Early life experiences have profound effects on development. Family and social environments in which children are deprived of basic needs or threatened with harm have long-term negative effects on cognition, emotion regulation, social connections, chronic physical and mental health, and premature mortality. These Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the mechanisms through which they exert lifelong effects on health and functioning is the focus of the newly funded Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Adversity (CIRCA). Panelists from CIRCA will present the goals of this research and training center and will include:
Dr. Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Moderator and Presenter, Human Development & Family Science – As the CIRCA Principal Investigator, Hays-Grudo will provide an overview of the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Oklahoma, and the Center’s approach to integrating animal, epidemiological and translational research to better understand, treat and prevent negative outcomes.
Dr. Julie Croff, OSU MPH Director - As a CIRCA project leader, Croff’s research deals with the intersection of alcohol and other health behaviors.
Dr. Brenda Smith, Nutritional Sciences – As an investigator with expertise in research areas ranging from cellular and molecular studies to clinical trials, Smith will describe CIRCA training opportunities across the research continuum.
Dr. Kent Teague, OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Tulsa - As director of the Integrative Immunology Center at OUHSC-Tulsa, Teague will share the role of his laboratories in biobanking and analyzing markers of stress.
Additional CIRCA researchers to join the panel for questions and answers: Dr. Karina Shreffler and Dr. Ron Cox, Project Investigators; Dr. Amanda Harrist, Director of the Human Subjects Core; and Dr. Isaac Washburn, Director of the Design and Analysis Core.
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