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

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. This 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.

When: December 8-10, 2011
Where: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California

For more information, including a list of speakers and how to register, click here.

Organized by W. Thomas Boyce, Gene E. Robinson and Marla B. Sokolowski