IPOS News


  • 11 Apr 2024 10:06 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Hello everyone,

    I'm Bincy Mathew, hailing from the vibrant city of Bangalore, India, and currently, working as a consultant psycho-oncologist at Manipal Hospitals. My work focused on addressing emotional issues, aiding in tobacco cessation, and navigating grief and bereavement management, primarily for adults and the geriatric community.

    Apart from this, I'm deeply invested in initiatives within the realm of breast cancer, from offering pre and post-operative counseling to spearheading support groups and advocacy programs for patients, alongside survivorship initiatives.

    My guiding principle is simple: no one should feel alone on their cancer journey—I'm here to lend an ear and support wherever I can.

    Now, onto the fun side! When I'm not immersed in the world of psycho-oncology, you'll find me binge-watching series, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and of course, soaking up quality time with my furry friend, Skooot E Pie.

    Interested in being profiled?

    Please email the following to [email protected] with the subject line “IPOS member profile submission”:

    1. Name
    2. Employment position
    3. Employer/Institution
    4. Country
    5. Twitter handle (if available)
    6. Jpg photo of yourself
    7. 50-to-200-word description that notes details on your practice, involvement with IPOS and something “fun or interesting” about yourself.
  • 5 Apr 2024 4:39 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    I am Anna Bagdasaryan, I am a member of the Armenian Association of Psycho-Oncology, also I am a clinical psychologist working at the Nairi Medical Center in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. I am the head of psychological service of the center and work in the oncology department, dealing with patients receiving pre- and post-operative medical treatment.

    I worked in the past in the National Center of Oncology named after Fanarjan of the Republic of Armenia, where I also mainly dealt with cancer patients receiving pre- and postoperative chemotherapy, as well as with surgical patients. While working at this center, I worked with children receiving chemotherapy treatment, as well as with their caregivers. During the last years of my work at the National Oncology Center, I also worked in the palliative care department. Now my practical work in the department includes working both with patients and their relativess.  Currently, in addition to practical work in the oncology department, I am engaged in scientific activities. My PhD work is devoted to studying the dynamics of the quality of life of breast and gynecological cancer patients receiving various types of antitumor drug therapy. I am also currently working on a book dedicated to the stories of overcoming cancer by cancer patients and cancer survivors.

    Interested in being profiled?

    Please email the following to [email protected] with the subject line “IPOS member profile submission”:

    1. Name
    2. Employment position
    3. Employer/Institution
    4. Country
    5. Twitter handle (if available)
    6. Jpg photo of yourself
    7. 50-to-200-word description that notes details on your practice, involvement with IPOS and something “fun or interesting” about yourself.


  • 25 Mar 2024 11:13 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    EXTRA EXTRA! #IPOS2024 now accepting POSTER abstract submissions until April 4!

    That’s right – you can still submit POSTER abstract submissions for our 25th Annual World Congress happening in Maastricht, The Netherlands, September 24-27, 2024.

    Be sure to submit by no later than April 4 by going to https://insight.klinkhamergroup.com/ipos2024/login

    Submission Format Abstracts
    In order to be considered, an abstract must follow the following guidelines:
    •Abstract titles should be brief (maximum of 30 words) and should reflect the content of the abstract.
    •Commercial names may not be used in the abstract title.
    •No more than 10 authors can be listed.
    •Professional title, institutional affiliations, cities, and countries for each author should follow.
    •Abstract text is required for poster submissions.
    •Abstract text should be submitted in structured paragraph format.
    •Submissions must follow either the clinical or research format and either format can present patient-oriented content.

    Clinical Abstracts:
    The clinical stream refers to items such as development of innovative programs or interventions/service delivery/model of care.
    Length limit: 1600 characters (including spaces)
    Headings:
    •Background/rationale
    •Methodology (needs assessment, theoretical model, description of intervention, outcome measures)
    •Impact on clinical practice
    •Discussion (lessons learned, future direction)

    Research Abstracts:
    The research stream refers to work that is primarily based on the scientific method of discovery of hypothesis testing or theory development. This stream can include work from protocols to review and studies of various design.
    Length limit: 1600 characters (including spaces)
    Headings:
    •Objectives/purpose
    •Methods
    •Results
    •Conclusion and clinical implications

  • 20 Mar 2024 3:06 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    I am a Professor of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine as well as a Consultant Consultation Liaison & Addiction Psychiatrist. I am also a Psycho-oncologist.

    I have immensely contributed to science in the area of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and recently published a 40-Chapter textbook of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry termed “Textbook of Professor of Psychiatry & Addiction Medicine/Consultant Consultation Liaison & Addiction Psychiatrist/Psychooncologist in Medicine”, a textbook with a section on psycho-oncology. He is also a leading Nigerian Member of the International Psycho-oncology Society and a member of Psycho-oncology Society of Nigeria (POSON).

    I am known for my works in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, specifically psycho-oncology, and psychiatric morbidity in chronic medical diseases. As an addiction expert, I have thoroughly explored the association between substance use disorders and cancer and have a number of publications on them.  I am also the founder of PAHMI foundation, a non-governmental initiative that focuses of the association between tobacco and alcohol use and cancer. I also established psychiatric services for patients with cancer with comorbid psychopathology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria.

    Interested in being profiled?

    Please email the following to [email protected] with the subject line “IPOS member profile submission”:

    1. Name
    2. Employment position
    3. Employer/Institution
    4. Country
    5. Twitter handle (if available)
    6. Jpg photo of yourself
    7. 50-to-200-word description that notes details on your practice, involvement with IPOS and something “fun or interesting” about yourself.
  • 18 Mar 2024 12:11 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice – the official IPOS publication

    Apply by April 30, 2024!

    Editor-in-Chief:
    Dr Linda E. Carlson and Dr Brian Kelly 

    The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research & Practice is the official global journal of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). This open access journal focuses on the growing body of research in the field of psychosocial oncology. The journal publishes articles reporting on clinical research examining psychosocial and behavioral interventions in oncology settings, research on the implementation of psychosocial and behavioral interventions in routine clinical practice and their impact on outcomes. This includes reports on pragmatic clinical trials, qualitative research, systematic reviews, survivorship research and care, psychosocial oncology research and practice in developing countries, innovative research methods and research into global and regional health disparities as they relate to psychosocial oncology care and services.

    Learn more about the Journal by going to https://journals.lww.com/jporp/pages/default.aspx

    We are looking for seven JPORP Editorial Advisory Board members! This is open to all members of IPOS and is a two-year volunteer commitment! We would like Editorial Advisory Board members from:

    1. One from Europe/UK
    2. One from Latin and Central America,
    3. One from Asia/Pacific
    4. One from Africa
    5. One from Middle East, India and Russia
    6. One from Canada/USA
    7. One Early Career Professional (7 or less years since final degree completed, and from anywhere in the World).
    FUNCTION OF EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD:
    • Advise on journal policy and scope; and editorial strategy.
    • Support peer review process (eg assist Associate Editors in identifying reviewers),
    • Act as ambassadors for the Journal 
    • Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit.
    • Approach potential contributors.
    • Encouraging colleagues to submit manuscripts to the journal
    • Provide additional opinion on papers eg where a specific area of expertise is required or where there may be differing opinions.
    • Suggesting topics and authors for commissioned reviews and commentaries
    • Support and promote journal initiatives (eg peer review mentoring scheme)
    • A useful reference on the role of Editorial Advisory Boards can be found on : https://publicationethics.org/resources/guidelines/editorial-board-participation

    To apply, please apply online and have your CV in PDF or Word format ready.

    Apply by going to https://funnelcom.typeform.com/to/xGTCSjuA

  • 14 Mar 2024 10:46 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)


    As a clinical psychologist, I have committed myself to providing compassionate care in the Palliative Unit at the National Center of Oncology in Yerevan for over a year. My focus lies in offering counseling and evidence-based interventions to patients and families navigating the complexities of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and end-of-life care.

     Beyond my clinical duties, I actively take part in the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS), engaging in professional development, research contributions, and community outreach. Being part of IPOS has not only expanded my ability but also connected me with professionals worldwide, enriching my practice and perspective.

    On a lighter note, I find joy in hiking and nature photography, often incorporating dancing and singing into my outdoor adventures. When not in the clinic or involved with IPOS, you will find me exploring Armenia's picturesque landscapes, capturing moments of beauty and serenity through my camera lens while enjoying the rhythm of nature.

    Interested in being profiled?

    Please email the following to [email protected] with the subject line “IPOS member profile submission”:

    1. Name
    2. Employment position
    3. Employer/Institution
    4. Country
    5. Twitter handle (if available)
    6. Jpg photo of yourself
    7. 50-to-200-word description that notes details on your practice, involvement with IPOS and something “fun or interesting” about yourself.
  • 7 Mar 2024 4:42 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    IPOS ECHO Pan-African Capacity-Building in Psycho-Oncology – Disseminating Evidence-Based Practices in Psycho-Oncology in Africa
    To Improve Cancer Prevention and Cancer Care

    Start Date: June 2024
    Deadline to Apply: May 10, 2024
     

    Overall Goal: To train attendees on best-practices in psycho-oncology in African oncology settings

    IPOS has developed, in close partnership with partner organizations in Africa, an IPOS Pan-African Capacity-Building in Psycho-Oncology ECHO. Key benefits of ECHO are: 1) To build capacity for comprehensive cancer care in Africa through dissemination of best practices in psycho-oncology; 2) To hear worldwide experts on state-of-the art psycho-oncology practice; 3) To connect with other professionals in oncology and create a community of practice allowing for rich mutual learning and clinical discussions; and 4) To provide consultation and support in creating local program development planning in psycho-oncology.

    Please see the following links for a short description of Project ECHO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAMaHP-tEwk&feature=youtu.be and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfqRwNd0Nao&feature=youtu.be

    This ECHO will deliver training in evidence-based practices through monthly meetings over the course of one year. Each meeting lasts two (2) hours and will be on a different topic in psycho-oncology. First, there will be a presentation by an international speaker, then a participant will present a case relevant to the lecture, and third there will be a case discussion led by the speaker and a panel of experts in the field. Participants in the program will be professional working in direct clinical contact with cancer patients in Africa in a field appropriate to the field of psycho-oncology (e.g., physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers).

    Applications are now opened for the program. Kindly complete the scholarship application, which will be peer-reviewed. Eligibility criteria are found below.

    Our Organization:

    IPOS is the sole multidisciplinary international charitable organization devoted to psycho-oncology, leading in education, research, training, public policy, and advocacy. In 2024, IPOS celebrates its 40th anniversary andIPOS holds non-state actor status with the World Health Organization (WHO). Part of our mission is to build capacity for cancer care in low- and low-middle income countries including in Africa. IPOS includes 800+ member from more than 100 countries.

    Full eligibility criteria for the application (please note that all criteria must be met):

    • Be a professional working in direct clinical contact with cancer patients in Africa (you will be asked for formal signed letter from your institution as part of the application);
    • Conduct clinical work in a field appropriate to the field of psycho-oncology (e.g., physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers);
    • Be a member of the International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) and of your National Psycho-Oncology Society where it exists or be willing to become an IPOS member if accepted.
    • Be fluent in oral and written English. Note: According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “when a person is fluent, they can speak a language easily, well, and quickly.”
    • Have access to a camera and to internet to be able to participate in the ECHO sessions with your camera on during the sessions.
    • Commit to attend the twelve ECHO sessions if selected to be a participant in the program (the sessions are scheduled to be held on every 3rd Thursday of each month by 1-3pm GMT starting in May 2024 except for a few sessions which will occur earlier during the day for scheduling reasons and for which we will inform you ahead of time);
    • Consent to the ECHO sessions being recorded (the didactic teaching only) and posted on the IPOS website;
    • Willing to complete short questionnaires throughout the program to give your feedback about the program as it evolves;
    • Commit to sharing the knowledge learned through the Academy to professionals in your city and country in Africa.
    •  Commit to sharing written, audio and video testimonials if requested by the program organizers.
    Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the application is complete. Incomplete applications will be automatically withdrawn from the contest without notice. Applications will only be accepted if they are received at your earliest convenience before May 10, 2024.  Applicants must upload their curriculum vitae, a letter of Institutional support and a professional passport photograph

    Note: Please send any questions you may have about this call for applications to the following e-mail address: [email protected]. IPOS will only be able to answer any questions related to this call for applications from March 7th to April 21st, after which IPOS will no longer be able to answer. After the May 10 deadline, the only correspondence the applicants will receive is the result of the competition. Participants should anticipate receiving the results by the 2nd week of May. If you have not received a response, please check the IPOS website to know if there has been a delay in the processing of the applications. If you have not received a letter of offer by the 2nd week of May, unless otherwise indicated on the IPOS website, it means that you were not selected to participate in this ECHO.

    HOW TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION?

    -Follow the link below and fill out your Application; IPOS-ECHO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM

    - Have your CV, Letter of support and Passport photograph ready before you start the application.

     

  • 27 Feb 2024 1:01 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    We are looking for volunteer members for our Special Interest Group: Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) Committee.

    If you are a current member of IPOS and want to get involved, we have a wonderful opportunity for you. Consider becoming a member of our Special Interest Group: Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) Committee. Our goal is to have a group with members with broad experiences and perspectives who are passionate about connecting with psycho-oncology professionals world-wide. 

    If you are a member of IPOS and are early in your psycho-oncology career, joining this committee is a great option!

    The co-chairs:

    • Amanda Balakirsky – USA
    • Tihana Gašpert– Croatia

    Please email Amanda ([email protected]) and Tihana ([email protected]) with your name, country, CV and a brief blurb about why you are interested in volunteering with the Special Interest Group: Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) Committee.

    Please submit by March 29, 2024.

  • 20 Feb 2024 4:42 PM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

    I am originally from Malaysia, received my B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in the United States, and my PhD from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. I have been a member of IPOS since the IPOS World Congress in Banff in 2019 and have attended every world congress since! I am also one of the founding members of the IPOS Survivorship SIG and can highly recommend joining this active group of lovely people under the excellent leadership of Dr Michael Jefford and Dr Christina Signorelli. I do registry-based epidemiological research, survey-based research and intervention trials, and have a special interest in the psychosocial aspects of cancer caregiving and of living long-term with incurable cancer. Other areas of my research include grief and bereavement, patient and public involvement in research, and stress and coping. I enjoy international collaboration, so feel free to reach out!

    Interested in being profiled?

    Please email the following to [email protected] with the subject line “IPOS member profile submission”:

    1. Name
    2. Employment position
    3. Employer/Institution
    4. Country
    5. Twitter handle (if available)
    6. Jpg photo of yourself
    7. 50-to-200-word description that notes details on your practice, involvement with IPOS and something “fun or interesting” about yourself.

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