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Stress and Resilience: the science of adapting to a challenging world

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The symposium took place on Monday, May 15, 2017, 9am-6pm.

Videos of selected talks will be available shortly.


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Lineup of Blitz Presenter



Special Speaker:

What is the Role of Chronic Stress in Minority Health and Health Disparities?

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
Director, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

Keynote Address:

Transcriptional and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Depression

Eric J. Nestler, MD, PhD
Nash Family Professor of Neuroscience, Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience, Director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center

A Convergent Stress Vulnerability Pathway Encoded by Emergent Spatiotemporal Dynamics

Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke Institute for Brain Science

Activating Resilience Mechanisms: A novel approach to treating depression

Allyson K. Friedman, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Hunter College of the City University of New York 

Prefrontal Cortical Network Dynamics in Chronic Stress and Hyperexcitable Brain States

Conor Liston, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical



Maternal Control of the Infant Brain: Lessons from an Animal Model

Regina Sullivan, PhD
Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Early experiences and cortical-subcortical brain development in humans 

Nim Tottenham, PhD
Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University

Resilience in the aftermath of civilian trauma: Is activation of inhibitory brain circuits protective?

Tanja Jovanovic, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine

Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: From Heterogeneity to Flexibility

George A Bonanno, PhD
Professor of clinical psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University

Concluding Remarks:
Francis Lee, PhD

Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry
Professor in the Department of Pharmacology
Attending Psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine



Symposium Planning Committee: 

Chair: Glenn Schafe, PhD, Hunter College, CUNY
Coordinator: Denise Charles, MS, CTBR - Hunter College, CUNY
Nesha Burghardt, PhD, Hunter College, CUNY
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary, PhD, Hunter College, CUNY
Francis Lee, PhD, WCM-CTSC
Conor Liston,PhD, WCM-CTSC
Regina Miranda,PhD Hunter College, CUNY
Shirley Yi, MPH, CTBR - Hunter College, CUNY


Program Leadership: 

Jesus Angulo, Principal Investigator, Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), Professor of Biological Sciences, Hunter College, CUNY
Julianne Imperato-McGinley, Associate Dean of Translational Research, Weill Cornell Medical College
Rodrigo Valles, Jr., Associate Program Director, Center for Translational and Basic Research (CTBR), Hunter College, CUNY