Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fletcher to speak on cognitive development, gene-environment interactions

Jason Fletcher Jason Fletcher

Understanding cognitive development through gene-environment interactions is the topic of a seminar to be presented by professor Jason Fletcher at 4 p.m. Friday, December 12, in the Biotechnology Auditorium which is Room 1111 of the Genetics and Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall.

Fletcher will describe how integrating genetics and social science theories, data and methods has offered novel findings for understanding many important social and biological processes. He will discuss two studies that further uncover heterogeneity in cognitive development trajectories by examining gene-environment interactions to two important exposures over the life course — in utero nutrition and educational attainment — relevant for cognitive outcomes.

His talk is the semester's last Neuroscience and Public Policy Seminar. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the center's atrium.