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Most Sackler colloquia are held at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, in Irvine, California.

Digital Media and Developing Minds


October 14-16, 2015; Irvine, CA
Organized by David Meyer, Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra and Jane Brown
Co-sponsored by Children AND Screens: The Institute of Digital Media and Child Development

As new media are being adopted by young people at record speeds, some researchers and social commentators are beginning to discuss the potential effects of their use in medical terms, eg. asking whether toddlers’ neural pathways are being transformed, whether school-children’s mental capacities for focused attention are being diminished by structural brain changes, and whether teens are suffering from “Facebook depression” or video game “addiction”  via dopamine pathways.

The purpose of the colloquium is to a) identify and report on state-of-the-art research on the impact of digital media on developing minds; b) establish a dialogue between medical researchers and those in the social sciences who study media effects, educators, funders and industry and c) set the agenda for future research needed in order to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks to children and teens in the digital age.

The colloquium marshals the talent of neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, child development experts, pediatricians, media effects specialists, social scientists, experts in informatics and computer sciences, public health and environmental health scientists, educators  and child advocacy groups.   In addition, we will invite policymakers and funders to participate in Challenge Question (breakout) sessions.

In the Light of Evolution X: Comparative Phylogeography

January 8-9, 2016; Irvine, CA
Organized by John C. Avise, Brian W. Bowen, and Francisco J. Ayala

Coupled Human and Environmental Systems

March 14-15, 2016; Washington, D.C.
Organized by Alison Galvani, Lord Robert May, Simon Levin, Burton Singer, Madhur Anand and Chris Bauch

Gene Regulatory Networks and Network Models in Development and Evolution

April 12-14, 2016; Irvine, CA
Organized by Neil Shubin, Ellen V. Rothenberg and Douglas H. Erwin



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