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Plan Now to Attend the 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, April 22-25, 2009

"Behavioral Medicine: From Evidence to Practice and Policy," is the theme of the 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of SBM in Montréal, Canada, April 22-25, 2009, a timely topic of keen interest to behavioral medicine researchers, practitioners, and educators alike.

The Program
Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University, who coined the term "evidenced-based medicine," and SBM President Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, who adapted the evidence-based practice process for behavioral interventions, will deliver keynote addresses highlighting trends and developments that inform and support the translational process.

Other speakers include:

Wayne J. Katon, MD, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington.

Delia Smith West, PhD, professor and Look AHEAD investigator, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Caryn Lerman, PhD, director of the Tobacco Use Research Center, University of Pennsylvania.

Dee Edington, PhD, professor of Movement Science, University of Michigan.

Noshir Contractor, PhD, engineer and entrepreneur who will share his work on the use of e-network science to map, understand and enable effective networks among business, science, engineering, and public health communities.

C. Tracy Orleans, PhD, Distinguished Fellow and Senior Scientist, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging;

Sumit Majumdar, MD, MPH, health outcomes expert at the University of Alberta

Miriam Shuchman, MD, physician and medical columnist.

Enjoy Montréal!
Montréal is guaranteed to charm meeting attendees with its architecture, top-rated restaurants, chic boutiques, museums, and more. The city is a study in contrasts, offering something for everyone. Visit www.tourisme-Montreal.org to learn more about this exciting city.

All educational sessions will be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, directly across from the main meeting hotels, the Hyatt Regency and the Intercontinental.

Housing Registration Open
To book a hotel room, visit www.sbm.org, and click on à la Montréal. The conference rate is available through March 22, 2009, but conference-rate rooms could sell out before then - so reserve your room today!

Thanks to our Canadian Colleagues
To extend our thanks to our Canadian colleagues for hosting the meeting in Canada, SBM will be offering a free Seminar ticket ($60 value, discount to be taken during registration) to Canadian residents who are either students or first-time meeting attendees with a full paid meeting registration.

Rapid Communication Abstracts Accepted November 28 - January 5
The September 19 deadline for abstract submissions has passed, but beginning November 28, 2008, SBM will open an additional submission opportunity for late-breaking Rapid Communication abstracts that allow researchers to report recently analyzed data. All accepted Rapid Communication abstracts will appear as posters during one of the 30th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions three poster sessions and in handouts disseminated to all Meeting attendees. For more information visit www.sbm.org or http://sbm2009.abstractcentral.com/ on November 28, 2008, to submit your abstract; closing date is January 5, 2009.

Mix and Mingle
Networking is an important aspect of any Annual Meeting and this year's includes two SBM-sponsored receptions, where all attendees can catch up, exchange ideas, view posters, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar:

Wednesday evening, April 22:
Opening Welcome featuring Citation Awards and Meritorious Student Award Posters in the Poster and Exhibit Hall

Thursday evening, April 23:
President's Reception in the Poster and Exhibit Hall

Don't Forget Your Passport
US citizens need a passport for entry and exit; find passport application information at http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html