Foundations for Biobehavioral Health Symposium

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Hetzel Union Building; Room 233AB

University Park, PA 16802

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The Inaugural P-TRAN Symposium, which in 2017 will focus on Biobehavioral Health Foundations, will bring together an interdisciplinary network of Penn State researchers working across the lifespan on developmental, mental health, substance use and abuse, and adversity issues. Sessions will focus on these four areas, and a poster session will offer another opportunity for researchers, including pre- and post-doctoral students, to share and talk about their current work.

Our objective is to offer those who are considering or would like to learn more about ways to include a translational neuroscience component, the opportunity to hear from those who are currently doing just that. Attendees will learn about current research programs that tackle key themes in biobehavioral health. Importantly, this symposium offers attendees time to network with colleagues from across the University with whom they might not otherwise interact, but who could be productive collaborators.

To encourage networking, part of the meeting will be spent on collaborative conversations in breakout sessions, so that participants may discuss ways in which individual research programs might intersect on novel projects that include translational neuroscience components. By enabling these connections, we hope to lay the foundation for collaborative teams working at the cutting-edge of important biobehavioral areas. To facilitate innovative collaborators, project ideas generated by new groups formed through this meeting will have the opportunity to apply for targeted pilot funding that will support potential and current translational neuroscience research.

For more information on the P-TRAN at Penn State, click on the link at the end of this invitation.

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please submit a brief abstract (i.e., title, authors, and brief study description) to us at no later than May 12th.

Tentative Agenda:

8:30 – 9:00am Registration & light breakfast

9:00 – 9:10am Welcome: Dr. Emma Rose

9:10 – 10:00am Defining Translational Research: Dr. Diana Fishbein

10:15 – 11:15am Oral session 1: Childhood development

11:15 – 12:15pm Oral session 2: Effects of childhood adversity

12:15 – 1:30pm Posters & Lunch

1:30 – 2:30pm Oral session 3: Issues in mental health

2:30 – 3:30pm Oral session 4: Substance misuse – risk, resilience, and developmental trajectories.

3:30 – 3:45pm Snack break

3:45 – 4:45pm Breakout sessions

4:45 – 5:00pm Concluding remarks & wrap-up

Session speakers at this event will include: Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology (LA); Bo Cleveland, Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HHD); Lorah Dorn, Professor of Nursing (NURS); Thomas Gould, Head and Professor of Biobehavioral Health (HHD); Michael Hallquist, Assistant Professor of Psychology (LA); Kathleen Keller, Assistant Professor of Nutrition (HHD); Kristina Neely, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology (HHD); Idan Shalev, Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health (HHD); and Martha Wadsworth, Associate Professor of Psychology (LA).

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