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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 207
Title: SBE 2020: Quantitative Convergence of Lifespan Development, Neuroimaging, and Genetic Epidemiology
Lead Author: Boker, Steven M.
Abstract: This white paper discusses the potential benefits of the interdisciplinary convergence of three areas: lifespan developmental psychology; neuroimaging and neurophysiology; and genetic epidemiology. This three--discipline convergence is likely to occur within the next 10 years due to shared interests of the three areas each of which have come to understand that their own future progress is limited by the need for the other two. One main interface at which these disciplines are communicating is through recent developments in intensive time series which are needed in each area and which affect the rate of discovery in each. The benefits of convergence are large: for instance, improvements in diagnosis and delivery of personalized medicine hinge on advances that require the coordinated effort of these three areas. However, funding mechanisms for three--discipline projects and centers is very limited. This white paper proposes that the National Science Foundation create initiatives that will speed the synthesis of theory, methodology, and results from genetic epidemiology and functional neuroimaging over the course of the human lifespan. The proposed synthesis poses difficult challenges, but the rewards are great.
PDF: Boker_Steven_207.pdf

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