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Retrospective Recall and Prospective Observations of Childhood Adversity: Challenges and Opportunities in Their Use in Aging Research

The Reversibility Network, funded by the National Institute on Aging, held its fifth meeting on November 1-2, 2016 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting brought together researchers whose work covers the spectrum of development from infancy through late life to discuss the use of retrospective and prospective measures of early life adversity. The meeting included discussions of 1) associations between adversity and health outcomes in retrospectively and prospectively assessed cohorts; 2) improving identification in adulthood of cohorts identified prospectively in childhood; and 3) the relationship of early adversity to the course of illness and response to treatment: special problems for ascertainment. A meeting summary (PDF, 1.1MB) is available.