1. SIPS conference, April 2-4, 2017, Leiden, The Netherland

The 1st official conference of the Society for Interdisciplinary Placebo Studies (SIPS) was held from April 2  to 4, 2017, in the historic city center of Leiden, the Netherlands. The aim of this first official SIPS conference was to give all researchers from different disciplines that are active in the placebo field the opportunity to present their work and meet each other. The SIPS conference is devoted to medical, psychological, and neurobiological research on placebo effects, and will also address ethical dilemmas and treatment options. The conference offered researchers and clinicians interested in placebo effects the opportunity to meet each other, learn about the latest research findings, and present their work. Keynote speakers included Ted Kaptchuk, Christian Büchel, John Kelley, Katja Wiech, and Fabrizio Benedetti. Both junior and senior researchers presented their work either orally or as a poster. The program and photos from the SIPS conference can be seen here.

The 1. SIPS conference was organized by Prof. Dr. Andrea Evers, Dr. Judy Veldhuijzen, Kaya Peerdeman MSc, Judith Tekampe MSc and Jelle van Leusden MSc.



Psychotherapy and the Placebo effect: An Ethical Analysis, 24-26 June 2014, Fondation Brocher, Hermance, Switzerland

For over eighty years scholars have hypothesised that the ‘placebo effect’ explains the effectiveness of psychotherapy. But what do we mean by the term ‘placebo effect’? Does the term ‘placebo effect’ make sense in the context of psychotherapy? How might we test the role of the placebo effect in various versions of psychotherapy? And what are the ethical consequences of this debate for patients? The aim of this two and a half day workshop was to bring together a multidisciplinary group of international researchers to help address these questions and their implications for the practice of psychotherapy. 
Organizing comittee: Charlotte Blease, Jens Gaab, Joe Kossowsky, Peter Krummenacher



Progress in our understanding of the psychobiological and neurobiological mechanisms of the placebo and nocebo responses, 23-25 January 2013, Tübingen, Germany

Over the last decade, knowledge about the placebo and nocebo effects and their underlying mechanisms has substantially increased, as have our attempts to integrate this knowledge into clinical training and patient management. A first summary of progress was reported during the first meeting organized by us and held in Tutzing, Germany in September 2007. Now, 6 years later, we would like to review the progress with you.



Beyond the Placebo: Biomedical, Clinical and Philosophical Aspects of the Placebo Effect, 22-25 August 2012, Congressi Stefano Franscini, Ascona, Switzerland

Many issues related to placebos and placebo effects puzzle physicians, patients, and the scientific community. Are placebo effects clinically relevant? How can they be understood in neurophysiological and neurophilosophical perspectives? What is their place in modern medicine? The aim of the symposium is to bring together a multidisciplinary group of researchers to set the current knowledge in a broader context and to discuss the implications for the goal of good health care. 



Understanding the mechanisms of the placebo responses: The role of expectation and conditioning acress disease and treatments, 5-6 July 2012, Essen, Germany



Placebo conference, 31 January - 1 February, 2011, Torino, Italy



Placebo Conference, 21-22 January, 2010, Tübingen, Germany



Mechanisms of Placebo/Nocebo Responses, 28-30 November 2007, Tutzing, Germany