Welcome to the Thai Forumof Behavioral Medicine

By Professor Dr. Antti Uutela
President of ISBM

Dear Delegate

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 health promotion.

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, 2004.

Professor Dr. Antti Uutela Ph.D.
President of ISBM