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SBM Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA

Full Day Seminars

Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pre-registration and ticket required for admission
Full/Associate/Emeritus Members: $125
Student/Trainee/Transitional Members: $75
Non-Members: $150

Seminar 01: NIH Grant Writing Seminar for Early Career Researchers

Lead Presenter: Susan M. Czajkowski, National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Co-Presenters: Fungai Chanetsa, PhD, MPH, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Washington, DC; Karina W. Davidson, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; Stacey C. FitzSimmons. Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY; Seth C. Kalichman, PhD, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Wendy J. Nilsen, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Heather Patrick, PhD, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, DC; Michael J. Stirratt, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; and Deborah J. Wiebe, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

This seminar will provide investigators who are new to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application process with information and advice on writing a successful application for NIH funding. The format will include didactic presentations, question and answer sessions, a “mock” review, and small group discussion. NIH scientists who oversee programs of research will describe current funding opportunities, grant mechanisms, policies, procedures, and steps in the grant submission process. An NIH review officer will discuss review procedures and considerations, and senior investigators will provide their perspectives on writing a successful application.

Ample time will be provided for questions regarding programmatic, review and grantsmanship aspects of the NIH funding process. In addition, experiential and small-group activities will deepen participants’ knowledge of the grant writing process and provide more tailored information and feedback. A “mock” review session will be conducted to demonstrate the roles and interactions among various participants in a study section, including the NIH review officer, review group Chair and assigned reviewers. Participants will also be asked to submit in advance a 1-2 page synopsis of the research aims, hypotheses, and methods for an application they are considering submitting, and/or specific questions they may have regarding the grant writing and review process. These will be discussed in small groups led by NIH staff and senior investigators, allowing participants to receive detailed feedback and advice to enhance the quality of their future grant submissions

Seminar 02: Integrating Evidence-Based Health Coaching into Healthcare Settings

Lead Presenter: Dawn L. Edwards, Syracuse VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
Co-Presenters: Joanne D. Taylor, Northport VA Medical Center, Northport, NY and Michael J. Stern VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System, Montrose, NY

The management of chronic illness accounts for a growing percentage of visits to healthcare providers, with 45% of the US population experiencing one or more chronic illness. Many of these conditions are caused or exacerbated by unhealthy lifestyle choices. The WHO estimates that 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancers could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity, and no tobacco use. The authoritarian approach, typically used by healthcare providers in their efforts to elicit behavior change in patients, often ends in frustration and dissatisfaction for both patients and providers. As we consider the theme for this year's meeting, “Engaging New Partners and Perspectives”, it seems fitting to look at ways to engage current partners (our patients) in new ways and incorporate their perspective into our treatment approach. Healthcare providers are trained to know "what" a patient should do to improve their health, but many have not learned “how” to most effectively partner with their patients to facilitate health behavior change.

This seminar reviews the basics of health coaching from two perspectives: it introduces the skills and tools a clinician needs to most effectively support health behavior change in their patients; and it offers guidance for individuals interested in promoting health coaching skill development in other healthcare providers. Following a review of the literature, philosophy, and techniques of effective health coaching, participants will choose one of two breakout sessions based on their learning goals. One breakout offers additional instruction to participants new to health coaching wishing to incorporate it into their own clinical practice. The second explores ways to promote and support health coaching skill development in others. Participants will learn through a combination of lecture, video demonstration, and practice exercises. Each participant will also receive a CD containing coaching tools, patient handouts, and supplemental readings.

Seminar 03: Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training: An Introduction to Clinical Use

Lead Presenter: Jean L. Kristeller, Psychology, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN

This seminar will introduce the conceptual background, briefly review research evidence, and present treatment components of the MB-EAT program that has been used effectively with individuals with compulsive eating problems and obesity (Kristeller & Hallett, 1999; Kristeller & Wolever, 2011; Kristeller et al., under review). It is intended for a range of practitioners, with particular value for those working with health behavior change, eating problems and obesity.

Mindfulness approaches to treating obesity offer substantial promise. An overview of two completed NIH-randomized clinical trial will be presented, along with expanded portions developed for addressing weight loss. Portions of a video of participants’ experiences will be shared. For these participants, meditation appears to act by rapidly promoting self-awareness, internalization of control and self-acceptance. Therefore, this approach may be useful not only for treatment for eating problems, but may help expand understanding of how self-awareness/ mindfulness may contribute to emotional, behavioral and physiological self-regulation.

Experiential work will include presentations of several key guided meditations. Mindfulness exercises with actual food will be used, in addition to other eating and general meditation exercises. In addition, substantial time will be allowed for group discussion of application to various populations.