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13th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting: Working together for healthy living: Multidisciplinary behavioural medicine

Wednesday 13th December 2017 - Thursday 14th December 2017 at Hilton Liverpool

The Society invites all behavioural and public health researchers, clinical practitioners, epidemiologists, health and clinical psychologists, medical sociologists, health economists, nurses, pharmacists and all other colleagues interested in the field of behavioural medicine to participate in this two day meeting.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof Zubin Austin (University of Toronto)
  • Chris Boardman, MBE in conversation with Prof Greg Whyte (Liverpool John Moores University)
  • Prof Trudie Chalder (King's College London)
  • Sir Muir Gray, CBE (University of Oxford)

Pre-conference workshops: Tuesday 12th December 2017

Our Annual Scientific Meeting will be preceded by pre-conference workshops on Tuesday 12th December. Further information will be added shortly.

Call for 'Late Breaking' Submissions

UKSBM are now inviting submission of late breaking abstracts for this year’s ASM in Liverpool. Please note: abstracts must be of truly late-breaking scientific research for which full data were not available at the time of the original 24th July 2017 deadline. Abstracts accepted prior to the late-breaking submission deadline are ineligible for consideration.

Oral, Short Oral and Poster Submissions

Click here to make an Oral, Short Oral or Poster submission via the online system.

Click here to download late breaking Oral, Short Oral or Poster submission guidelines.

The deadline for late breaking abstracts is Monday 18th September 2017 at 10am.

Symposia, Structured Discussion and Workshop Submissions

Symposia Guidelines | Symposia Submission Form
Structured Discussion Guidelines | Structured Discussion Submission Form
Workshop Submission Guidelines | Workshop Submission Submission Form

The deadline for late breaking abstracts is Monday 18th September 2017 at 10am.

Pre-Conference Workshop Submissions

We are also accepting Pre-Conference Workshop Submissions

Pre-Conference Workshop Guidelines | Pre-Conference Workshop Submission Form
The deadline for submission is Monday 18th September 2017 at 10am.

UKSBM Early Career Awards

The UKSBM Early Career Awards recognise and reward promising Early Career Researchers in behavioural medicine. The award consists of a certificate and a cheque for £100 and free registration for the NEXT UKSBM conference annual scientific meeting held the following year.

Please click here for further information and guidance.

UKSBM Registration Bursaries

UKSBM bursary awards are now available to assist early career researchers to attend the annual scientific meeting who would otherwise be precluded from participation for financial reasons. The UKSBM will fund/reimburse 100% of your conference registration fee. Funding for travel will not be available.

Please click here for further information and guidance.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Liverpool in December 2017!

Local Organising Committee Members: Dr Helen Poole (Chair, Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Paula Watson (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Mark Forshaw (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Grahame Smith (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Adam Mackridge (Liverpool John Moores University), Geoff Bates (Liverpool John Moores University), Dr Andy Jones (University of London).

Further information on the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine can be found by visiting the society website;

Registration fees can be found on the online booking form, if you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Speakers and Facilitators


Professor Zubin Austin

Keynote Speaker
Zubin Austin BScPhm MBA MISc PhD is Professor and Murray Koffler Chair in Management, and the inaugural Academic Director of the Centre for Practice Excellence at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (Canada). His research focuses on the professional and personal development of the health human resources workforce. He has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts and authored three reference texts, and has received awards for his research from diverse national and international organizations. He is also an award winning educator, having received teaching awards from Canadian and American societies and he has been named undergraduate Professor of the Year by students on 16 separate occasions.

Chris Boardman, MBE

Keynote Speaker
Chris Boardman sprang into the public eye when he took Britain’s opening Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics astride the infamous Lotus bike. He went on to win three stages of the Tour de France, set numerous world records (several of which still stand) and became arguably Britain’s most successful cyclist to date. Chris later led the Research and Development team for British Cycling in the run up to Beijing, where they became the most successful British sporting team of all time. Post-cycling, father of six Chris went on to establish a name in journalism writing for various publications including Pro Cycling and working as a commentator for ITV and BBC major cycling events, as well as sitting on the National Cycling Strategy Board and co-founding the well-respected Boardman Bikes.

Chris is currently British Cycling’s Policy Advisor and is passionate about transforming the way we travel by putting cycling at the heart of transport policy.

Professor Trudie Chalder

Keynote Speaker
Trudie Chalder is Professor of Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy at King’s College London. She has worked as a clinician and a researcher in the area of long term conditions and medically unexplained symptoms for about 30 years. She develops specific cognitive behavioural models for understanding and treating these conditions and evaluates the approaches within the context of randomised controlled trials in primary and secondary care. Her research involves investigating not only whether treatment works in the context of gold standard randomised controlled trials but how and for whom it works. Her work spans adolescents and adults.

Trudie has published approximately 200 articles. She was the President of the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and is an Editor of the Journal of Mental Health.

Sir Muir Gray, CBE

Keynote Speaker
Muir Gray entered the public health service by joining the City of Oxford Health Department in 1972. The first phase of his professional career focused on disease prevention and health in old age, followed by the development of the NHS screening programmes as well as services aimed at bringing knowledge to patients and professionals, including the NHS Choices. He has also been instrumental in setting up the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine and the Cochrane Collaboration in Oxford. During this period he was appointed as the Chief Knowledge Officer of the NHS in England. He is a Visiting Professor in Knowledge Management at the Department of Surgery and a Visiting Professor of Value Based Healthcare at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

He has returned to his first mission to prevent disease and promote health in old age with a series of books Sod60! Sod70!, SodIt, Eat Well and the Mid-life Health Handbook.

Professor Greg Whyte, OBE

Keynote Speaker
In 2014 Professor Greg Whyte was awarded an OBE for his services to Sport, Sport Science & Charity, and was voted as one of the Top 10 Science Communicators in the UK by the British Science Council. Greg is an Olympian in modern pentathlon, and is a European and World Championship medalist. Graduating from Brunel University, he furthered his studies with an MSc in human performance in the USA and completed his PhD at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, London. Greg is currently a Professor of Applied Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Greg's former roles include Director of Research for the British Olympic Association and Director of Science & Research for the English Institute of Sport. Greg is an internationally recognised expert in Exercise Physiology and Sports and Exercise Performance, with extensive professional experience assessing, treating and improving the performance of patients, sporting enthusiasts and athletes. Greg is well-known for his involvement in Comic Relief, since 2006 Greg has applied his sports science work to assist various celebrities in completing some of the toughest challenges (including among others David Walliams’ English channel crossing, Eddie Izzard’s 43 marathons in 50 days and Davina McCall’s 506-mile ultra-marathon). As a result of his work, Greg has helped raise over £36 million for charity.


Hilton Liverpool City Centre

3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool, L1 8LW •  Directions

Situated in the center of the Liverpool ONE retail and leisure complex, this Liverpool hotel’s location provides easy access to transport links and cultural attractions. Built on the site of the Old Customs House, Hilton Liverpool City Centre has a curved design that represents the meandering River Mersey.