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Genomic Response to the Social Environment: Implications for Health Outcomes

June 24, 2020 | 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (ET) | via VideoCast


NINR will host the workshop “Genomic Response to the Social Environment: Implications for Health Outcomes” on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The event is open to the public, and registration is not required. 

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NINR gratefully acknowledges funding support from the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). NINR also acknowledges our colleagues across NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices who participated in the planning of the Workshop.  

While it is long recognized that the social environment can influence the risk, manifestation, and trajectory of disease and associated symptoms, the underlying biological mechanisms remain understudied. This trans-disciplinary event will address the relationship among genomics (epigenomics, gene expression, microbiome, telomeres); social environmental factors; and health outcomes across populations, conditions, and the lifespan.

Workshop Agenda

10:00 AM 10:30 AM Welcome 
Goals of Workshop

Jessica M. Gill, PhD, RN, FAAN
Acting Deputy Director, NINR
  Overview of the Day
Introduction of Keynote Speakers

Lois Tully, PhD
Program Director, NINR
10:30 AM 11:15 AM Lovesick: How Couples' Relationships Influence Health 
Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD
Director, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Distinguished University Professor
Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research
Ohio State University College of Medicine
11:15 AM Noon Social Regulation of Human Gene Expression 
Steve Cole, PhD 
Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology and Jonsson Cancer Center
UCLA School of Medicine
Noon 12:15 PM Break
12:15 PM 1:45 PM Session 1: Social Genomics State of the Science Epigenomics and Gene Expression 
Moderator: William Elwood, PhD
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
  Intergenerational Impact of Genetic and Psychological Factors on Blood Pressure
Jacquelyn Y. Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, FAHA, FAAN
Professor of Nursing
Director, Center for Research on People of Color
Columbia School of Nursing
  Genomic Basis of Human Wound Chronicity
Chandan K. Sen, PhD 
Distinguished Professor and J. Stanley Battersby Chair
Professor and Vice-Chairman (Research), Department of Surgery
Executive Director, IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center
Associate Dean, School of Medicine
Indiana University
  Bereavement Stress and Gene Expression: Does It Go Both Ways?
Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD 
Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Psychology Department
University of Arizona
1:45 PM  2:00 PM Moderated Discussion 
2:00 PM  2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM  3:30 PM Session 2: Social Genomics State of the Science Microbiome and Telomeres 
Moderator: Catherine M. Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, Nursing and Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Nancy Glunt Hoffman Endowed Chair in Oncology Nursing
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  Social and Behavioral Determinants of the Microbiome in Black Women
Elizabeth J. Corwin, PhD, RN, FAAN
Vice Dean for Strategy & Innovation in Research
Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research
Columbia University School of Nursing
  Effects of Health Determinants on Telomere Length: Acculturation and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Rita H. Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN
The FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health
Director, PhD & MS in Nursing Science Programs
The Ohio State University College of Nursing
3:30 PM  4:15 PM Moderated Discussion
4:15 PM  4:30 PM

Closing Remarks