Center for Health Behavior Research & Community Engagement & Research (CEAR) Core Present... The Short-Term Effects of a smoking prevention program ‘Smoke-free Kids’ Marieke Hiemstra, MSc Behavioural Science Institute Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands Abstract: Adolescence is characterized by a strong increase in smoking: in the Netherlands about 6% of all 10-year olds report lifetime smoking, this proportion increases to 27% among 13-year olds and 63% of the 17-year olds. In the US, an intervention program called ‘Smoke-free Kids’ was developed to prevent children from smoking. Smoke-free Kids is a home-based smoking prevention program for children aged 9-11 years old. We assess the effects of this program in the Netherlands. This talk will evaluate the short term effect of the Smoke-free Kids prevention program on anti-smoking socialization (i.e., frequency and quality of communication, non-smoking agreement, house-rules, availability of cigarettes, perceived maternal influence, anticipated maternal reactions) and smoking cognitions (i.e., attitude, self-efficacy, and social norm). Marieke Hiemstra MSc. is a PhD student at the Behavioural Science Institute of the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She received her Master's in Public Health Research from the VU University Amsterdam in 2008. Her research focuses on the prevention of smoking in children and adolescents and the influences of parents (i.e., parenting). Her research is in collaboration with Rutger CME Engels, Roy Otten, and Onno CP van Schayck. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. More details coming soon!
Erfei Bi, Ph.D.Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Pennsylvania
May 21, 2012
"Dynamics and scaffolding role of myosin-II during cytokinesis"
Class of '62 Lecture Hall, John Morgan Building
Richard Goodman, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
"Activity-regulated MicroRNAs in Neuronal Growth and Maturation"
First Annual Thomas R. Ten Have Memorial Lecture
Improving Mental Health by Having Statistics Go Viral: Or Should We?
Keynote Speaker: C. Hendricks Brown, PhD
Professor and Director, Prevention Science and Methodology Group Department of Epidemiology and Public Health University of Miami
Abstract: Research in mental health is conducted with the ultimate goal of lessening the burdens of mental disorders. But there are major challenges in mental illness prevention, treatment, and service, all due to limitations in existing data, measurement, design, and analysis. Throughout his all too brief life Professor Thomas R. Ten Have pushed through these limits by developing novel statistical methods and their application in collaborative research. It is now left to us to continue down these paths that he laid for us. One of the fundamental challenges he and others recognized was the long lag between the development of statistical methods that could enlighten psychiatric research, and the use of these statistical methods in practice. Too often methods that are inadequate or inappropriate to the task are used. We illustrate the large gap between development and practical use of a number of innovative statistical ideas that have addressed challenges in longitudinal research, community-based randomized trials, mediation analysis, and missing data analysis. We discuss how these methods have naturally diffused and evolved over time and how inappropriate methods, such as "Last Observation Carried Forward" have become entrenched. A change needs to be made to move these new methods into practice more rapidly with precision. We then explore how mixed methods used in implementation science can provide new directions to pursue, as this young field itself is attempting to move evidence based interventions and programs into practice. Finally, some risks are identified, with illustrations of how inappropriate use of statistical methods have sometimes led to widespread societal failures.
Genetics Research Talks
Merideth Toth-Jongens Lab "The role of presenilin in age-onset learning and memory defects"
Brian Johnson-Zhou Lab "Investigating a role for MeCP2 in brain region-specific gene expression"
Erica Thaler, MD “Current Surgical Management of OSA”
Associate Professor Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program Leader The Wistar Institute
"Double agents in the war on cancer: How the immune system governs cancer progression"
Room 132 - Hill Pavilion
Community Engagement Training Series
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- A web-based recruitment registry
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This training will provide an introduction to ResearchMatch, how to register as a researcher, and how you can connect with potential volunteers.
Sponsored by Center for Health Behavior Research & Community Engagement and Research (CEAR) Core of the UPENN CTSA
Dr. T. Sundararaman, the Executive Director of India’s National Health Systems Resource Center (http://nhsrcindia.org/ ) will lead an informal talk/conversation. Dr. Sundararaman’s public health work includes oversight for the ASHA program – 800,000 community health workers. Prior to entering the public health field, he practiced internal medicine for many years. His knowledge of and experience in many states of India, at many levels is expansive and impressive.