Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

The CSDE Biomarker Working Group Will Discuss Stress and Allostatic Load Tomorrow

Posted: 3/4/2019 ()

The next CSDE Biomarker Working Group meeting will be on Wednesday, March 6, 2:30-3:30 PM, in 114 Raitt Hall. We’ll discuss a recent review article relevant to recurring topics of discussion for our group: stress and allostatic load. This discussion was originally scheduled for 2/13, but was postponed due to snow.

This article contrasts the allostatic load model, in which coping with stress has a long-term physical health cost, with the authors’ Adaptive Calibration Model, in which the stress response is an adaptive response with costs and benefits. We’ll use this article as a starting point to talk about how varying models of stress and its role in health may translate into practical approaches to biomarker measures of stress and health outcomes. This will be an informal discussion (with a brief overview of the article and the issues it raises for those who haven’t read it) and all are welcome.

The purpose of the CSDE Biomarker Working Group is to provide a forum for discussions of practical and theoretical issues associated with collecting and using biomarker data in social and behavioral science research. We hope to provide an opportunity for faculty and students with an interest in biomarker methods to meet researchers with similar interests from departments across campus. Please feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues.  Those who would like to receive regular meeting announcements by email may subscribe to the mailing list here. If you are interested in joining meetings via video conferencing, please RSVP to Ellie (ebrindle@uw.edu) before each session to receive instructions.

Full citation: Developmental Adaptation to Stress: An Evolutionary Perspective. Bruce J Ellis and Marco Del Giudice Annu Rev Psychol. 2019;70: 111-139

Date: 03/06/2019

Time: 2:30-3:30 PM

Location: 114 Raitt Hall