Welcome to the Thai Forumof Behavioral Medicine
By Professor Dr. Antti Uutela
President of ISBM
It is my great pleasure to invite you, on the behalf of the International
Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), to the Fourth Annual International
Conference of Thai Society of Behavioral Medicine and Second Asian
Regional Conference on Behavioral Medicine, to be held in Bangkok,
Thailand. The International Society of Behavioral Medicine, of which
the Thai society is a full member, currently has 20 member societies
from almost as many countries. In 2006, the Thai Society of Behavioral
Medicine will host the Ninth International Congress of Behavioral
Medicine in Bangkok.
Thailand has a long and successful history of bio-behavioral and
social science inspired research of public health and health promotion.
Challenges such as contagious diseases, tobacco and drugs have been
and are being tackled. Currently, risks for non-communicable diseases
are increasing. The fight on the "two fronts" calls for
behavioral medicine, since its scope extends from the research of
fundamental bio-behavioral mechanisms to clinical diagnosis and
intervention and, last but not least, to disease prevention and
The program for this Conference has been skillfully organized by
Dr. Kotchabhakdi with his colleagues to mirror the aim of behavioral
medicine to integrate psychosocial, behavioral and biomedical sciences
and in so doing to promote the welfare and to control diseases.
The conference provides a wonderful setting for colleagues from
different cultures to interact and learn from each other. It can
also be seen as one of the milestones toward the International Congress
of Behavioral Medicine in 2006.
I am privileged to welcome you to the Thai Forum of Behavioral
Medicine in Bangkok early December 2004. I am sure that you too
will find the meeting wonderfully inspiring and interesting. Before
that, I hope to be able to meet you in the 8th International Congress
of Behavioral Medicine taking place in Mainz, Germany, August 25-28,
Professor Dr. Antti Uutela Ph.D.
President of ISBM