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Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses

March 15, 2023

“Attention Grabbing Mental Illnesses” Mental disorder is defined by DSM-5 in terms of dysfunctional cognition, emotion, and behavior. We will argue that mental illnesses can be understood more fundamentally as failures to control attention. Some mental illnesses involve too much attention (and too little ability to adjust focus), whereas others involve too little attention (or … Continued

Abbey Speaker Series: Faith and Abortion

January 19, 2023

The Program for Public Discourse will host a panel composed of religious leaders and thinkers from various faiths to discuss the relationship between abortion and faith in the final spring installment of the Abbey Speaker Series.

Treating Healthy Clinical Trial Participants Fairly

January 5, 2023

Many medical advances rely on Phase I trials that enroll healthy participants to test the safety of new therapies. This event brings together experts on clinical trial policy to discuss healthy participants’ experiences and good trial governance. Registration Required Presenters:  Jill Fisher, PhD Professor of Social Medicine UNC School of Medicine Holly Fernandez-Lynch, JD, MBE … Continued

Beyond the Medical: Genetic Testing for Social Traits | CGS Seminar

November 18, 2022

Registration link   In traditional predictive genetic testing, single gene variants are analyzed to determine whether individuals are at high risk of developing disease. The vast majority of diseases, however, are polygenic—caused by many different genes. Polygenic risk scores (PRS) hold promise to predict risk for complex diseases like heart disease or diabetes by … Continued