Past Events

Thursday, May 30, 2024
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Saturday, May 4th 2024 - 8:00 A.M.
All are welcome at this family-friendly 1K/5K and kick-off to Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Let's unite as a community (rain or shine!) and break stigmas and boundaries for kids in need. Together we can save the day for children's mental health!
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May 1st, 2024: 10:00-11:15 AM
Childhood maltreatment, occurring in up to 20-30% of the population, incorporates a range of active and passive factors, from abuse, to neglect, to the impacts of broader structural and systemic adversity. Despite the effects of childhood maltreatment and adversity on a wide range of adult physical and psychological negative outcomes, not all individuals respond similarly. Understanding the differential biological mechanisms contributing to risk vs. resilience in the face of developmental adversity is critical to improving preventions, treatments, and policy recommendations. I will provide a brief overview of childhood abuse, neglect, maltreatment, threat, and toxic stress, and the effects of these forms of adversity on the developing body, brain, and behavior. I will then discuss the neurobiology of threat and fear formation and PTSD, with evidence that developmental trauma increases the risk for adult trauma-related disorders, along with examples of genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic discoveries and biomarkers that may help to understand risk and resilience in the aftermath of trauma and potential targets for intervention and prevention. Both human and preclinical studies will be presented. Ongoing and future work aimed at understanding the biology of trauma across the lifespan from model systems to human biology may provide targets for intervention and prevention.
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Thursday, April 25, 2024
In this seminar, we'll discuss risk and protective factors for childhood abuse and neglect, what actions you can take if you suspect child abuse or neglect, and some ways that we can work as a community of caregivers and providers to protect kids and set them up for success.
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April 3rd, 2024; 10:00AM -11:15AM
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