In Brief

Behavioral and social influences and their impact on health and disease outcomes were the topics of a congressional briefing, "Promoting Health in a Stressful World," held Feb. 20.

The event was sponsored by Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.) and the Coalition for the Advancement of Health Through Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. Speakers focused on how stress affects health, how social relationships help to reduce stress and how coping and resiliency follow traumatic life events.

The seminar featured Neil Schneiderman, PhD, professor of psychology, medicine and psychiatry and director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at the University of Miami; Christine Bachrach, PhD, chief of the Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development; and Curtis McMillen, PhD, associate professor of social work and associate director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University.

The seminar was moderated by Raynard Kington, MD, PhD, director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, and acting director of the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

--J. RICKER