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50 Years of Research on Children’s Health and Development, 1964-2014

In celebration of 50 years of continuing research at the University of Michigan, the Center for Human Growth and Development held a symposium on June 6, 2014 titled, “Investing in Children and Families:  What Really Counts.”   The morning keynote “Completed Schooling in an Era of Increasing Income Inequality” by Dr. Gregory J. Duncan from the Department of Education at the University of California-Irvine, focused on income inequality in the U.S. and the ramifications of social disparities on children’s long-term health and achievement.  Dr. Samuel J. Meisels, Founding Director of the University of Nebraska’s Buffett Early Childhood Institute, delivered the afternoon keynote, “Why the Early Years of Life Matter.”  Dr. Meisels’ talk focused on the benefits of early interventions to support healthy child development.  CHGD researchers also presented throughout the day.

Pictured above is Silvia Bisconti (right), CHGD Post Doctoral Research Scholar explaining her fNIRS research during the poster session/reception that followed the June 6 program.