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14th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting

Healthy Futures: Childhood and beyond

Wednesday 12th December - Thursday 13th December 2018 at Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham

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.

We are currently working an exciting programme, further details will be added in due course.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce we have confirmed our 4 Keynote Speakers.

Professor Peymane Adab, University of Birmingham - Preventing childhood obesity, should schools play a role?

The greatest increase in obesity occurs during childhood, with a doubling of rates during the primary school years. This is also the period when inequalities in obesity emerge in the UK. Common sense suggests we should focus preventive efforts in this period and school based interventions are part of the UK government’s childhood obesity plan.

Evidence from school based childhood obesity prevention interventions is mixed. Qualitative studies, observational research and some trials suggest that schools may be a key setting for obesity prevention. However recent findings from three major UK trials targeting children’s school environment to modify diet and physical activity behaviours were not effective in preventing obesity.

This presentation will review the evidence on school based childhood obesity prevention programmes internationally, including ongoing evaluations and discussing areas of uncertainty. This includes a summary of current knowledge on potential intervention components, the wider effects, differential sub-group effects and cost-effectiveness. The presentation will conclude with the implications of the current evidence, highlighting some areas of focus for future research.

Professor Linda Bauld, University of Stirling - Smoking, vaping and young people: should we be alarmed?

Smoking rates in young people across the UK have declined to historic lows, although this decline has been much more marked in some groups than others. At the same time, surveys suggest that an substantial proportion of young people have tried vaping and in some cases, rates of use are higher than for smoking. In many countries, concerns about vaping as a 'gateway' to smoking have influenced regulation, resulting in bans on imports or sales, marketing or product characteristics such as flavouring. This presentation will outline the latest data on smoking and vaping in young people in the UK and consider the relationship between the two in the context of wider international trends. It will also consider how policy influences trajectories of both smoking and vaping uptake and how benefits for adult smokers can be balanced against possible risks to young people. Product innovation in novel nicotine containing devices will also be considered, including heat not burn tobacco, and what these might mean for nicotine use among future generations.

Professor Jackie Blissett, Aston University - Psychological perspectives on children’s eating: implications for making positive and lasting changes to eating behaviour.

There are numerous individual differences which underpin children’s eating behaviour, as well as numerous ways in which caregivers feed their children. This presentation will examine some of the important child factors which affect children’s eating outcomes (e.g. genetics of appetite and ‘neophobia’, sensory processing, temperament), some of the parent factors which influence feeding practices (beliefs, attitudes, mental health, culture) and will illustrate the complexity of parent-child interactions around feeding and eating. The implications for intervention development and adaptation will be discussed.

Professor Jim McCambridge, University of York - Reconciling, then integrating, individual and population perspectives on alcohol and health.

Presentation abstract to follow in due course.

Abstract Submissions

Submissions are no longer being accepted for the 14th UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting.

Submissions were accepted until Wednesday 25th July 2018 at 12.00PM. Thank you to all those who submitted, we'll be in touch as soon as possible following review.

Early Career Awards and Early Career Researcher Registration Bursaries

We are pleased to offer Early Career Awards and Early Career Researcher Registration Bursaries.

Early Career Award criteria
Early Career Researcher Registration Bursary criteria

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 5.00PM Friday 6th October 2018

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch via the event hotline on 01332 227770.

Speakers and Facilitators


Prof Peymané Adab

Keynote Speaker
Peymané Adab is Professor of Public Health and Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the University of Birmingham. She has 20 years research experience in public health, focusing on prevention and behavioural medicine, including programmes on obesity prevention and management, particularly in children and minority ethnic groups.

Her research uses mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative studies) to aid the development and evaluation of complex interventions. She holds grants from major funders in the UK and China and led one of the largest trials to evaluate a school based childhood obesity prevention programme in the UK (the WAVES study). She is currently leading a similar trial in Guangzhou, China (Chirpy Dragon trial), and evaluating the effectiveness of a popular UK school based physical activity programme (Daily Mile) on obesity prevention.

Peymané is an expert advisor to the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on obesity and was a Trustee of the Association for the Study of Obesity.

Prof Linda Bauld

Keynote Speaker
Linda Bauld is Professor of Health Policy, Director of the Institute for Social Marketing and Dean of Research Impact at the University of Stirling. She is also Deputy Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies, which covers 13 Universities, and holds the CRUK/BUPA Chair in behavioural Research for Cancer Prevention at Cancer Research UK.

She is a behavioural scientist with more than twenty years of experience conducting research on the main preventable risk factors for cancer and other noncommunicable diseases, including smoking, alcohol use and overweight and obesity. Linda is Deputy Editor of the journal ‘Nicotine and Tobacco Research’ and is President of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Europe. In 2017 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh for her contribution to public health.

Prof Jackie Blissett

Keynote Speaker
Professor Blissett’s research has examined the underpinnings of children’s fussy eating including poor fruit and vegetable acceptance, emotional eating, and obesity, as well as parental feeding practices including breastfeeding, complementary feeding and later childhood feeding practices. Other areas of current research activity are the feeding problems of children with disorders such as autism and ADHD, the relationship of the gut microbiome with eating behaviour and developmental outcomes, cultural differences in feeding practices, intervention development and adaptation. Professor Blissett began her career studying B.Sc. Psychology at Swansea University, then a Ph.D. at University of Birmingham. Professor Blissett moved to Aston University in January 2018, forming the Psychology of Eating in Adults and Children (PEACh) research group. Professor Blissett is active in public engagement with science, and her research is regularly featured on TV, radio and other media.

Prof Jim McCambridge

Keynote Speaker
Jim McCambridge holds the Chair in Addictive Behaviours & Public Health at the University of York and has various international appointments and roles. He has well developed research interests across addictions and in research methodology, and has worked on interventions throughout his career. Most of Jim’s work is on alcohol.

His two main current research programmes investigate interventions and policy issues, and with colleagues he has previously completed many individual-level intervention trials. He is currently working on the development and evaluation of a novel form of brief intervention in which attention to alcohol is integrated within medication reviews in community pharmacies. Current policy-related research seeks to develop our understanding of the roles the alcohol industry plays within the UK policy making context and elsewhere, as well as influencing the conduct of research globally. These ongoing research programmes are funded by NIHR and the Wellcome Trust respectively.


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