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Children's Health & Discovery Initiative: "Great Minds Think for Kids" Seminar Series

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Beverly Murphy

The goal of the Children’s Health & Discovery initiative (CHDI) is to foster multidisciplinary and innovative research that will positively impact childhood and lifelong health. Efforts in four key research focus areas (genes and biology, physical environment, social and economic factors, and health and behavior needs) will inform prevention, risk screening, and treatment, as well as provide training opportunities for the next generation of pediatrician-scientists to learn from Duke’s cadre of experts. As part of our goal of fostering multidisciplinary collaborations, the CHDI is holding seminar/brainstorming sessions, which we’ve termed “Great Minds Think for Kids”, beginning this January. These sessions will include a 40-minute research-in-progress talk from a guest speaker, followed by a 40-minute brainstorming/group discussion session led by the guest speaker and a member of the CHDI scientific leadership.

Details about the February seminar/brainstorming session follow:

Date: February 26, 2018
Time: 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Location: Chesterfield Building (701 W Main Street), rooms 2908/2909
​Parking: Free parking available in the deck at 704 W Pettigrew St. Please email CHDI for a parking validation sticker. Paid street parking is also available.

Seminar Title: "Cannabis Today--Consequences Tomorrow: The Potential for Unintended Intergenerational Outcomes"
Speaker: Susan Murphy, PhD
Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Chief, Division of Reproductive Sciences
Associate Professor of Pathology
Associate Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment
Director, Epigenetics Research Laboratory
Duke University School of Medicine

Susan K. Murphy, PhD is passionate about research that will improve the lives of women with ovarian cancer, and having recently become a breast cancer survivor herself, has a new appreciation for the urgency of research to make a difference in the individualization of therapies and improved knowledge about the basis for and prevention of cancer recurrence. Her other major research interest is understanding how epigenetics (particularly DNA methylation) is involved in the developmental origins of disease and neurodevelopmental disorders. In this regard, she co-founded the Newborn Epigenetics Study at Duke, and is the Program Director for the Duke NICHES Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center, which is working to understand if early life exposure to tobacco smoke increases the risk of ADHD through epigenetic mechanisms. She also leads the CIPHERS study, which is examining the impact of cannabis use on the sperm epigenome and potential heritability of these changes.