Memory and Resilience to Violence, Stress, and Trauma

photo - cpb - 2011Catherine Panter-Brick
Professor of Anthropology, Health, and Global Affairs
Yale University
Senior Editor, Social Science & Medicine
Conflict, Resilience & Health Program Director
We know relatively little about the nature of traumatic memory for civilian populations affected by war, especially children and adolescents. To what extent do fixed or malleable memories of violent events predict resilience to stress and trauma? My work in humanitarian settings shows that youth tend to forget distressing experiences over time, but also that ongoing family conflict shapes the recall of trauma and individual trajectories of posttraumatic distress and depression. I discuss how mental health, trauma, and memory are embedded in subjective and social experiences, as well as evidenced in biological stress pathways, in order to inform the science of resilience.
Tuesday May 20th
6:30pm to 7:30pm
Refreshments served at 6:15pm
Northwest Building, Room B-101
52 Oxford Street, Cambridge
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~In honor of David Hubel, Peter Huttenlocher & William Greenough~


Pat Kuhl2:00pm, Northwest B-103

Brain mechanisms underlying the developmental change in infant speech perception
Patricia Kuhl, PhD

Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning
Professor, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences
University of Washington


Poster3:00pm, Northwest Café

Reception & Undergraduate Poster Session with Prizes
Featuring the work of Harvard College students
from Neurobiology, Psychology, and Related Disciplines



Jeff Lichtman4:00pm, Northwest B-101

Developmental Connectomics
Jeff Lichtman, MD, PhD

Jeremy R. Knowles Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Santiago Ramón y Cajal Professor of Arts and Sciences
Harvard University


5:00pm, Northwest Café
Center for Brain Science Social Hour

Sponsored by the Conte Center, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Center for Brain Science and Center on the Developing Child


Courtyard. JEB 2013“Perspectives on Mental Illness”
A Wintersession Workshop for Harvard College Undergraduates
Monday January 20th to Thursday January 23rd, 2014
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Conte Colloquium

Conte-CBS Colloquium on Mental Health

The Conte-CBS Colloquium on Mental Health is an interdisciplinary lecture series on neuroscience and mental health research open to all members of the Harvard community and the general public.

Taking place on a monthly basis throughout the academic year, the series features diverse talks from researchers in the life sciences, social sciences, and clinical disciplines. Each talk begins with a broad introduction to the topic, and is followed by an extensive question and answer session. Advance registration is requested to ensure sufficient seating and refreshments.

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Conte Tea Time

Conte Tea Time is a community building activity for Conte Center members, designed to encourage crosstalk amongst students, fellows and staff in different Center laboratories, as well as our computing experts and outreach collaborators. The Tea Times provide Center members the opportunity to regularly share their scientific work and outreach ideas with each other in an informal atmosphere in between the larger, more formal annual events such as retreats and scientific advisory board meetings.

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Summer High School Teacher Workshops

In August 2012 and July 2013, the Conte Center the teamed up with the Life Sciences Outreach Program at Harvard to offer 2-3 day workshops in Neuroscience and Mental Health for local high school science teachers. These workshops featured basic science and clinically-oriented lectures from top notch researchers both within and beyond the Conte Center—as well as hands-on lab activities, lab tours and other opportunities such as curriculum planning discussions and a talk on promoting diversity in STEM fields.

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Program, photos and readings from the 2013 workshop >>

Wintersession at Harvard College

Wintersession is a period between the fall and spring semesters at Harvard College, when undergraduates have a chance to engage in a wide range of enrichment activities. In January 2013, the Conte Center launched two new weeklong Wintersession programs for students interested in neurobiology and mental illness. The first, hosted in collaboration with McLean Hospital, was “Perspectives on Mental Illness,” a highly interdisciplinary workshop providing clinical, historical, research, policy and personal views on mental illness. The second, “Mapping Brain Connectivity with Electron Microscopy,” featured an introduction to connectomics and extensive electron microscopy image analysis experience. Together the workshops served approximately 40 students.

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Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions

On April 30, 2013, the Conte Center worked with the Center for Brain Science and undergraduate concentration advisors at Harvard to host a “Neuroscience and Mental Health” poster session for undergraduates concentrating in neurobiology or relevant areas of psychology. The session provided undergraduates writing theses or otherwise conducting original research in these areas an opportunity to formally present their findings to the Harvard science community. Prizes were awarded for the best posters in neurobiology and cognitive neuroscience. The Conte Center has also hosted undergraduates presenting in summer research poster sessions in 2012 and 2013.

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Brain Awareness Week

Brain Awareness Week, launched by the Dana Foundation and supported by the Society for Neuroscience, is a global campaign to raise interest in and awareness about brain science. On March 14, 2013 the Conte Center participated in a Harvard Graduate School of Education program hosting 150 sixth-graders from Malden, MA for a day long “Youth Conference on Brain Awareness.” The event featured two lectures and 10 science fair style ‘brain stations.’

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Conte Center Summer Retreats

Each summer the Conte Center has a one day off-site retreat for Center members and close collaborators, featuring a guest lecture by a prominent scientist, research talks from each of the Center laboratories and an update on the Center’s outreach efforts. The 2012 retreat took place at the Boston Museum of Science and featured a guest lecture by Dr. Mitya Chklovskii of Janelia Farm. The 2013 retreat took place at the Nantasket Beach Resort in Hull, MA and featured a guest lecture by Dr. Thomas Südhof of Stanford University.

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