April 18, 2011

JHU to host national summit on ‘Stress and the Brain’

Johns Hopkins will host a two-day national summit next week on the topic of “Stress and the Brain: Implications for Health, Development and Learning.” Leading researchers and practitioners will discuss the latest research on how stress impacts brain growth and development in children and adolescents.

Sir Michael Rutter, a leading researcher and author in child psychiatry, will begin the summit with a talk on Thursday, April 28, in Hodson Hall on the Homewood campus. On Friday, April 29, three panels of experts will convene in Turner Hall on the East Baltimore campus to discuss the implications of stress research for interventions at three stages: parent and infants, early childhood and adolescence.

The summit is co-sponsored by the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Urban Health Institute, the School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative, the School of Medicine’s Brain Science Institute, the JHU Council for PK-12 Education and the Ludwig Family Fund.

“This will be an important summit for educators, public health professionals and other practitioners interested in seeing the important links between neuroscience, behavioral research, intervention strategies and public policy,” said Robert Blum, of the Urban Health Institute.

The conference is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, go to tinyurl.com/4hlp984. For questions, call 410-516-0375 or email ccombs@jhu