Join us for first Lunch-Time Research Seminar of the 2017 Spring Semester DATE: Thursday, February 9th TIME: 12:15 – 1:45pm ROOM: 4E26 of SSW Bldg. 525 W. Redwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 **Pizza and refreshments will be provided** please RSVP by 02/07 to email@example.com Presentation Topic: "Early life experiences and health across the life course" Presenter: Natalie Slopen, ScD | Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics | University of Maryland, College Park sph.umd.edu/people/natalie-slopen Abstract: Children exposed to social adversity carry a greater risk of poor physical and mental health into adulthood. Identification of the mechanisms and moderators that connect early life adversity to chronic disease is an urgent public health priority, given that this information can be used to inform interventions to promote health over the life course, and address disparities in health. I will present several epidemiologic studies to describe the relationship between early life adversity and risk biomarkers for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of directions for future research and potential implications for public health practice and policy.