The Refugee Mental Health Crisis: Surprising Facts from Neuroscience and Genetics



Turhan Canli, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director, Mind/Brain Center on War and Humanity, Stony Brook University, NY, USA

With the ever-rising number of refugees in Europe and elsewhere, health care system resources in host countries are being strained. How can we prioritize the allocation of resources? To this policy question, cutting edge discoveries from neuroscience and genetics are illuminating. In this talk, Professor Canli, whose research lies as the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, and genetics, discusses recent discoveries from his lab and others' in the context of mind/brain connections. These connections are surprising, powerful, and critical to evidence-based refugee policy-making. This talk is intended for a general audience of non-scientists. 



About the speaker

After completing a Ph.D. in biopsychology at Yale University and a postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive and affective neuroscience at Stanford University, Turhan Canli, joined the faculty of Stony Brook University, where he is now Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Canli is an internationally renowned expert on the biology of personality and individual differences, with research that lies at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience and genetics. His TEDx talk on his theory of depression has been viewed 150.000 times. He is an adviser to the national science funding bodies of the United States, The Netherlands, Germany, UK, and many other nations. His work has been featured by CNN, The New York Times, and many other news organizations. He was elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science in 2010.



Venue: 1.23-1.24, UNU-MERIT, Boschstraat 24, Maastricht

Date: 19 May 2017

Time: 12:00 - 13:00


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