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Picower Institute Spring 2021 Symposium: Early Life Stress & Mental Health
The Picower Institute's Biennial Spring Symposium, in conjunction with the JPB Foundation

Though studies show that abuse, neglect or trauma during childhood can lead to lifelong lifelong struggles including in mental health, research also indicates that solutions and interventions at various stages of life can be developed to help. And while many people manage to remain resilient, a lack of opportunity early in life, including because of poverty and systemic racism, can constrain their ability to realize their full potential. In what ways are health and other outcomes affected? How can systems instead restore opportunity?

This event will feature talks by neuroscientists, policy experts, physicians, educators and activists as they discuss how our experiences and biology work together to affect how our minds develop and what can be accomplished in helping people overcome early disadvantages.



Mariana Arcaya, Associate Professor, MIT Urban Studies and Planning

Nadine Burke Harris, Surgeon General of the State of California

Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone

Gloria Choi, Associate Professor, MIT Picower Institute

Bryan Stevenson, Equal Justice Initiative

Jose Antonio Vargas, Define American


Laura Schulz (Moderator), Professor and Associate Department Head for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Initiatives in Brain and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), MIT

Eboney Hearn, Executive Director, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

Héctor de Jesús-Cortés, Postdoc, PILM; Founder Sagrado-MIT Pre-College Program

Junyi Chu, Graduate Student and Mentor, BCS, MIT

Kailande Cassamajor, Senior, Howard University; BCS MSRP Alumna

Tyler Bonnen, Graduate Student, Stanford University; MIT BCS Postbaccalaureate Alumnus

Liora Jones, Senior, Torrington (CT) High School; Schulz Early Childhood Cognition Lab Former Intern

May 10, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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