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The Lichtman Lab at Harvard University
"Mapping Brain Connectivity"
The new field of “connectomics” aims to show how brains behave at a level not previously possible—examining how entire brains are wired together, how wiring changes as brains grow up, and how interactions with the external world affect this wiring. The Lichtman Lab at Harvard University, a partner in the Conte Center at Harvard, pioneered tools to potentially map every connection in a complete brain and has started to map the connectome in mouse brains. In this narrated, 15-minute multimedia presentation, postdoctoral fellow Bobby Kasthuri shares some of the results and insights from his work at the Lichtman Lab, using images and videos that show three-dimensional recreations of actual neural connections in the brain. He also discusses the future direction of this work in helping to understand how early adverse experiences affect connectivity.
The Forum at HSPH
"The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy"
"The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy" is the subject of an on-demand webcast available from The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health. The discussion, with expert panelists fielding in-studio and online audience questions, featured Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff; Robert W. Block, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics; and Roberto Rodríguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education Policy in the White House. Launched in 2010, The Forum seeks to provide decision-makers with a global platform to discuss policy choices and scientific controversies.
NBC NEWS' 2011 EDUCATION NATION SUMMIT
"Stimulating Minds and Protecting Brains"
On Monday, Sept. 26, Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., presented at NBC News' Education Nation Summit in New York City. His talk, "Stimulating Minds and Protecting Brains," was part of a session featuring presentations on the science of early brain development and how that affects learning, behavior, and health for a lifetime. The two-day summit brought together educators, parents, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, students and others to discuss pressing topics in American education.
View videos from the Center's Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series, held in in partnership with schools across the University. The series was open to all University students, faculty, and the general public and provided a venue to interact with distinguished scholars whose creative research has made significant advances in the field of child development.
Symposium Summary DVD Videos
These videos, filmed at the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy in June 2008, include highlights of the Symposium's proceedings as well as interviews with Symposium presenters. Two versions of the program are available for viewing: the 6-minute executive summary and the four parts which make up the full-length 17-minute program. View videos >>
Presentations from the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science & Policy
The State Policy Partnership jointly presented the National Symposium on Early Childhood Science and Policy in June 2008. This nonpartisan, educational event shared cutting-edge scientific knowledge and evidence-based conclusions drawn from extensive evaluations of early childhood programs, policies, and interventions. Presentations from the Symposium are available in video and PDF format (when available). View videos >>