NEXT CONTE COLLOQUIUM ON MENTAL HEALTH:
Risk and Opportunities:
Adolescent brain development & psychological functioning
Leah Somerville, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology
This talk will address how neurodevelopmental shifts in circuit-level brain function contribute to changes in motivational, emotional, and social behavior during adolescence, and the psychological manifestations of these changes. Through inquiry in these areas, Dr. Somerville’s lab hopes to bolster fundamental understanding of human neurodevelopment, and to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the simultaneous opportunities and risks associated with adolescence.
Tuesday Feb 17th at 6:00pm
The Biological Labs, Room 1080
16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
(Light dinner served at 5:45pm)
Free and open to the public
Neural Mechanisms of Social Bonding: Implications for Novel Therapies for Autism
Larry J. Young, PhD
Director, Silvio O. Conte Center for Oxytocin and Social Cognition and
William P. Timmie Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences,
Dr. Young will discuss his research on the role of oxytocin and other brain chemical in regulating social bonding in monogamous prairie voles. Insights from this research has led to a greater understanding of the social brain and may give rise to novel therapies for improving social functioning in psychiatric disorders characterized by impairments in social cognition.
Tuesday March 24th
Free and open to the public
“Perspectives on Mental Illness”
A Wintersession Workshop for Harvard College Undergraduates
Monday January 19th to Friday January 23rd, 2015
Mental illness knows no barriers, affecting people in every nation and every walk of life—young or old, rich or poor, civilian or soldier. As diverse and complex as they are widespread, mental disorders include mood and anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders, just to name a few categories. In this five day workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health-funded Conte Center at Harvard (open to Harvard undergraduates of all class years and concentrations), we will explore the topic of mental health through multiple lenses—ranging from basic science and clinical research to artistic and personal perspectives.
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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.
Wintersession at Harvard College
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.
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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