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  • 29 Nov 2021 4:12 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    My history with Psycho-oncology begins in my childhood. My father, first professor of Oncology in my country, always spoke about the most human part of his patients, which motivated me to choose Psychology to dedicate myself to this fascinating world. I assisted to the first course of Adjuvant Psychological Therapy at the Royal Marsden with Maggie Watson, and did a stay with her who is one of my references. After that, I was admitted to the school of Clinical Psychology at the University of Barcelona, where I did my PhD, and was a fellow. I went to FEFOC Foundation an organization related to cancer topics, currently pretty focused on prostate cancer. As such, I have been elected recently as a board director of Europa Uomo. Our other specialties are breast, elderly and relatives. I teach in some Universities. I am founder and currently president of the Spanish Society of Psycho-Oncology.

    From the beginning, I know of IPOS and assisted to my first congress in Hamburg, where enjoyed great professionals and programs, what led me to go to all possible congresses, having more participation and meeting more people, including Ozan Bahcivan who became my PhD student and who suggested that I run for the IPOS Board. I was elected and have been elected again in the current board. IPOS has given me many things that I deeply appreciate. But especially, I am grateful to have been able to meet so many interesting and kind people and their works. IPOS offers a great opportunity to meet with different professionals and cultures what is essential to work with cancer patients.

  • 22 Nov 2021 4:45 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Born in Canada and now living in Australia, I’m an early-career researcher, awarded >$265K in research funding and awards (>$72K as CIA), 18 publications and 20 conference presentations (11 International). I’m passionate about harnessing technologies we use every day, like text messages and apps, to support women’s transition to survivorship after breast cancer. My goal is to co-design (consumers, health care professionals, researchers) accessible, low-cost health-support programs that can be implemented internationally. For example, my co-designed EMPOWER-SMS lifestyle-focused text message support program was tested in a randomised controlled trial and pilot implementation trial by over 1000 breast cancer survivors, who found it supportive (88%), useful (91%), easy-to-understand (100%) and helped them manage their health (70%). I’m an IPOS Survivorship SIG member and was recently awarded the 2021 IPOS presentation award for my systematic review that found electronic health technologies helped women with breast cancer improve their quality of life, fatigue, and distress. I love being an IPOS member – the community is extremely welcoming, collaborative and engaging.  I’m looking forward to seeing you at the next IPOS event!

  • 15 Nov 2021 4:52 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Cristiane Bergerot, Ph.D., is the Director of the Department of Psycho-Oncology at CETTRO Cancer Research Hospital in Brasilia, Brazil. She completed a 3 year research fellowship in the Department of Medical Oncology at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California, USA. She has been working with cancer patients for almost 16 years as a clinician and as a researcher. She has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in journals including first-author publications in Cancer, Journal of Immunotherapy for Cancer, British Journal of Urology International and Psychooncology. She has received four merit awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Conquer Cancer Foundation and was selected for the prestigious SWOG Young Investigator Course. Recently, she has received 2 internacional Grants and she received the Global Oncology Young Investigator Award  from Conquer Cancer Foundation. She is committed to bettering the lives of patients with cancer through (1) obtaining a detailed understanding of their quality of life and (2) addressing their quality of life through novel, targeted interventions.



  • 15 Nov 2021 10:14 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Abstract Submission due date February 28, 2022


    The International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology (CAPO) are now accepting abstracts for posters, papers, and workshops for the 23rd World Congress and the joint 37th Annual CAPO Conference, to be held in Toronto, Ontario on August 29 to September 1, 2022. The conference theme is “Reimagining Psychosocial Oncology: Embracing Voices from around the World”.

    This year will provide a unique opportunity for those wishing to submit abstracts for presentation; you will be provided the option to present in-person, or virtually. You will be required to declare your preference upon submission (there will be flexibility in adjusting this closer to the conference). Please note, acceptance will be subject to the number of slots allotted to each of these options.

    This conference brings together key stakeholders including multidisciplinary professionals from nursing, psychology, psychiatry, social work, spiritual care, nutrition, medicine, rehabilitation medicine, occupational health and radiation therapy for both adult and pediatric populations. Together, we seek to explore, share, learn and discuss psychosocial and physical aspects of cancer. Participants include clinicians, researchers, educators in cancer care, patient advocacy organizations, community-based organizations and patient representatives. Patients, caregivers and family members are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts that speak to their role in managing cancer experiences and care.

    We invite abstracts on a wide range of topics in cancer care and stages of disease ranging from prevention and early diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship, to palliative and end-of-life care. Submissions can be reports of observational studies and clinical trials, innovative programs and service delivery models, systematic reviews, study protocols, clinical guidelines and best practice and local, regional, national and international approaches to build capacity in research, education and clinical care. Patients as co-presenter are encouraged. Patient oriented content is encouraged.

    NEW THEMES HAVE BEEN ADDED THIS YEAR. LEARN MORE HERE - https://www.capo.ca/Abstracts

    Please note that there is a different submission portal for Abstracts and Symposia.

    For Symposia, moderators will create a submission and invite co-presenters to submit an abstract.

    Submit an ABSTRACT here: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/login?redirect=/stages/3349/submitter

    Submit a SYMPOSIA here: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/login?redirect=/events/2641/symposia/create

  • 10 Nov 2021 9:58 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    Join now and your membership will be paid through to December 21, 2022.

    IPOS is a dynamic organisation with true global membership. Membership of IPOS means the chance to engage with professionals from 111 countries. Being part of IPOS provides opportunities to collaborate with many international organisations including WHO, European Cancer Organisation and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) to contribute to research and implementation of best-practice psychosocial care in oncology internationally.

    There are four types of membership to choose from:

    1. Active Members: Active members include physicians, epidemiologists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, social scientists and other professionals at the Masters or Doctoral level as well as those individuals with professional equivalence who have been actively engaged in the research or clinical aspects of psycho-oncology.

    • $140 US for World Bank-classified High-income/OECD countries.

    • $25 US for World Bank-classified Low- and Middle-income countries.

    2. Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professionals (ECPP): Early Career Psycho-Oncology Professional who is within three years of his/her ultimate degree and is a practicing professional.

    • $25 US for all Early Career professionals from all countries.

    3. Members-in-Training (Student): Those in training to become physicians (PhD students), epidemiologists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and social scientists are eligible for this membership category provided they are considered qualified by the Membership Committee.

    • $25 US for all Members-in-Training from all countries.

    4. Associate Members: Any individual that demonstrates an interest in psycho-oncology may join as an Associate

    • $140 US for World Bank-classified High-income/OECD countries

    • $25 US for World Bank-classified Low- and Middle-income countries.

    Join online today by going to https://ipos-society.org/Membership


  • 8 Nov 2021 1:50 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    My name is Maria Die Trill and I have  been involved with IPOS since it was created by Dr. Holland in the 80s. I studied psychology in Madrid, Spain and trained in clinical psychology on a Fulbright fellowship at Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital/NY University, after which I became a research assistant at the Pediatric Department at Memorial Sloan-Ketering Cancer Center (MSKCC) under the mentorship of Dr. William Redd and completed pre and post doctoral fellowships at the Psychiatry Department at MSKCC under the mentorship of Dr. Jimmie Holland where I also had supervisers whose teachings I will never forget: Drs. W Breitbart, M Lederberg, J Barbuto, N Straker, etc. After 7 years in NY, work took me to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Children´s Hospital and Harvard University in Boston, as part of the medical staff, where I had the opportunity to work with Drs Andrea Patenaude, Gerry Koocher and Joanna Breyer. As much as Boston is a beautiful city, I am a warm weather person and being burried in snow for most part of the year isn´t exactly what I look forward to! After 10 years in the US, I created the first PsychoOncology Unit in Spain at the university hospital Gregorio Marañón in Madrid. I´ve always had an interest in increasing the presence of Spanish-speaking professionals in IPOS, one of the reasons for which I organized IPOS´ X World Congress in Madrid, which expanded the participation of many Latin American countries. As IPOS President I created the Latin American and Spanish-Speaking SIG. I received the Cornelia Perry Award in Public Speaking & the Meaning of Life (1992) and the First Noemi Fisman Award for Lifetime Clinical Excellence (IPOS, 2008). I have published two Psycho-Oncology manuals in Spanish and as a clinician, I am interested in cross-cultural issues that influence the experiences of health, illness and death. I currently direct a privately run center in psychooncology in Madrid and collaborate with numerous scientific entities: Ulm University, Spanish Medical Oncology Society, European Society of Medical Oncology; European CanCer Organization, etc.

    My most valued treasures are my family, especially my Russian-born 19-year old son Dima (despite the fact that he has almost finished with my energy reserve!) and my numerous close friends. All have supported me in the past years, which have not been easy ones. I have many hobbies for which I hardly have time (travelling, bookbinding) and I find special calm when I go to the opera and classical music concerts, or when I escape to a family-owned  old water mill turned into a country house outside the city. My beliefs help me find meaning in what I do, something for which I consider myself quite fortunate. Having lost three very close family members to COVID-19 (my father among them) in less than a year, I now hope that we all come together, specially to help those without resources, to end with this terrible pandemic.

  • 1 Nov 2021 10:10 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    Psycho-oncology researchers and clinicians are invited to submit proposals to host pre-conference academy workshops. All workshops will be held on Monday, August 29, 2022.

    Workshops can be offered in person or virtually. You will be asked to declare your preference of either or both, for consideration. Please note that virtual workshops will be limited to five (5).

    You will also be provided the option to declare what language you would prefer to present in. The committee reserves the right to make the final decision on the language for delivery.

    All submitters are encouraged to make workshops relevant to patient representatives and where possible, include patients as co-presenters.

    Workshop proposals are due by January 14, 2022.

    Submissions are to be made online by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Preworkshop2022

    Thanks in advance for your interest. We look forward to welcoming everyone to Toronto in 2022!


  • 25 Oct 2021 11:51 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    Dr. Inbar Levkovich, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Oranim Academic College of Education, Israel. Received her PhD from the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, at Haifa University, in the area of symptoms cluster breast cancer survivors. Completed her Postdoctoral at the School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University. On a research, funded by the Israel National Institute for Health Policy. She served as the head of the research unit at the Division of Family Medicine, The Ruth & Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine in the Israel Institute of Technology. 

    Main areas of research are Stress, coping and health, grief, Covid-19 and psycho-oncology. Participating in IPOS survivorship Special Interest Groups (SIG) group. She published more than sixty papers in refereed journals and several chapters in edited books. Many of her papers have been published in leading journals such as Palliative and Supportive Care, Children and Youth Services Review, Psycho-Oncology, OMEGA -Journal of Death and Dying, Journal of Health Sciences, BMC Family Practice, The European Journal of General Practice, Journal of Geriatric Oncology, Behavioral Medicine.

  • 20 Oct 2021 4:37 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    The Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking a psychologist at the Assistant or Associate Member level to fill a faculty position in its growing Behavioral Medicine Service, which is part of the Supportive Care Medicine Department. Responsibilities include providing psychological services in outpatient and inpatient settings, conducting psychological evaluations and assessments, as well as participating in the clinical, educational, and research activities of the department. The ideal candidate will have clinical and research experience working with adults in a medical and/or oncology setting.

    The Moffitt Cancer Center is internationally recognized for our focus on personalized cancer care and translational research. With a tradition of excellence that began with the first patient admission in 1986, dedicated Moffitt clinicians, scientists, and staff members have remained committed to excellence in an atmosphere characterized by kindness, caring, and hope.

    Requirements

    Applicants must have a Florida psychology license as a PhD or PsyD or be license eligible and have completed a pre-doctoral internship.  Applicants with a fellowship in behavioral medicine, health psychology, or psycho-oncology preferred.

    Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Florida’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, is a rapidly growing Center affiliated with the University of South Florida. The Cancer Center is comprised of a large ambulatory care facility, a 206-bed hospital, with a 36-bed blood and marrow transplant program, 20 state of the art operating suites, a 30-bed intensive care unit, a high-volume screening program, and a basic science research facility. The Moffitt Research Institute (MRI) is comprised of approximately 160 Principal Investigators, 58 laboratories, and 306,000 square feet of research space.  

    Clinical Faculty Recruiter: Evelyn Rivera [email protected]

    Apply online at www.moffitt.org/ careers-education

    12902 MAGNOLIA DRIVE, TAMPA, FL 33612

    1-888-MOFFITT     │    MOFFITT.ORG

    Moffitt Cancer Center provides a tobacco-free work environment. We are an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and a drug-free workplace.

    Have a job position to advertise? Find out more by going to https://ipos-society.org/ads

  • 17 Oct 2021 3:49 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    My name is Oscar Galindo Vázquez. I work in the Psych-oncology Service at the National Cancer Institute (INCAN) of Mexico.

    I currently coordinate the Psych-oncology Research and Development Unit at INCan. We have created a research group in evidence-based psycho-oncology, the world mental health day seminar, and training in psycho-oncology and health psychology.

    I am a Postgraduate Tutor in Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a bachelor's degree tutor at the Latin University where I have graduated several students with research lines in psycho-oncology.

    I am a member of the International Society of Psycho-Oncology where I have participated in IPOS congresses presenting research and clinical care programs in Mexico in populations with greater psychosocial adversity. My main lines of research are psycho-oncology in patients with hereditary cancer, psychological intervention in patients with breast cancer, informal primary caregivers, and health literacy.

    I am part of the founding and coordinating committee of the Latin American Psychosocial Oncology Research Training group FIPOL where we have carried out studies during the COVID-19 pandemic. I have written several articles and book chapters nationally and internationally. 

    I love working in research and clinical care! Being a member of IPOS represents a great opportunity for me to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world and spread what we have done at INCan.

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