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What is CIFAR?
What is CIFAR?

We bring together and give the world’s most brilliant thinkers freedom to cross conventional boundaries and tackle essential research not done by others. Watch this video to learn more.
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What is Advanced Research?
What is Advanced Research?

Our unique research model inspires knowledge breakthroughs, advances Canada’s visionary thinkers and fuels innovation. Watch this video to learn more.
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CIFAR Global Call for Ideas
CIFAR Global Call for Ideas

Do you have a question with the potential to change the world? CIFAR has issued its first-ever call for proposals for new research ideas that address a complex question of importance to humanity.
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International Collaborations in Quantum Materials
International Collaborations in Quantum Materials

How collaborators from three countries achieved a breakthrough quantum materials science


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From Cell to Society

Tribute to Clyde Hertzman

This video tribute to Clyde Hertzman was presented at the From Cell to Society symposium - February 6, 2014. Watch Video


Cell Panel: How do our genes and our environments interact?

The brain on stress: how the social environment "gets under the skin"
Bruce McEwen, The Rockefeller University
Apart from early life experiences, the most potent of stressors are those arising from the social environment that can affect both brain and body.

Gene-environment interplay: biological embedding of experience
CIFAR Weston Fellow and Co-Director Marla Sokolowski, University of Toronto
This presentation showed that not only do we bring genetic predispositions along with us when we are born but our genes also listen to our experience as we develop.

Heterogeneity of experiences and of their effects: Do they matter?
CIFAR Advisory Committee Chair Sir Michael Rutter, King's College London
There is an abundance of evidence that experiences do have biological effects. The challenge is that the effects are quite varied – including epigenetics, the HPA axis, and the structure of the brain.

Cell Panel Question and Answer session
Bruce McEwen, The Rockefeller University, CIFAR Weston Fellow and Co-Director Marla Sokolowski, University of Toronto and CIFAR Advisory Committee Chair Sir Michael Rutter, King's College London
The Cell Panel discusses the question of how our genes and our environments interact and answers questions from the audience.

Experience Panel: What interventions help children thrive?

Leveraging the science of health development: designing systems that help children thrive
Neal Halfon, Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, UCLA
In this talk, Dr. Halfon will highlight how Clyde Hertzman’s work inspired a reconceptualization of health as a developmental process, and how new notions of health development are inspiring different ways of designing, organizing and implementing health services into health developing systems.

The structures and functions of societies which support human health and development
CIFAR Global Scholar Alumna Arjumand Siddiqi, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Interconnected environments, from families and neighbourhoods to global institutions, determine or modify the biological processes which underlie health and human developmental outcomes. Enabling these environments to nurture wellbeing requires broad social policies.

Harvesting findings from population-based longitudinal studies to inform early childhood programs and polices
Michel Boivin, Université Laval
In this presentation, Michel Boivin explains his research using longitudinal studies, which show that prevention should begin early in life for at-risk or low-income children, to avoid cascading effects on health outcomes.

Experience Panel Question and Answer session
Neal Halfon, Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities, UCLA, CIFAR Global Scholar Alumna Arjumand Siddiqi, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Michel Boivin, Université Laval
The Experience Panel discusses what interventions help children thrive and answers questions from the audience.

Society Panel: How do social institutions promote early health and lifetime wellbeing?

Fair Society, Healthy Lives: equity from the start
Sir Michael Marmot, Institute of Health Equity, University College London
Much can be done to improve equity from the start of life if a coherent policy approach is followed that takes into account the social determinants. A key element of this approach is to create the conditions for every child to have a good start in life.

Monitoring accountability of social institutions to young children's development, health and wellbeing
Ziba Vaghri, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), University of British Columbia
In this presentation, Dr. Vaghri shares insights on how the Early Childhood Rights Indicators, a tool developed based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, can be used to monitor the way social institutions are upholding their accountability to young children through the commitments they make and the impact of those commitments on children's health, development and wellbeing.

An economic perspective on investment in early childhood education
Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
Craig Alexander reviews an analysis from a TD Economics report on the benefits of investing in early childhood education, outlining the gains for children, parents, the economy and society.

Society Panel Question and Answer session
Sir Michael Marmot, Institute of Health Equity, University College of London, Ziba Vaghri, Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), University of British Columbia and Craig Alexander, Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, TD Bank Group
The Society Panel discusses how social institutions promote early health and lifetime wellbeing and answers questions from the audience.

From science to action
Keynote: From science to action: Clyde Hertzman’s vision for a more just and generous world

CIFAR Senior fellow and Co-Director Tom Boyce
With a focus on the future, Dr. Boyce offers a fresh view of how policymakers, practitioners and parents could work together to ensure future generations of children the best possible conditions for healthy, useful and fulfilling lives.

Panel 4 Question and Answer session
Maria LeRose, Dalai Lama center for Peace & Education, Michelle Gagnon, Vice President, Norlien Foundation, CIFAR Weston Fellow and Co-Director Marla Sokolowski, University of Toronto and CIFAR Senior fellow and Co-Director Tom Boyce
The Keynote Address panel discusses Clyde Hertzman's legacy and how to carry forward his vision for a more just and generous world.




Building Better Lives & Communities

Panel 1: The Challenges of Group Identity

How Collective Norms Can Produce or Mediate Climates of Conflict Elizabeth Levy Paluck, Princeton University
This presentation describes a recent strategy to map the social network of schools within one American state to understand the spread of social norms, and the capacity for a community to shift its climate.

Boys left behind: causes, consequences and future prospects
Nicole Fortin, University of British Columbia
Why should we care about the new gender imbalance in higher education where women now outnumber men?

Experiencing discrimination: understanding the psychological consequences for victims
Nyla Branscombe, University of Kansas
This presentation discusses how strengthening minority identity and creating a sense of belonging, can help alleviate the harm of experiencing discrimination


Panel 2: The pitfalls of imperfect decision-making

Why personalized assistance can help: the case for improving academic success
Phil Oreopoulos, University of Toronto
Discussed In this presentation is the overlooked importance of personal assistance (or 'hand-holding') from someone trusted and experienced to overcome these obstacles to significantly improve well-being.

Phishing for Phools
Nobel Laureate George Akerlof, University of California at Berkeley
This presentation will show how these insights play out in consumer protection, personal saving and understanding the origins of the current financial crisis.

The psychology of scarcity: Why having too little means so much
Eldar Shafir, Princeton University
Scarcity in various forms, from poverty and scheduling pressures to hunger and loneliness, concentrates the mind, focuses on alleviating pressing shortages and thus reduces the mental bandwidth available to address other important needs.


Panel 3: The power of positive social experience

Why do social networks make us healthy?
Katharine Greenaway, University of Queensland
This presentation shows how other people make us healthy through their capacity to enhance the perception that we are in control of our lives.

Helping and Happiness: Can helping others improve our own well-being?
Lara Aknin, Simon Fraser University
Cutting-edge research demonstrates that giving leads to happiness, not just in North America, but around the world, and not just with adults, but with young children too.

The new psychology of leadership: Why and how leaders need to CARE about group identity
Alexander Haslam, University of Queensland
In contrast to prevailing views, a new perspective encourages us to see leadership as a group process that centres on leaders working with group members to create, advance, represent and embed a shared sense of 'us' that is capable of motivating and directing their followership.



The truth about happiness
Keynote: The truth about happiness

Dr. Helliwell discusses the newest release of the World Happiness Report and reveals six primary factors that drive life satisfaction and provides a country comparison on how well citizens evaluate their well-being.




Next Big Question Q&A


How do you think most people would answer the question Who am I?
How do you think most people would answer the question, "Who am I?"

Irene Bloemraad, Alex Haslam and Clyde Hertzman share their perspectives on how people identify themselves in different ways.



How has your research affected your understanding of your own identity?
How has your research affected your understanding of your own identity?

Alex Haslam, Clyde Hertzman (1953 to 2013) and Irene Bloemraad speak about how their research has affected their own responses to the question, "Who are you?"




Is there one thing in your research area that you would like to have an answer for?
Is there one thing in your research area that you would like to have an answer for?

Clyde Hertzman, Irene Bloemraad and Alex Haslam tell us what big questions they hope to answer in the future.



How much freedom do people have to choose the groups they belong to?
How much freedom do people have to choose the groups they belong to?

Alex Haslam, a social psychologist and Senior Fellow in our Social Interactions Identity & Well-Being program, answers this Next Big Question.

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How does 'global citizenship' play a role in our identity?
How does 'global citizenship' play a role in our identity?

Irene Bloemraad, an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Fellow in our Social Interactions Identity & Well-Being program, answers this Next Big Question.

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What are the latest brain studies revealing that will be empowering for individuals?
What are the latest brain studies revealing that will be empowering for individuals?

Clyde Hertzman (1953 to 2013), epidemiologist and Senior Fellow in our Successful Societies program and our Experience-based Brain & Biological Development program, answers this Next Big Question.

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Technology allows people to live with less social interaction. What are the effects of this reality?
Technology allows people to live with less social interaction. What are the effects of this reality?

Alex Haslam, a social psychologist and Senior Fellow in our Social Interactions Identity & Well-Being program, answers this Next Big Question.

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Do you have any insights into the increasing prevalence of dual nationality?
Do you have any insights into the increasing prevalence of dual nationality?

Irene Bloemraad, an Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley and a Fellow in our Social Interactions Identity & Well-Being program, answers this Next Big Question.

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Why is your approach to identity not more influential?
Why is your approach to identity not more influential?

Alex Haslam, a social psychologist and Senior Fellow in our Social Interactions Identity & Well-Being program, answers this Next Big Question.

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Podcasts

A message from the Chair - David Dodge
A message from the Chair - David Dodge

Listen to David Dodge, CIFAR Board Chair’s remarks from CIFAR’s November 9, 2010 Annual Fall Dinner when he began his role as Chair.

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CBC Ideas
CBC Ideas

The CBC radio show IDEAS partnered with CIFAR for the Next Big Question 2010 series. On September 28th and October 5th 2010, IDEAS aired shows recorded at Next Big Question events in Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto.

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