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Meet 2024 HBIC Awardee Liisa Tolvanen

By 20 April 2024May 3rd, 2024No Comments

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative (HBIC) Award committee is designed to facilitate mentorship collaborations with international laboratories or research groups under the guidance of an identified international mentor. The HBIC is sponsored by six behavioral medicine organisations, including the ISBM.

The 2024 ISBM HBIC awardee is Dr. Liisa Tolvanen of the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. Read more about Dr. Tolvanen and her award-winning project below.

Dr. Liisa Tolvanen is a postdoctoral researcher and registered dietitian with specialist competence in adult obesity. The HBIC award will allow Dr. Tolvanen to travel to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, United States, to collaborate with her international mentor, Dr. Koball. Dr. Koball is a health psychologist and a leading expert on psychological factors related to patient outcomes following metabolic and bariatric surgery. This international collaboration is a natural extension of Dr. Tolvanen’s prior research on patients’ experiences with weight recurrence after metabolic and bariatric surgery. The primary purpose and anticipated benefit of the international collaboration between Dr. Koball and Dr. Tolvanen is to collaborate on a series of studies exploring, through qualitative interviews and quantitative surveying of providers in the United States and Sweden, provider perspectives on follow-up care and intervention for patients who have experienced weight recurrence following metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Congratulations, Dr. Tolvanen! We look forward to seeing the results of this important work.

Claire Conley

Claire C. Conley, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncology and a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program within Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. Dr. Conley’s program of research broadly focuses on psychosocial issues across the cancer continuum, from prevention to end-of-life. Her research aims to promote health behavior change and improve quality of life in the context of cancer.