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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)

Conference Programme

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Last Updated: 11:30 Friday 24th November 2017

Please note, all speakers, timings, room allocations are subject to change.

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Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday 12th December 2017

We are pleased to confirm our Pre-Conference Workshops. Pre-Conference Workshops will be held at Liverpool John Moores University, Exchange Station, Tithebarn St, Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 2QP on Tuesday 12th December 2017.

Working Together to Advance Personalised Behavioural Medicine using N-of-1 Methods


Dr Suzanne McDonald (Health Psychologist, Newcastle University), Dr Peter Tennant (Epidemiologist and Statistician University of Leeds) & Dr Nicki O'Brien (Methodologist and Health Psychologist, North East NIHR Research Design Service, Newcastle University)

The randomised controlled trial (RCT) is often regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for evaluating health interventions. RCTs involve randomly allocating individuals to intervention or control conditions and comparing outcomes. RCTs identify whether an intervention works on average, but provide less information about whether an intervention works for each individual in the trial. An intervention may be deemed effective on average, but the aggregated findings may conceal instances where it is ineffective or harmful to individuals. Recent years have seen a movement towards personalised medicine, shared-decision making and patient-centred health care, which requires methods that focus on individuals while maintaining scientific rigour.

N-of-1 methods (or ‘single-case’) involve repeated outcome measurement in an individual over time to draw conclusions specific to that individual. N-of-1 methods are advocated by the Medical Research Council for evaluating health interventions. For example, n-of-1 RCT designs involve randomly allocating different time periods within an individual to intervention or control conditions, extending the rigour obtained in group-based RCTs to the individual level. They are recognised for providing one of the highest levels of evidence for making treatment decisions since they are based on patients’ own data. In addition, patients report that participating in n-of-1 studies empowers them to take an active role in their health and treatment decisions.

In the field of behavioural medicine, n-of-1 methods are a novel way to understand and change health behaviours (e.g. physical activity, smoking). They also provide an important opportunity to understand the temporal nature of chronic disease symptoms, such as pain and fatigue, within individuals over time. However, the use of these methods in behavioural medicine is still in its infancy despite a number of important opportunities they can offer to answer key questions in behavioural medicine. High quality studies using appropriate statistical methods for analysing n-of-1 data and information about patient, health professional and policy maker acceptability of these methods are needed.

The aim of the workshop is to work together to learn and explore how n-of-1 methods can be applied to personalise behavioural medicine and help inform policy and commissioning decisions in future healthcare. This workshop will be of interest to scientists, clinicians, policy makers and commissioners.

The workshop objectives are to

  • Educate: Workshop participants will learn about the state of the art of n-of-1 methods in behavioural medicine. In particular, workshop participants will learn about the different types of n-of-1 designs that can be used and about the practical issues to consider when designing, conducting and analysing n-of-1 studies.
  • Create: Using patient vignettes, workshop participants will be asked to design an n-of-1 study that could help the patient, health professional, policy maker or commissioner better understand the health condition and how it could be treated or prevented. The group task is designed to consolidate the information learned in objective 1.
  • Debate: The workshop will elicit views and opinions on the acceptability and value of n-of-1 methods from the perspectives of the patient, health professional, policy maker and commissioner to answer the question: How can n-of-1 methods be used to help inform future healthcare?

Population level intervention options for diet and obesity: where should our priorities lie and why?


Dr Eric Robinson, Prof Simon Capewell & Dr Emma Boyland (University of Liverpool), Dr Jean Adams & Prof Martin White (University of Cambridge) and Prof Paul Aveyard (University of Oxford)

Unhealthy diet is a major public health problem; it is a significant risk factor for obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancer. Because of the scale of these problems, interventions that target the general population (population level interventions) will be an important part of any strategy to address unhealthy diet. Yet, it is unclear which types of population level interventions to promote healthier diet we should be prioritising. Moreover, because designing, implementing and evaluating population level public health interventions is notoriously difficult, adequately addressing poor diet is challenging and would benefit from greater inter-disciplinary collaboration.

The aims of this workshop are to

  • Bring together researchers from a range of scientific disciplines interested in food systems, nutrition and population health
  • Discuss the key challenges for the design, implementation and evaluation of population level interventions for diet
  • Identify the most pressing research questions concerning population level interventions for diet that we can address through collaborative, inter-disciplinary research

After a workshop introduction, participants working on population level interventions for diet will have the opportunity to share their on-going work in this area to the group (5 mins per speaker, informal). Through the use of facilitator presentations and structured group discussions we will work towards achieving the workshop aims outlined above.

Intended outputs
The identification of opportunities for collaborative and inter-disciplinary research on diet, and barriers that need to be overcome.

Who should attend?
We are keen to bring together participants from a range of scientific disciplines (e.g. nutrition, public health, behavioural, social and political sciences), united by their interest in diet, intervention and population health. We would welcome those at all stages of their careers, especially early career researchers (doctoral or post-doctoral).

Cost to attend
Pre-Conference Workshop attendance is priced at £37.50 (£31.25+VAT) for UKSBM Members and £80.00 (£66.67+VAT) for Non-Members.

If you would like to attend one of these workshops and have already registered for the conference, please email usmk-oe.oukb@cjnsc.k to add one of the workshops to your booking. If you are not registered to attend the conference but would like to attend one of the pre-conference workshops, you can book your place via the registration page.

Call for Submissions

UKSBM are no longer accepting submission for this year’s ASM in Liverpool. Thank you to all those that have submitted, we will be in touch with the outcome of your submission as soon as possible following review.

The deadline for late breaking abstracts was 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.

Applications were accepted until 17:00 Friday 6th October 2017.

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.

Applications were accepted until 17:00 Friday 6th October 2017.

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;

Please note, we are no longer holding any accommodation. All accommodation requested will be for Jurys Inn Liverpool and are subject to availability. Completion of the booking form does not guarantee availability and the rate may increase from the price advertised on the booking from. Accommodation is not confirmed until a member of the team has contacted you via email.

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.