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  • Behavioral Sciences

  • Events 

    Friday, October 16, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Towards Evidence-based Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality

    Keynote Speakers: Sonia Angell (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), Rogan Kersh (Wake Forest University)
    Speakers: Eliza Barclay (NPR's Salt), Sanjay Basu (Stanford University), Julia Belluz (VOX), Jason P. Block (Harvard Medical School), Juan Rivera Dommarco (Research Center in Nutrition and Health, National Institutes of Public Health, Mexico), Helena Bottemiller Evich (Politico), Matthew Harding (Duke University), Terry Huang (CUNY School of Public Health), Nancy Huehnergarth (Nancy F. Huehnergarth Consulting), Barbara A. Laraia (Berkeley School of Public Health), Jeff Niederdeppe (Cornell University)

    Well-informed nutrition policy decisions which consider scientific evidence should strive for effective policies that improve health outcomes on a large scale. This one-day conference will focus on emerging research methodology, how to interpret research outcomes and how these can be used to inform policy.

    Monday, November 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

    Current Evidence on Non-caloric Sweeteners and their Health Implications

    Speakers: Kiyah Duffey (Virginia Tech), Gary D. Foster (Weight Watchers International, Inc), John Glendinning (Barnard College), Rick Mattes (Purdue University)

    This evening event will unpack current scientific research from multiple disciplines, regarding the effect of non-caloric sweeteners currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in foods and beverages in the United States, on weight management and health.

  • Past Events

    Monday, April 27, 2015 | 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM

    Non-Motor Symptoms: Unraveling the "Invisible" Face of Parkinson’s Disease

    Speakers: Erwan Bezard (University of Bordeaux), Patrik Brundin (Van Andel Institute), Marie-Francoise Chesselet (UCLA), Diane G. Cook (Parkinson's Disease Foundation), Maurizio Facheris (The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research), Horacio Kaufmann (NYU Langone Medical Center), Olivier Rascol (University of Toulouse), Anna Sauerbier (NPF International Centre of Excellence, Kings College London), Daniel Weintraub (University of Pennsylvania)

    This symposium will review clinical tools for the diagnosis and treatment of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease, discuss the disease mechanisms, and address preclinical models for the development of new therapeutics.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    Nutrition and the Science of Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Support Metabolic Health

    Keynote Speaker: Frank Hu (Harvard School of Public Health)
    Speakers: Brian Bennett (University of North Carolina), Kevin Hall (National Institutes of Health), Rudolph Leibel (Columbia University), Patricia Mabry (National Institutes of Health), Anne McCartney (University of Reading), Christina A. Roberto (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

    This one-day conference will highlight the connection between nutrition and the complex science of preventing disease. Speakers will focus on promotion of optimal metabolic health, building on input from several complementary disciplines.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | 5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

    Baby Talk: Closing the Achievement Gap, Word by Word

    Moderator: Michael H. Levine (Executive Director, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop)
    Panelists: Patricia K. Kuhl (Co-Director, Institute for Learning and Behavioral Sciences (ILABS), University of Washington; Co-author, "The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind."), Patti Miller (Director, Too Small to Fail Initiative for the Clinton Foundation), Dana Suskind (Director, Pediatric Cochlear Implant Program at the University of Chicago and Founder and Director, Thirty Million Words Initiative)

    By the time they are 3, children from low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than their high-income peers. Join us for a public panel discussion on early childhood development and strategies to boost school readiness for all children.

    November 11 - 13, 2014

    Shaping the Developing Brain: Prenatal through Early Childhood
    Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum

    Keynote Speaker:Thomas R. Insel (National Institute of Mental Health)
    Speakers: Tracy L. Bale (University of Pennsylvania), Jay Belsky (University of California, Davis), Maureen Black (University of Maryland), Pia Britto (UNICEF), Serena Counsell (King's College London), Martha Farah (University of Pennsylvania), Edward Frongillo (University of South Carolina), Michael Georgieff (University of Minnesota), Takao Hensch (Harvard University), Sharon Lynn Kagan (Columbia University), Patricia Kuhl (Washington University), Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Science), Betsy Lozoff (University of Michigan), Linda Mayes (Yale School of Medicine), Andrew N. Meltzoff (Washington University), Charles A. Nelson (Harvard University and Boston Children's Hospital), Joseph Piven (UNC School of Medicine, CIDD), Dana Suskind (University of Chicago), Nim Tottenham (UCLA)

    Discover the latest cognitive neuroscience research on infant and early childhood development; social, family, and nutritional factors that cause lasting changes to the brain; and intervention, education, and policy to help at-risk children.

  • Publications 

    Annals

    Annals Reports

    Edited by Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences editorial staff

    Reports on early-life influences on obesity; food safety considerations for innovative nutrition solutions; and a multifaceted cytokine that functions in both angiogenesis and inflammation

    eBriefing

    Non-motor Symptoms: Unraveling the "Invisible" Face of Parkinson's Disease

    Organizers: Nathalie Breysse (Lundbeck Research USA), Elena Dale (Lundbeck Research USA), and Sonya Dougal (The New York Academy of Sciences)

    Non-motor symptoms are common but often overlooked in Parkinson's disease. This eBriefing examines new approaches to studying disease mechanisms, which could lead to a better understanding of pathogenesis and to the development of new therapies.

    eBriefing

    Nutrition and Disease Prevention: A Systems Approach to Metabolic Health

    Keynote Speaker: Frank Hu (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

    This eBriefing explores research on metabolic health from several disciplines and looks at how different types of data combine to explain physiology and disease.

    Annals

    Affective Disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury: Qatar Clinical Neuroscience Conference

    Edited by Matthew E. Fink (Weill Cornell Medical College), Jack D. Barchas (Weill Cornell Medical College), and Javaid I. Sheikh (Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar)

    Discussions of the latest translational research, advanced brain imaging, & novel diagnostics

  • Podcasts

    A recent conference held at the Academy asked a downright outrageous question: Can dementia be prevented by making changes to your diet? In this podcast we look at what the answers might be.

    Download (87 MB, 38:11)

    In the second of a two-part series, experts look at the links between health and nutrition. They examine everything from how nutrition impacts hospital stays, to cancer and aging, to developing food science innovations, and improving diet.

    Download (45 MB, 19:56)

    In this first of a two-part series, experts from various sectors explore the available options to reduce "hidden hunger"—micronutrient deficiencies in a population.

    Download (71 MB, 31:13)