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Events and Announcements
Conversational Agents to Improve Quality of Life in Palliative Care Webinar
Join the July OBSSR Director’s Webinar on Tuesday, July 17, at 2:00 p.m. ET to hear from Michael Paasche-Orlow M.D., M.A., M.P.H., Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, on “Conversational Agents to Improve Quality of Life in Palliative Care.” Dr. Paasche-Orlow’s team designed and evaluated a series of interactive Embodied Conversational Agent (ECA) systems. During this webinar, he will describe attributes and design features of ECA systems with a focus on the current system as deployed with six content modules (symptoms, exercise, meditation, spiritual needs, advance care planning, and storytelling). Dr. Paasche-Orlow will also discuss early experiences with system utilization and the nurse alert workstation.
NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee Meeting
Please join us for the next NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC) open meeting on Friday, August 3, 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. Other partners from within and outside the federal government will also be present, to announce their upcoming activities and initiatives in behavioral and social sciences research. Add to My Calendar
August Director's Webinar featuring Russell Poldrack, Ph.D.
On Monday, August 20, 2018 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.
Video Recordings: 11th NIH Matilda White Riley Honors
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is hosting a workshop “Social Determinants of Health: Early Life Adversity as a Contributor to Disparities in Cardiovascular Diseases”, May 21-22, 2018, on NIH’s campus (Rockledge II, 9th floor conference rooms). The workshop will: 1) Provide an overview of early life adversities (ELA) as a social determinant of health (SDH) and its risk for adverse cardiovascular outcomes over the life course; 2) Outline putative behavioral, physiological, epigenetic and hormonal mechanisms through which early life exposure to SDH are associated with an increased risk for developing cardiovascular disease in adulthood, using ELA as a model; 3) Examine whether outcomes and/or exposures to ELA may differ for health disparity populations; 4) Identify critical timing and vulnerability factors, such as exposure accumulation, intensity, and recency; sensitive life periods of physiological plasticity; transgenerational inheritance of exposures; and variations of experiences to exposure; and 5) Discuss the role of resilience - individual, family, and community resilience resources in mitigating CVD risk associated with ELA.
NIH Brain Behavior Quantification Workshop
Did you miss the Brain Behavior Quantification workshop held on April 8, 2018? Recordings are now available. The workshop included five panels that discussed 1. Clinical Applications, 2. Biometrics/Deep Phenotyping, 3. Invasive Neural Devices: Capabilities/Synchronization, 4. Data Analysis, and 5. Neuroethics. Scroll down below the video to click and access a specific panel.
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