We can’t wait for #Flux2023! To help us prepare for the conference, we are fortunate that many of our amazing speakers provided us with some details about upcoming presentations. One symposium, led by Silvia Bunge and Simona Ghetti, is below. We have many other posts on the way, so please keep an eye out on our blog for more symposia previews! Share your excitement for these symposia using #Flux2023 on social media!


Friday, September 8th, 9:00am – 10:15am

Silvia Bunge, University of California, Berkeley
Simona Ghetti, University of California, Davis

Keanan Joyner, University of California, Berkeley
Trial-level dynamics of event-related potentials reveal unique patterns of risk for externalizing and substance misuse
Camelia Hostinar, University of California, Davis
Stress phenotypes and risk for psychopathology
Monica Ellwood-Lowe, University of California, Berkeley
Risk, resilience, and adaptation among children in poverty in the ABCD sample: The role of brain network associations
Nicholas Christopher-Hayes, University of California, Davis
Neurocognitive risk and chronic disease: The case of childhood asthma

Written by Silvia Bunge

Vulnerability and resilience in brain development

This symposium explores various risk factors, both genetic and environmental, that can negatively impact children's neural and behavioral development. Speakers will grapple with the question of why some children are more vulnerable to external risk factors than others. Keanan Joyner from UC Berkeley will kick us off by discussing ERP signatures of risk for externalizing behaviors and substance misuse. Next, Camelia Hostinar from UC Davis will outline various stress phenotypes and risk for psychopathology. After that, Monica Ellwood-Lowe, working with Silvia Bunge, will show different neural signatures of cognitive, academic, and health outcomes in children above and below poverty. Finally, Nicholas Christopher-Hayes, working with Simona Ghetti, will discuss neurocognitive risk and chronic disease in the context of childhood asthma.

All the speakers are "local" in the sense that UC Berkeley and Davis are both located within a 2-hour drive of Santa Rosa. (By European standards, that wouldn't be considered local, but California's a big place!) We want to thank the sponsors at UC Davis and UC Berkeley who, among others, helped make this conference possible. We're excited to welcome you to wine country, and hope you'll have a chance to explore other areas while you're here. If you flag down any one of us to ask about our favorite places, we could go on and on...