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August Director's Webinar featuring Russell Poldrack, Ph.D.
On Monday, August 20, at 1:00 p.m. ET, Russell A. Poldrack, Ph.D., Albert Ray Lang Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, will present: Toward data-driven ontologies for mental function. Psychological science has long been focused on the discovery of novel behavioral phenomena and the mechanistic explanation of those phenomena, which has led to a lack of cumulative conceptual progress. Dr. Poldrack will argue that the development of ontologies is essential for progress, but that these need to be tied directly to empirical data. He will provide an example from the domain of self-regulation, where we have used data-driven ontology development to describe the psychological structure of this domain and characterize its predictive validity with respect to real-world outcomes.
Chronic Pain: The Science of Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches
OBSSR in collaboration with NCCIH and the NIH Pain Consortium is co-sponsoring a 1-day symposium at the 17th World Congress on Pain in Boston, Massachusetts. This International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Satellite Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Boston Convention Center. The objectives of the symposium are to:
- Present the past, present, and future of natural products research and pain management, focusing on our current understanding of the ascending and descending neural mechanisms by which different natural products may contribute to analgesia
- Ascertain the mechanisms by which a variety of mind and body approaches may modulate pain
- Discuss translational potential for complementary and integrative approaches for individual-based chronic pain management
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HINTS Data Users Conference
Register now to attend the fifth HINTS Data Users Conference, to be held September 13-14, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Natcher Conference Center (NIH main campus). The conference is an opportunity to learn more about research being conducted using NCI’s Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) data, as well as the role of HINTS research in public health and clinical care. Register by September 12, 2018 to reserve your spot at the conference. Registration is free, but space is limited.
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Webinar on packaging color research by tobacco companies: the pack as a product characteristic
Join OBSSR Director William T. Riley, Ph.D., and Stanton A. Glantz, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco, on Tuesday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. ET for a director's webinar on “Packaging color research by tobacco companies: the pack as a product characteristic.” Tobacco companies use color on cigarette packaging and labelling to communicate brand imagery, diminish health concerns, and as a replacement for prohibited descriptive words ('light' and 'mild') to make misleading claims about reduced risks. Dr. Glantz analyzed previously secret tobacco industry documents to identify additional ways in which cigarette companies tested and manipulated pack colors to affect consumers' perceptions of the cigarettes' flavor and strength.
Advances in Child Development and Behavior Speaker Series
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development invites you to two upcoming Advances in Child Development and Behavior Speaker Series presentations:
On Tuesday, August 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (6710B Rockledge Drive, room 2431), Dr. Marion K. Underwood, Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University, will give a presentation titled “Social Aggression, Social Media, and the Perils of Lurking Online.”
Dr. Tonya Palermo, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Pain & Sleep Innovations Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, will give a presentation titled “Innovations in Behavioral and Psychological Treatment of Pediatric Chronic Pain,” on Tuesday, September 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. (6710B Rockledge Drive, room 1417).
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NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee Meeting
Please join the next NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC) open meeting on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on NIH’s campus (Rockledge II, room 9112/9116) or online (WebEx access code: 628 548 199, password: gWZPDbr4). Representatives from NIH Institutes and Centers will meet to discuss behavioral and social sciences-relevant topics.
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Webinar Recording: Targeting Cognitive and Affective Processes in Behavioral Development Research
The June Director’s Webinar recording, featuring guest speakers Greg Siegle, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Translational Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Yale University, is now available. Dr. Siegle discussed cognitive training to address obstacles to recovery, and Dr. Baskin-Sommers presented on an experimental therapeutics approach to target antisocial behaviors.
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11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I)
Registration is open for the 11th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health (D&I), to be held December 3-5, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington, DC. This conference, co-hosted by the NIH and AcademyHealth, helps realize the full potential of evidence to optimize health and health care by bridging the gap between research, practice, and policy. By outlining the priorities in the field, the Science of D&I Conference aims to ensure that evidence is used to inform decisions that will improve the health of individuals and communities.
NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory Program
The overall goal of the NIH Health Care Systems (HCS) Research Collaboratory program is to strengthen the national capacity to implement cost-effective large-scale research studies that engage health care delivery organizations as research partners. Research conducted in partnership with health care systems is essential to make research results more relevant to medical practice. This type of research takes place at the site of care under the real-world conditions of medical practice. The program currently supports a series of clinical trial Demonstration Projects that take place at the site of care with health care delivery systems participating as full research partners.
New Ventures to Study Infants and Young Children through National Survey
The relationship of early child nutrition to health throughout the lifespan is an important and growing area of public health interest. The stage from birth to 24 months (B-24 mo) is particularly important nutritionally because of increased demands to support growth and development and opportunities to positively influence the trajectory for building healthy dietary patterns. Traditionally, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has focused on ages 2 years and older. The Agricultural Act of 2014 (aka, Farm Bill) mandated that beginning with the 2020-2025 edition, the Dietary Guidelines will include recommendations for pregnancy and children B-24 months. Nationally representative nutrition data are an important source of evidence for the Dietary Guidelines and Federal nutrition monitoring activities. However, current national data for children B-24 months are not sufficient.