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OBSSR Connector Monthly Newsletter

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Connector Monthly Newsletter is a monthly e-newsletter featuring updates from OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., information about behavioral and social sciences in the news, events and announcements, findings from recently published research, funding announcements, and other updates. The current newsletter is provided below.
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December 17, 2019

Director's Voice

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Highlights of the 2019 NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival. The fourth NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival was held on December 6, 2019. The festival serves two purposes, to highlight some of the recent behavioral and social science supported by the NIH, and to bring together behavioral and social science program officers, review administrators, and intramural scientists across the NIH to network face-to-face. This year’s festival showed the breadth, innovation, and potential impact of the behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports.

In addition to highlighting some of the recent behavioral and social sciences research supported by the NIH, we also took the opportunity at this year’s festival to acknowledge the considerable effort of more than 50 NIH staff, particularly the leadership of Melissa Riddle, Bill Elwood, and Elyse Sullivan, who worked on various committees and workgroups to assist the behavioral and social sciences research community in adhering to the NIH Clinical Trials Policies and assist the NIH to adapt these policies to the unique needs of behavioral and social sciences researchers.

The videocast of this year's festival is now available on the NIH Videocast website.

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Research Spotlights

Findings from Recently Published Research

Cord blood measures may predict children's social and emotional development

Cord blood measures may predict children's social and emotional development

A recent study supported by the NIMH indicates that there is a link between fetal lipid levels (umbilical cord blood) and psychological health in children. The fetal environment has been implicated in later psychological health in previous studies.
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Puberty may hold the key to resetting stress responses after early life adversity

Puberty may offer a window of opportunity to recalibrate the stress response of children who experienced early life adversity, according to recently published research supported by the NICHD, NIMH, and the National Science Foundation.
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Improving psychosis-risk detection in people with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling disorder affecting about 1% of adolescents and young adults. In a recent publication, researchers funded by the NIMH found that using a polygenic risk score (PRS), based on data from genome-wide association studies (GWAS), improves psychosis risk prediction in high-risk individuals.
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Events and Announcements

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Funding Announcements

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