This proposal requests five years of funding to support the continuation of the conference entitled Integrating Genetics and the Social Sciences (IGSS) which has been held annually at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 2010-2012. This two day conference will showcase new empirical work on gene-environment interplay among social scientists and will strive to define the contours of this new and exciting area. The 2010 conference was supported by the Population Association of America, the NICHD funded University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC), and the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado. The 2011 and 2012 meetings were supported by an R13 (R13 HD066811) and in this new submission, support is being sought to continue this conference for the next five years. As with the previous grant, the goals of this proposal are: (1) to provide a venue for the leaders in the area of gene-environment interplay to share their theoretical, methodological, and substantive knowledge with one another;(2) to produce new and interdisciplinary publications in the area of gene-environment interplay;and (3) to identify new issues that are, to date, understudied in this area. An important addition to this proposal is the inclusion of a one-day workshop on the current methods in statistical genetics provided by leaders in the area.

Public Health Relevance

The conference has a substantive focus on health, health behaviors, morbidity, and mortality. This conference will bridge genetic and social epidemiology to provide new insights into long standing public health issues. We anticipate a section of the conference to be dedicated to the policy implications of this work.

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King, Rosalind B
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Domingue, Benjamin W; Wedow, Robbee; Conley, Dalton et al. (2016) Genome-Wide Estimates of Heritability for Social Demographic Outcomes. Biodemography Soc Biol 62:1-18
Boardman, Jason D; Fletcher, Jason M (2015) To cause or not to cause? That is the question, but identical twins might not have all of the answers. Soc Sci Med 127:198-200
Boardman, Jason D; Domingue, Benjamin W; Daw, Jonathan (2015) What can genes tell us about the relationship between education and health? Soc Sci Med 127:171-80
Mollborn, Stefanie; Domingue, Benjamin W; Boardman, Jason D (2014) Norms as Group-Level Constructs: Investigating School-Level Teen Pregnancy Norms and Behaviors. Soc Forces 93:241-267
Boardman, Jason D; Menard, Scott; Roettger, Michael E et al. (2014) Genes in the dopaminergic system and delinquent behaviors across the life course: the role of social controls and risks. Crim Justice Behav 41:713-731
Fletcher, Jason M; Boardman, Jason D (2013) Integrating work from genetics and the social sciences: an introduction. Biodemography Soc Biol 59:1-3
Boardman, Jason D; Barnes, Lisa L; Wilson, Robert S et al. (2012) Social disorder, APOE-E4 genotype, and change in cognitive function among older adults living in Chicago. Soc Sci Med 74:1584-90
Boardman, Jason D; Alexander, Kari B; Stallings, Michael C (2011) Stressful life events and depression among adolescent twin pairs. Biodemography Soc Biol 57:53-66
Boardman, Jason D; Blalock, Casey L; Pampel, Fred C et al. (2011) Population composition, public policy, and the genetics of smoking. Demography 48:1517-33
Boardman, Jason D; Alexander, Kari B (2011) Stress trajectories, health behaviors, and the mental health of black and white young adults. Soc Sci Med 72:1659-66

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