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International Collaborative Studies Committee

The International Collaborative Studies Committee is responsible for the encouragement and stimulation of international/cross- cultural research projects in the area of behavioral medicine. This committee helps identify areas of prime interest to the field as well as possibilities for collaborative efforts with international research organizations. The ISBM International Collaborative Studies Committee is a 4-year term position.


The main objective of ISBM International Collaborative Studies Committee (ICSC) is to facilitate international collaborative studies within the field of behavioral medicine.


1. ISBM website as a forum of exchange

  1. research partner search for new international research collaborative study ideas
  2. search for special expertize in specific issues and problems related to international collaborative studies

2. Workshops and other sessions at ICBM conferences

3. Existing research networks

  • Network for the study of subjective and unexplained health complaints (INSUHC)
  • The ICSC also has plans to develop international research networks in the areas of: job stress; social support; and risk perception.

4. Exchange programmes between institutes for both junior and senior researchers

The Committee web page and networks can provide a platform to search for relevant exchange programmes and places in other countries. The committee cannot provide funds for exchange, but it can help in finding potential funding sources.

Established collaborations

International Network For Subjective and Unexplained Health Complaints (INSUHC)

As a good practice of an international collaboration in the behavioral medicine field, the ISCS sponsors the International Network For Subjective and Unexplained Health Complaints (INSUHC).

International EIRA Network (EIRA = Evidence in Research and Action)

The EIRA network aims to bridge the gap between research evidence, practice and policy. EIRA´s main areas of work at the moment are public health and health promotion, but behavioral medicine is also covered. Please check the EIRA website to find out about current network partners, scheduled meetings and keep eye on the developments e.g. in the area of research resources.

Peers for Progress

Peers for Progress is a global program of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation to promote peer support in health care and health promotion.

Its aims are to 1) expand the research base supporting peer support interventions, 2) facilitate knowledge exchange, sharing of program models and resources, and quality improvement approaches among organizations implementing peer support programs, and 3) work with regional and national collaborations to advance peer support toward full inclusion as a regular part of health care and prevention.

With support from the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation, Peers for Progress has awarded 14 evaluation and demonstration grants examining peer support in diabetes management in 9 countries on 6 continents.  Among those associated with these grants are Guadalupe Ayala, Ph.D., M.P.H. – San Diego State University, USA; Linda Baumann, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN – University of Wisconsin, USA; and Brian Oldenburg, Ph.D. – Monash University, Australia.

Those who would like to be included in the network of peer support programs and researchers should contact the Global Director of Peers for Progress, Ed Fisher, Ph.D. (

Partner search for international collaborative studies

  1. A principal investigator (PI) is requested to submit the following information to the Committee chair via e-mail as an attached Word file, with an understanding that the information may be posted on the ISBM website and newsletter, and also sent to ISBM member societies:
    • Name, degree, position and affiliation, and ISBM membership of the PI.
    • A brief description of the project (less than 300 words): Aims, subjects & methods, publication plans, and implications, study period, possible funding sources
    • Eligibility criteria of participating researchers (e.g., geographic areas/countries, human and financial resources, prior training and experiences)
    • Contact information (at least, postal address and e-mail address)
    • Information needed from those interested to join the study: Deadline, materials, etc.
  1. The ICSC chair and committee members will review the proposal.
  2. The ICSC chair will put the information on the ISBM/ICSC webpage and will notify the ISBM member societies about it via     e-mail.
  3. A researcher who has interest in the proposed project should directly contact the PI (or a contact person).
  4. The PI will be asked by the ICSC to report annually the status of the research collaboration.
  5. Once the collaboration study starts, the PI is strongly encouraged to present their products at ICBM conferences and publish relevant papers in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (IJBM).

Current projects calling for participation

There are currently no projects.


Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi

Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi

International Collaborations Committee Chair

International Collaborations Committee Chair 2023-2027