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BioMed Upcoming Events

  • Pediatric Grand Rounds

    April 30, 2021


    Dean Ashish Jha, MD, MPH

    Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University Dean of the School of Public Health



    “Science, Communications and role of Physicians in a pandemic”

    Objectives: Participants should be able to:

    • Identify the role of information and misinformation during health crisis
    • Identify sources of disinformation and the role of physicians have in countering
    • Apply strategies physicians can use to be trusted voices for science
  • Academic May Grand Rounds

    Academic Grand Rounds*

    The 23rd Annual David H. Barlow Oration Academic Grand Rounds*

    PTSD, Resilience, and Everything in Between: Making Sense of Outcome Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma

    George Bonanno, Ph.D.

    Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology

    Teachers College, Columbia University

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 ◊ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Please join us Thursday, May 6, at 4 p.m. for “Why the First 1,000 Days Matter for Healthy Growth” with Elsie Taveras, M.D., MPH, moderated by Alison Field, ScD.

    Dr. Taveras is chief of the Division of General Pediatrics and executive director of the Kraft Center for Community Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is also Conrad Taff Professor of Pediatrics in the Field of Nutrition at Harvard Medical School and professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

    Dr. Field is professor of epidemiology and chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health, professor of pediatrics with The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown and professor of epidemiology in the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Field is a member of the advisory council for the Office of the Vice President for Research.

    Please register below to receive the Zoom link for this virtual event.

    Learn more about the Hassenfeld Institute
  • Brown Contemplative Studies’ Virtual Contemplative Mentors in Residence Program

    The Brown University “Virtual Contemplative Mentors in Residence Program” makes tradition-based contemplative practices available to students and faculty at Brown University. Our Contemplative Mentors in Residence are all skilled practitioners in their respective traditions and also PhD-level scholars who have extensive experience teaching at institutions of higher education in Asia, North America and Europe. Our mentors will teach weekly in the noon hour Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for 10 weeks during each term of the upcoming academic year. The Summer Sessions start the week of May 10th. On Mondays, there is Thai Samatha Meditation with Sarah Shaw. On Wednesdays, there is Chinese Qigong Moving Meditation with Larson DiFiori. And on Fridays, there is Japanese Rinzai Meditation with Masaki Matsubara.

    As a Brown Faculty member, if you are interested in participating yourself, incorporating one of the practices into your syllabus, or recommending it to students to see what it’s like to develop a consistent contemplative practice, we strongly recommend – but do not require – that you sign up for the entire 10-week period this semester. If you are a Brown student, you are welcome to “shop” the first sessions during the first two weeks of May and then decide. Casual participation is also possible but not recommended. Send your decision to ann[email protected] with “Virtual Contemplative Mentors” in the subject line.

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds

    Psychosocial Issues that Arise in Caring for Gender Diverse Youth and Navigation of the Rhode Island Gender Care System

    Agnieszka Janicka, M.D.

    Director, Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program - Lifespan


    Jason Rafferty, M.D., MPH, EdM

    Pediatrician and Child Psychiatrist

    Gender & Sexuality Clinic at Hasbro Adolescent Health Center - Department of Pediatrics at Thundermist Health Centers

  • Pathobiology Seminar: Zelieann Craig, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor Zelieann Craig from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson will present “Human Relevant Exposures to Phthalates and Female Reproduction”.  This lecture is part of the 2021 Pathobiology Graduate Program Spring Seminar Series.

  • This workshop promotes the use of game-based learning in medical education through a framework of adult education and learning theory. Participants will experience medical education “carnival” stations to provide a solid understanding of how games can facilitate learning. Participants will have the opportunity to identify topics in their own educational practice that may lend themselves to a game-based modality.

    Following this session participants will be able to…

    1. Describe key principles of adult learning theory
    2. Engage in game based medical education modules
    3. Design a rough draft of a game applicable to their own MedEd practice


  • BSHS Dissertation Defense | Kira Rose DiClemente, MPH

    The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is pleased to announce the dissertation defense of Kira DiClemente on May 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST.

    “Mental health experiences of women exposed to war and violence in Africa: a community-based approach”

    Despite sharing a culture of resilience and strong community, African women exposed to war and violence carry a high burden of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety. Using a community-based approach, this dissertation examines the social context of the mental health experiences of African women exposed to war and violence. In partnership with members of the African refugee community in Providence, Rhode Island, Aims 1 and 2 of this research investigate key influences on women’s mental health, including exposure to traumatic events, sociocultural norms, and intimate partner relationships. Aim 3 presents an empirical investigation of these topics among women who remain in post-conflict settings. These findings offer novel and community-driven perspectives on intervention opportunities to address the mental health needs of this population.


    Please note that this virtual event, including attendees’ Zoom video, audio and screen name, and questions or chats, will be recorded. All or portions of the event recording may be shared through Brown University’s digital channels. Individuals who do not want their identities to be captured are solely responsible for turning off their camera, muting their microphone and/or adjusting their screen name accordingly. By attending this event, you consent to your name, voice, and/or image being recorded and to Brown University reproducing, distributing and otherwise displaying the recording, within its sole discretion.

  • Please join us Thursday, May 20, at 4 p.m. for a presentation by Method Tuuli, MD, MPH, MBA.

    Dr. Tuuli is the incoming chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Tuuli is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist with a sub-specialty in maternal-fetal medicine. He comes to Brown from the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he was professor, vice chair for obstetrics and director of perinatal research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

    Please register below to receive the Zoom link for this virtual event.

    Learn more about the Hassenfeld Institute