2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
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Society of Behavioral Medicine

37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions
March 30 - April 2, 2016
Washington, DC

Online Registration Ends March 22
DC Cherry Blossoms to Reach Peak Bloom during Annual Meeting
Capitol Steps Performance Canceled
Pre-Conference Seminar Shows How to Design RCT Orientations
Attend a Pre-Conference Seminar on Research Oversight for
  Adaptive Interventions
Register for Pre-Conference Course on Network Meta-Analysis
Delicious, Healthy Lunch and Dinner Options Nearby
Final Program Available Online
 

Online Registration Ends March 22

Online registration for the Society of Behavioral Medicine's (SBM's) 2016 Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, March 22.

If you miss online registration, you can register on site at the Washington Hilton conference hotel beginning at 7 a.m. EST on Wednesday, March 30.

SBM members receive a registration discount. You can easily renew your SBM membership or join the society when you register for the Annual Meeting.

Lincoln Memorial

An aerial photo shows the Lincoln Memorial.
Photo credit: Jason Hawkes, via Destination DC

 

DC Cherry Blossoms to Reach Peak Bloom during Annual Meeting

The National Park Service has forecast that the iconic cherry blossoms in Washington, DC, will reach peak bloom between Thursday, March 31 and Sunday, April 3. The timing coincides nicely with the Annual Meeting!

On the peak bloom day and for at least two days before and at least two days after, you can expect to see the trees in full bloom.

The majority of blossoms are located near the Tidal Basin and along the shoreline of East Potomac Park. Small clusters of trees can be found along the National Mall, northwest of the Lincoln Memorial and around the Washington Monument. The National Park Service has a National Cherry Blossom Festival map for viewing the blossoms, and Destination DC has tips for making the most of the festival.

Jefferson Memorial cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms are most visible near the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial.
Photo credit: Destination DC

 

Capitol Steps Performance Canceled

Due to insufficient interest, the Capitol Steps performance scheduled for Thursday, March 31 at the Annual Meeting will not take place. Refunds for ticket purchasers will be issued promptly.

To explore entertainment alternatives, visit Destination DC to find things to see and do. And don’t forget to show your meeting badge at restaurants and other establishments. Destination DC partners with local businesses to offer meeting attendees special discounts.

 

Pre-Conference Seminar Shows How to Design RCT Orientations

It’s not too late to register for “Seminar 9: Beyond Informed Consent: Designing Impactful Orientation Sessions for Randomized Trials to Maximize Engagement and Retention” taking place on the meeting’s “pre-conference” day: Wednesday, March 30.

Orientation sessions are often the first point of contact for research staff and participants and offer an important opportunity to set the tone of the research experience ahead. However, many studies do not take advantage that time to engage participants on a deep level in the research experience as well as provide participants with an understanding of the full commitment involved in enrolling. This interactive seminar will provide detailed examples that illustrate how techniques from an innovative approach were applied across a variety of research settings as well as an intensive hands-on session to assist attendees in their planning and implementation of similar techniques in their research.

Sign up for this seminar when you register for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered and would like to add this seminar, email info@sbm.org.

 

Attend a Pre-Conference Seminar on Research Oversight for Adaptive Interventions

Register today for “Seminar 17: Using a ‘Design-Thinking’ Approach to Inform the Connected and Open Research Ethics Project: A Participatory Approach.” This is one of the meeting’s “pre-conference” sessions, taking place Wednesday, March 30.

Researchers now collect data on-the-fly and in real-time. They subsequently design meaningful, personalized, and adaptive health interventions. While the opportunities are fantastic, standards to guide the responsible and ethical conduct of this research are lagging behind, creating challenges for institutional review boards and researchers alike. This seminar will apply a design-thinking approach to inform a dynamic, ethical learning system with a goal of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of current research oversight practices.

Sign up for this seminar when you register for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered and would like to add this seminar, email info@sbm.org.

 

Register for Pre-Conference Course on Network Meta-Analysis

Consider registering for “Course 6: Network Meta-Analysis for Behavioral Trials: An Introduction and Overview.” This is one of the meeting’s “pre-conference” sessions, taking place Wednesday, March 30.

Results from conventional pair-wise meta-analyses, while helpful in synthesizing and evaluating results from clinical trials, may make it difficult to determine which intervention is most effective among all available options. Network meta-analysis is a new and growing statistical approach that addresses the limitations of traditional pair-wise meta-analytic techniques. This approach allows for the synthesis of data from both direct and indirect comparisons and the ranking of interventions in order of efficacy. Course participants will receive an introduction to indirect comparison and network meta-analysis. They will learn how and when these approaches should be used.

This course is co-presented by SBM’s Evidence-Based Behavioral Medicine SIG, Scientific and Professional Liaison Council, Cancer SIG, and Theories and Techniques of Behavioral Medicine SIG as well as the US Cochrane Center.

Sign up for this course when you register for the Annual Meeting. If you have already registered and would like to add this course, email info@sbm.org.

 

Delicious, Healthy Lunch and Dinner Options Nearby

SBM’s Local Arrangements Committee recommends the following restaurants for dinner or a quick lunch. All are within walking distance of the Washington Hilton conference hotel.

Restaurants

  • Keren Restaurant: Eritrean/Ethiopian food and coffee; 1780 Florida Avenue NW, 5-minute walk
  • Lauriol Plaza: Tex-Mex; 3300 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 5-minute walk
  • ShopHouse: healthy Southeast Asian cuisine; 1516 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10-minute walk
  • Tryst Coffee: brunch, breakfast, lunch, coffee, and teas; 2459 18th Street NW, 10-minute walk
  • Tabard Inn: a DC institution for brunch, lunch, and dinner; 1739 N Street NW, 15-minute walk
Diners

Diners enjoy the Adams Morgan Neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Photo credit: Destination DC

Fast/Casual Eateries

  • Triple B Fresh: vegetarian/Korean; 1506 19th Street NW, 5-minute walk
  • Filter: local coffee and Hawthorne Fine Breakfast Pastry; 1726 20th Street NW, 5-minute walk
  • Chop’t: salads; 1300 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10-minute walk
  • SweetGreen: salads; 1512 Connecticut Avenue NW, 10-minute walk
  • Pizzeria Paradiso: salad options; 2003 P Street NW, 10-minute walk
  • Whole Foods Market: takeout and salad bar; 1440 P Street NW, 15-minute walk

 

Final Program Available Online

The meeting’s Final Program has been posted online. The program contains descriptions, times, and locations for all meeting sessions. It also contains information on award winners, the conference hotel, special conference features, and more.

Final Program

 

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