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Warren Bickel to Co-Chair NIH Science of Behavior Change Common Fund

Dr. Warren Bickel, Professor of Psychology and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute has been selected to Co-Chair along with Minda Lynch, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund<> program meeting titled Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Behavior Change on September 23-24, 2013 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Lynch is the Branch Chief of Behavioral and Cognitive Science Research Branch in Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral Research at National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The SOBC program seeks to establish the framework for a unified science of behavior change and has supported research and trans-disciplinary scientific conferences to promote an integration of the basic and applied science of behavior change, across disciplines including cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuro- and behavioral economics, and behavioral genetics. The goal is to focus investments in basic research that improve our understanding of human motivation and factors that maintain change, across multiple diseases and conditions, and that may contribute to the development of effective interventions for change. The Harnessing Neuroplasticity for Behavior Change meeting will explore the integration of neurobiological discoveries on the substrates, mechanisms, and circuits responsible for behavior. Invited participants will present relevant research and discuss how neurobiological findings can best contribute to interventions for behavior change and the maintenance of newly acquired behaviors.