Biological Embedding of Early Social Adversity: From Fruit Flies to Kindergartners

When: December 8-10, 2011
Where: Beckman Center, 100 Academy, Irvine, CA

Sackler Colloquia

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia of the National Academy of Sciences address scientific topics of broad and current interest, cutting across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.  Each colloquium is organized by a member of the Academy, often with the assistance of an organizing committee, and feature presentations by leading scientists in the field and discussions with a hundred or more researchers with an interest in the topic. These colloquia are made possible by a generous gift from Jill Sackler, in memory of her husband, Arthur M. Sackler.

This meeting is co-sponsored by Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.  The Sackler Colloquium provides a significant opportunity for CIFAR to share new knowledge created within its Experience-based Brain and Biological Development research program. Launched in 2003, this program explores the core question of how social experiences affect human biology and looks at how the trajectory for development and health is set early in life.  Two earlier CIFAR research programs, Population Health and Human Development identified a major opportunity to explore this new paradigm of the relationship between nature and nurture.

Meeting Overview

Socioeconomic position is the single most powerful determinant of health and development within every human society on earth. Rapidly accumulating evidence suggests that differential exposure to early childhood adversities contributes strongly to the observed social disparities in mental and physical health, cognitive and socioemotional development, and lifetime educational and economic attainment.

Studies in a broad array of species, ranging from invertebrates to human and nonhuman primates, are elucidating fundamental mechanisms by which social stratification is induced and maintained and by which socially partitioned adversities are transduced into neurobiological and genomic processes. Using new developmental neurogenomic approaches, science is poised to finally understand why disease, disorder and developmental misfortune are so unevenly distributed within human populations.

The colloquium will convene a world class, cross disciplinary assembly of basic, biomedical and social scientists to explore the biological embedding of early social adversity across multiple species, from fruit flies to human kindergartners.

Register at: Includes breakfast/lunch 2 days plus Distinctive Voices Lecture & welcome reception

Cost: Graduate / Postdoctoral Student - $150 | Early Registration - $300 |Travel Subsidy Awards available