The Center for Health and Medical Psychology (CHAMP) was started in 2005 and aims to stimulate collaborative research in how psychological mechanisms interact with health and disease. It brings together a network of experienced researchers, clinicians and students, many of whom have worked cooperatively in various projects. The spotlight is on pain, sleep, stress and anxiety problems that may develop into illhealth or work disability and where an understanding of psychological processes is particularly important for prevention. One focus is on identifying risk factors that will help to understand better how health is maintained and ill-health prevented. This information may then be applied for the early identification of those people at risk for developing ill-health. A second focus is on very early interventions that may be employed to prevent the development of long-term health problems. Currently, CHAMP has a data base consisting of several prospective studies of risk factors as well as several high quality (e.g. RCTs) intervention studies. The Center strives to develop cooperative efforts across fields and around the world.