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Expert Meeting on Pathways and Mechanisms Linking Behavioral and Social Factors to Health

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) commissioned the National Academies Board on Behavioral, Cognitive and Sensory Sciences to convene  an expert meeting to advise NIA on the most promising avenues for research to illuminate the pathways by which social, psychological, economic, and behavioral factors affect health in midlife and at older ages. Discussion focused on potential strategies for pooling and integrating existing longitudinal data, analytic techniques and intervention designs that permit causal analysis, exploring short-term processes as a window on long-term pathways, and the potential of genetically informed designs and approaches from the neurosciences to advance analysis of pathways. A meeting agenda (PDF, 52K) and summary report (PDF, 587K) are available.  Speaker biographies (PDF, 78K) are also available.