Symposium on Biosocial Approaches to Population Health Across the Life Course

Symposium on Biosocial Approaches to Population Health Across the Life Course

Monday, May 13, 2019 · 2002 CSQ · UNC-Chapel Hill
Featuring Bridget Goosby, PhD, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

The Carolina Population Center is pleased to announce the first annual Symposium on Biosocial Approaches to Population Health across the Life Course.

Over the past decade, interdisciplinary research teams have made important advances by integrating social and biological science approaches to address complex problems in medicine and public health. This work has made it abundantly clear that research teams must learn to navigate and integrate across disciplines to successfully conduct pioneering work. Yet, there continues to be significant gaps in conducting interdisciplinary research that reaches across and brings together social and biological approaches. Moreover, efforts at research integration are lagging behind in both the social and biological/health sciences because of the staggering pace at which new social, behavioral, and biological measures are discovered and generated. To keep pace with advances in social and biological sciences, researchers will need to come together and develop novel approaches and methods to integrate across the biological and social sciences. Thus, the goal of the Symposium is to stimulate novel opportunities for biosocial health research by developing a scientific forum that provides an opportunity for emerging scholars to present research and facilitates the integration of social and biological/health approaches for addressing the complex health concerns of today.

Symposium Agenda

9:30 am - 9:35 am           Introductory Remarks: Allison Aiello and Robert Hummer

9:35 am - 11:15 am          Paper Session (Chair: Grace Noppert, PhD)

  • Nafeesa Andrabi, UNC: Subjective social status and adolescent mental health
  • Paul N. Zivich, UNC: Prevalence of depression under a hypothetical universal basic income policy
  • Audrey Renson, UNC: Gut microbiome-immune system interactions in Add Health
  • Yuan Zhang, UNC: The Effects of Sample Collection, Shipping Time, Heat, and Humidity on Biomarkers from Dried Blood Spots

11:15 am - 12:45 pm         
Poster Session

  • Marieke de Bruine, Duke: Examining individual and family moderators for the link between peer victimization and inflammation
  • Reed DeAngelis, UNC: The Motherhood Health Penalty: Childrearing Stress and Cellular Aging among Working Parents in Nashville
  • Andrea Goodwin, UNC: Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Allostatic Load among Young Adults in the United States
  • Adam Lilly, UNC: Investigating Genetic Confounding in the Education-Health Relationship
  • Rae Anne Martinez, UNC: Childhood adversity and indicators of immune and epigenetic aging in adulthood
  • Jess Meyer, UNC: Do Educational Differences in Sleep Duration Converge at Older Ages?
  • Aaron Reuben, Duke: Neighborhood Disadvantage Alters the Epigenome
  • Natalie Smith, UNC: Bridging the research to policy gap using simulation modeling: recommendations for building simulation models to support public health decision making
  • Rachel Wilbur, UNC: Life Course Theory and Intergenerational Allostatic Load Stemming from a Historical Trauma Event Within a Native American Population: A Presentation on Methods
  • Paul Zivich, UNC: Assortativity by Treatment in Social Networks and Bias

 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Keynote Address (joint sponsorship with Demography Daze) by Bridget Goosby, University of Texas:

“It Takes a Village: What Interdisciplinarity and Biosocial Methods Tell us about Health Disparities”

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