NIH Meeting on the Science of Behavior Change
The NIH meeting on the science of behavior change, held June 15 to 16, 2009, in Bethesda, Maryland, represented the coalescing of efforts to help the NIH shape an exciting new research agenda for a cross-NIH, cross-disciplinary initiative on the basic science of behavior change. Over 130 participants attended the meeting, including 60 invited experts who shared their perspectives from fields as varied as psychology, neuroscience, economics, sociology, nursing, biology, medicine, health behavior and health education, public health, epidemiology, gerontology, pharmacology, dentistry, marketing, communication, decision making, computer science, and engineering, as well as 67 NIH staff drawn from 17 Institutes and the offices of the NIH Director. The issues and ideas put forth by meeting participants stimulated innovative thinking and new collaborations aimed at accelerating the transformation of health promotion and disease prevention. A meeting summary is available.