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Distinguished Scientist Lecture November 1, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Developing Minds:  Origins of Behavioral Phenotypes
Understanding How Genes, Brain Development, and
Experience Make Us Different

 Terry Jernigan, PhD

Department of Psychiatry 
  University of California, San Diego







Terry Jernigan is Professor of Cognitive Science, Psychiatry, and Radiology at UC San Diego.  She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology at UC Los Angeles, and interned, practiced, and conducted post-doctoral research at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University before joining the faculty at UC San Diego in 1984.  Since the late 1970s she has studied the human brain using imaging. Her studies investigated brain development and aging, neurodevelopmental disorders in children, neuropsychiatric and substance use disorders in young adults, and neurodegenerative disorders.  She is Director, UCSD Center for Human Development, where she works with an interdisciplinary team conducting research focused on the factors that influence behavioral and brain development in children. She is principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Lundbeck Foundation.  She currently serves on the National Advisory Board on Drug Abuse and is a regular consultant for several of the National Institutes of Health. She is a member of the scientific advisory boards of several research organizations and is on the editorial boards of several journals focusing on neuropsychology or neuroimaging.

Learning Objectives:  At the end of the lecture, learners will be able to:

  1. Understand recent imaging results describing the time course of postnatal developmental change in cortical architecture.
  2. Describe associations between indices of structural connectivity in the brain and behavioral differences among developing children.
  3. Identify some of the interpretive challenges associated with gene-behavior associations.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.


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