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HBIC Award 2023 Winners

By 25 July 2023August 1st, 2023No Comments

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative (HBIC) Award committee and the HBIC’s six sponsoring organisations are pleased to announce the 2023 award winners. The purpose of the award is to facilitate mentorship collaborations with international laboratories or research groups under the guidance of an international mentor. Selected mentorship collaborations will pursue specific research or program development projects in the areas of health research, clinical behavioral health, behavioral medicine, or health promotion. Winners are each awarded USD$3,000 to offset the costs of travel and collaborative activities that contribute to building their mentor partnerships.

The quality of the 2023 applications was excellent, and applicants included individuals at various career stages including graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career faculty members. Mentors come from nine different host countries, highlighting the international international reach of the award.

Alysha Deslippe (Canada)

  • Sponsored by: the Canadian Behavioural Interventions and Trials Network
  • Home institution: BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute, British Columbia, Canada
  • Mentor and host institution: Dr. Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, University of Galway, Ireland

Luz Tores (Colombia)

  • Sponsored by: the International Behavioural Trials Network and the CIHR-SPOR Chair
  • Home institution: Fundación Cardioinfantil-Instituto de Cardiología (LaCardio), Bogotá, Colombia
  • Mentor and host institution: Yael Bar-Zeev, Hebrew University-Hadassah Braun School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Israel

Tamla Evans (UK)

  • Sponsored by: the International Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Home institution: Leeds Beckett University, UK
  • Mentor and host institution: Profs Clare Collins and Tracy Burrows, University of Newcastle, Australia

Sol Vidal Almela (Canada)

  • Sponsored by: the Society for Behavioral Medicine
  • Home institution: University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Mentor and host institution: Dr. Fran Ortega and the PROFITH Research group, University of Granada, Spain

Elizabeth Schneider (Germany)

  • Sponsored by: the German Society for Behavioral Medicine (DGVM)
  • Home institution: APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Mentor and host institution: Prof. Anja Hilbert, University of Leipzig, Germany

Details about each winner and their HBIC projects are available at:

Briony Hill

Briony Hill, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Hill's research interests centre on weight stigma before, during and after pregnancy. She also has a strong interest in understanding the mechanisms that lead to the attainment of healthy diet and physical activity practices and weight for women during their reproductive years.