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Research Coordinator Position at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Bob Krueger and Dr. Glenn Roisman of the University of Minnesota, Co-Principal Investigators on two coordinated five-year NIH-funded grants to follow-up the large Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS) and the Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) cohorts into late life, seek to hire a Research Coordinator (8352P2: Researcher 2) responsible for coordinating field studies by recruiting participants and coordinating research assistants (e.g., scheduling participant visits). The Research Coordinator will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication, as well as maintain records and assist with communication with the UMN IRB and the research sponsor (NIH/NIA).  They will ensure that components of the project are completed in an ethically and scientifically rigorous manner.  These duties require knowledge and experience with health research, including knowledge of relevant regulations and reporting requirements and procedures.  In addition, the Research Coordinator will serve as a key resource to the PIs and other staff regarding regulatory compliance, including identification of potential issues and working to resolve issues in collaboration with the PIs and other project staff.  The Research Coordinator will work closely with the SIBS and MTR research participants, co-investigators, and RAs, so a bachelor’s degree is required and research experience, knowledge, and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred.  

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Reference job opening ID 348894

PhD position to understand potential reasons for delayed ADHD diagnosis in females

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common and highly impairing neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with life-long adverse social, educational, and health outcomes. Diagnosis of ADHD is often delayed and may even be missed entirely in many females. Even when recognised, treatment with ADHD medication can be further delayed or not provided for females with ADHD. This delay and inequality in access to clinical care is likely to have a negative impact on the mental health and wellbeing of affected individuals and increase the costs of social and healthcare services. Delayed recognition of ADHD could be due to compensatory factors or coping strategies that mask ADHD difficulties and may be more common in females than males. These could include learning adaptive skills that improve difficulties associated with ADHD or strategies used to manage emotional dysregulation and social consequences such as peer rejection. This is an important area of research that has received little attention in ADHD to date.

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Post-doc, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research/Zucker Hillside Hospital, New York (NY)

Feinstein Institute for Medical Research / Zucker Hillside Hospital is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to take a leadership role in two NIH-funded studies involving polygenic risk scores and other statistical/ computational genomics approaches. One grant focuses on cognitive genomics and its relationship to psychopathology. The other grant examines polygenic embryo screening. Additional opportunities to collaborate on several inter-related projects as part of the Ashkenazi Genome Consortium, as well as schizophrenia-related projects (including pharmacogenetics and cognitive/imaging genetics) as part of the Zucker Hillside Hospital schizophrenia research program. Position will be funded for 2-4 years with salary and benefits competitive with industry and commensurate with experience. Postdoctoral fellows at the Zucker Hillside Hospital are mentored to develop into independent investigators; our department has a strong track record in obtaining competitive funding for our fellows and junior investigators, including NIH K awards and Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Young Investigator Awards. Continue reading

BGA 2022 COVID-19 Related Information

We are looking forward to seeing you all next week!

We are encouraging all attendees to wear masks during the conference. We do not expect speakers to wear masks during their presentations, and of course masks will come off during eating and drinking (during breaks, lunch, and the dinner banquet). Please be aware of this and feel free to avoid situations that make you uncomfortable.

We will follow requirements put in place by the LA health department. You can stay up to date on these requirements here: https://covid19.ca.gov/masks-and-ppe/ and here: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/masks/RulesAndRecommendations/

Masks are currently required on public transportation. It is possible that LA will adopt a mask requirement during the conference and some businesses in LA may require masks so we would advise everyone to make sure they bring masks and proof of vaccination with them to the meeting.

We also ask that you please maintain safety with social distancing and be respectful of others. For indicating level of comfort with distance/contact, we’ll have traffic light color-coded lanyards (green, yellow, red) for people to select when they pick up their badges. Red will indicate that the person is opting for no contact and requests more distance. Green indicates that the person is comfortable with less distance. Yellow will indicate that you should ask before standing close in conversation.

Finally, please self-monitor and do not attend the conference if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, including sore throat, fever, body ache, etc.
If you need to obtain a COVID test during the meeting you can find information on testing locations here:  http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/ncorona2019/covidtests/how/

Thank you for your consideration of others! We look forward to a safe and exhilarating conference!

BGA 2022: Major Program Update

The BGA 2022 annual meeting will be held in person in Los Angeles, CA from Wednesday June 22 – Saturday June 25.

*** THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUBSTANTIONALLY UPDATED! PLEASE READ IT THROUGH CAREFULLY! *** Click here to open the Final Program for this conference. PLEASE NOTE: If you want a hard copy of this, you will need to print it yourself. There will not be hard copies at the conference.

We have a great lineup and hope to see you in LA!

Please see the Current Meeting page for more details on the venue, registration fees, lodging and transportation options, and things to do in LA while you’re at the conference! Registration is open! To register, follow this link.  

Poster presenters, please see this document for instructions!

Talk presenters, please see this document for instructions!


BGA Elections are Open!

Attention all Members! The link to the ballots for 2021/2022 BGA Executive Committee Election was sent out from this email address: “Behavior Genetics Association <invitations@mail.electionbuddy.com>” on April 1 2022. If you are a member, and did not receive the email, please check your spam filter to rescue the email and cast your votes!

The voting deadline is May 29 2022 12:00pm Pacific Time (US & Canada).

PhD, Nic Waals Institutt, Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital, Oslo, Norway

PhD fellowship to study the epidemiology of childhood self-harm at Nic Waals Institutt, Lovisenberg Diakonale Hospital

We are seeking a talented graduate (Master’s degree or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (e.g., psychology, biology, statistics, epidemiology) wishing to develop strong interdisciplinary skills at the interface of epidemiology, genetics, and children’s mental health. The student will be based at Nic Waals Institute, Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital, Oslo, with academic enrolment at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. The PhD student will be embedded within a team of international, cross-disciplinary researchers, using cutting-edge methods and large cohort data to better understand the emergence and course of mental illness and self-harm from birth to adulthood.

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Post-doc, Nic Waals Institute of Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Postdoctoral research fellowship to study early life origins and impacts of multimorbidity using cohort and registry data from Norway, Denmark, and the UK

We have an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral fellow to join the EMERGENT project for 3 years and address these aims. The fellowship is based at the Nic Waals Institute of Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital in Oslo, working alongside colleagues at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. With access to newly-released genetic and questionnaire data from more than 100,000 children and their parents enrolled in the Norwegian Mother, Father and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), linkage to population-wide health registries, and a network of replication cohorts across multiple countries, the successful applicant will use methods from classical and genetic epidemiology to publish impactful research into how and why multimorbidity emerges early in life, and with what consequences.

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Chair, Department of Kinesiology, Indiana University (USA)

The Indiana University School of Public Health‐Bloomington (SPH‐B) invites applications for the position of Department Chair and Tenured/Tenure Track Professor of Kinesiology. SPH-B welcomes applicants currently holding a tenured associate professorship or full professorship with demonstrable expertise in kinesiology or closely related field. The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized public health scholar with a record of extramurally supported research as a corresponding principal investigator, potential for collaborative leadership and administration, and a clear commitment to undergraduate and graduate education. SPH-B seeks an accomplished, dynamic, energetic, visionary leader who fosters innovation, collaboration, and camaraderie in a highly diverse community of scholars.

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