SSIB 2019 Special Events & Workshops


Tuesday, July 9
9:00 - 1:00 PM
Mission 1

Bringing an Experimental Medicine Approach to the Science of Behavior Change: A Hands-on Introduction to the NIH SOBC Program

Researchers world-wide are coalescing around promising approaches to advance a mechanism-focused behavior change science to address the tremendous disease burden posed by maladaptive behaviors, including overeating and unhealthy diets. Indeed, supported by the National Institutes of Health Common Fund, the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Program seeks to make behavior change research more impactful, targeted, and systematic by promoting a common, mechanism-focused, experimental medicine approach. In this pre-conference workshop led by members of the SOBC Program and other like-minded researchers from around the globe, attendees will be introduced to SOBC and learn about insights, initial findings, and resources from this initiative. Attendees will also get firsthand experience with the SOBC method and resources by applying them to their own research interests. In addition, workshop participants will engage in interactive discussions about the challenges, opportunities, and next steps in the area of behavior change science, particularly as it intersects with the interests and priorities of the Society for the Science of Ingestive Behavior.


Workshop leaders: Drs. Luke Stoeckel, Jeffrey Birk, Jun Ma, Anne Roefs, Anita Jansen


Tuesday, July 9
8:00 - 9:00 PM
Offsite -Brasserie Domplein

The Dom Tower of Utrecht is the tallest church tower in the Netherlands, at 112.5 metres in height, and the Gothic-style tower is the symbol of the city. The tower was part of the St. Martin's Cathedral, also known as Dom Church, and was built between 1321 and 1382, to a design by John of Hainaut. On the 9th of July the Dom Tower will be opened especially for the SSIB to allow our new investigators to enjoy a private tour and climb 465(!) steps and get an amazing view. We will meet at Brasserie Domplein next to the Dom at 8pm sharp, those who don't want to climb can wait there (the tour takes about an hour) and have a drink. The number of people allowed to enter the Dom at the same time is limited to 30, so you need to register beforehand if you want to join. Hope to see you there.


Wednesday, July 10
1:30 - 3:30 PM
Mission 1

Lex Kravitz will present some recent developments in open-source hardware for ingestive and behavioral research. He will highlight a few open-source devices and discuss the advantages of these devices in research studies. Finally, he will lead the audience through an interactive example to demonstrate how open-source devices can be built and used without advanced knowledge of electronics or coding.

Lack of reproducible research is a major threat to the advancement of ingestive behavior research. Kyle Burger will present some of the concerning scientific approaches that perpetuate non-reproducible results followed by a discussion on simple scientific practices that serve to increase the rigor and transparency of ingestive behavior research. Lastly, he will provide a demonstration of some of the tools (e.g., NutrXiv, a preprint service; Open Science Framework) available that facilitate rigorous and rapidly accessible research.

The Core Neuropsychological Measures for Obesity and Diabetes Trials Project aimed to (1) identify the key cognitive and perceptual domains in which performance can influence treatment outcomes, including predicting, mediating, and moderating treatment outcome and (2) to generate neuropsychological batteries comprised of freely available and easy-to-administer tests that best measure these key domains. The ultimate goals of this project are for the batteries to be used in ongoing and future obesity and diabetes trials so that the relationship between cognition and obesity and diabetes can be better understood, in turn identifying the most promising cognitive domains as targets for intervention. Luke Stoeckel and Dana Small will present the rationale for the project and three options for the neuropsychological batteries to satisfy varying time and other administration constraints.


Thursday, July 11
12:45 - 1:45 PM
Mission 1

During this career development panel and lunch, our panel of scientists will share their advice for pursuing careers within and outside of academia. Panelists will answer questions from the audience and share their expertise across topics such as: transferrable skills for alt-academia careers, navigating the academic job market, early-career grant writing, and finding work-life balance. A box lunch will be available to the first 50 attendees.


Friday, July 12
1:00 - 3:30 PM
Mission 1

This session is intended to provide insight into the NIH grant review process for both new and experienced investigators. Dr. Raul Rojas, Scientific Review Officer for IPOD, will describe the study section process and will run a "study section", Chaired by Dr. Tim Moran, in which three grants will be reviewed and scored. Subsequently Dr. Patrick Tso, will explain how grants are handled by council and Dr. Susan Yanovski, Program Director of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition at NIH, will summarize recent changes in requirements for grants that include human subjects. There will be an opportunity for questions regarding each stage of the review process.



Saturday, July 13
12:30 - 1:30 PM
Mission 1


Social media use in academia has grown increasingly over the last 15 years and it now plays a large role in science communication and student engagement. Scientists are using social media to learn about the newest science, and to open the lines of communication to other scientists. Perhaps more importantly, the media, particularly Twitter, allows for scientists to engage with funders, politicians, and the public in efforts to improve knowledge translation and draw attention to concerns facing scientists (e.g. inadequate funding) and/or trainees (e.g. promoting positive culture in research).

We will discuss different uses for various social media platforms. We will also touch on the ins and outs of preprints, and the dangers of predatory journals. The format will involve a presentation followed by time for Q & A.

  • Rachael Engels- Publisher, ELSEVIER
  • Suzanne Higgs, PhD - Editor Appetite
  • Thomas Lutz, PhD - Editor Physiology & Behavior