Advancing the science of aggression across species and disciplines

June 14, 2023, 1:00pm – 5:00pm EDT
June 15, 2023, 1:00pm – 3:15pm EDT

June 14, 2023:
June 15, 2023:

On June 14 and 15, 2023, OBSSR and collaborating NIH ICOs will host a virtual workshop, Advancing the science of aggression across species and disciplines. The workshop will be available for live public viewing on the NIH Videocast. Goals of the workshop include bringing together both animal and human aggression researchers from various backgrounds to facilitate dialogue across disciplines, individual and interpersonal levels of analysis, lifespan, and disorders/diseases; identifying barriers and potential solutions to move research on basic mechanisms of aggression and health to inform intervention development as well as identify opportunities for more use-inspired basic research; and identifying research gaps and opportunities in the science of aggression and health in the service of advancing progress in prevention, assessment, and treatment.

Registration is not required. This virtual workshop will be live streamed through NIH Videocast. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions through the live videocast.

Plenary Speakers:
Dayu Lin, Ph.D., NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Terrie E. Moffitt, Ph.D., Duke University, King’s College London

Agenda: June 14, 2023 (Day 1)
1:00 pm-1:10 pm ET: Opening

  • Welcome: Wendy Smith, Acting Director, OBSSR
  • Background, context, and scope of workshop: Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, OBSSR

1:10-1:55: Keynotes on the state of aggression research in animals and humans

  • Moderator: Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz, OBSSR
  • Animal research: Dayu Lin
  • Human research: Terrie Moffit

1:55-3:15: [Panel 1] Connecting individual-level mechanisms to the social/cultural context

  • Moderator: Elizabeth Hoffman, NIDA
  • Panelists: Dominic Parrott, Abigail Marsh, Essi Viding
  • Discussants: Larry Young, Krista Mehari


3:30-5:00: [Panel 2] Bridging findings across different types of aggression

  • Moderator: Nsini Umoh, NINDS
  • Panelists: Sam Golden, Annegret Falkner, David Chester, Spencer Evans
  • Discussants: Andrea Glenn, Luke Hyde

5:00 Closing of Day 1, Dara Blachman-Demner, OBSSR

Agenda: June 15, 2023 (Day 2)
1:00 PM-1:05 PM: Welcome and recap of Day 1, Dara Blachman-Demner, OBSSR

1:05-1:45: Keynotes on ethical and legal issues in aggression research

  • Moderator/discussant: Cortney Simmons
  • Neuroscience lens: L. Syd M Johnson
  • Clinical lens: Celia Fisher

1:45-3:15: [Panel 3] Distinguishing adaptive/typical aggression from pathological aggression across the life course

  • Moderator: Melissa Gerald, NIA
  • Panelists: Erin Hecht, Scott Russo, Rebecca Waller, S. Alexandra Burt
  • Discussants: James Curley, JC Barnes

Responses to the NIH Request for Information (RFI) on Research Challenges and Needs in the Biobehavioral Mechanisms of Aggression (NOT-OD-22-041)