condition to study. Use of natural experiments can aid the study of obesity but these experiments are impeded by several research gaps. The NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) are sponsoring the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Methods for Evaluating Natural Experiments in Obesity on December 5–6, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland at the Natcher Conference Center. This conference seeks to address research gaps by clarifying questions on data-sources, methodologies, and measures in natural experiments to advance the field and effect change in obesity prevention efforts nationally. The workshop is free and open to the public.
NIH Science of Behavior Change Program FOAs Webinar
The Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) program seeks to promote basic research on the initiation, personalization and maintenance of behavior change. Two informational webinars were held for potential applicants to the below SOBC FOAs. The webinar recording, transcript, and FAQs compiled from both webinars are now publicly available on the SOBC Common Fund Website.
- Science of Behavior Change: Revision Applications for Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes (R01) (RFA-RM-17-022)
- Science of Behavior Change: Revision Applications for Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes (U01) (RFA-RM-17-023)
- Science of Behavior Change: Revision Applications for Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes (R34) (RFA-RM-17-024)
- Science of Behavior Change: Use-inspired Research to Optimize Adherence, Behavior Change Interventions, and Outcomes (R21) (RFA-RM-17-028)
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