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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Leveraging the science of health development: designing systems that help children thrive

by CIFAR
Nov 20 / 14
In this talk, Neal Halfon (UCLA) highlights 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.

This life course focused health development orientation is especially important for children’s health and well-being, and the kinds of health and social scaffolding that is necessary to optimize child outcomes that help children thrive.

A presentation at CIFAR's From Cell to Society symposium Feb. 6, 2014.