This is Your Brain on Poverty: Neuroscience, Ethics and Early Childhood Deprivation

Milwaukee, WI US
June 13, 2019

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin is sponsoring a day-long conference exploring the link between neuroscience and early childhood deprivation, and the associated ethical issues. Poverty is one of the major factors contributing to disparities in early child development, and in the US, poverty affects one in five children. This conference is intended to facilitate a dialogue on the issue of neuroscience of poverty and explore the clinical, ethical, social, and policy implications related to the effects of adversity on the brains of children. The conference features keynote presentations by Martha Farah, PhD, Director of the Center for Neurosciences and Society at the University of Pennsylvania, and Fatimah Loren Muhammad, Executive Director of the National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs. Speakers from the Medical College of Wisconsin include Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA (Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities); David Nelson, PhD, MS (Family Medicine); and, Jennifer Koop, PhD, ABPP (Neurology and Neurosurgery). Additional support for this conference comes from the Institute for Health & Equity and the Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Target Audience


Allied Health Professionals

Social Workers


Learning Objectives

1.  Understand how socioeconomic status impacts neurological and behavioral development in children.

2.  Examine how neuroethics can help develop strategies to address the effects of childhood adversity.

3.  Outline the mental health needs and challenges of children confronted with community violence and poverty.

Additional information
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Diane Kramer
Phone Number: 
+1 (414) 955-8498
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/13/2019 - 8:00am CDT
Event ends: 
06/13/2019 - 3:30pm CDT
8:00 amCheck -in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 amWelcome – Arthur Derse, MD, JD and Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA
8:45 amImpact of Socioeconomic & Experiential Disparities-Jennifer Koop, PhD
9:45 amBreak
10:00 amChildhood Poverty & Brain Development-Martha Farah, PhD
11:00 amPoverty, Child Brain Development & Educational Achievement Gap-Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA
12:00 noonLunch
12:45 pmLaddershock: The Wealth Gap, Trauma & Violence-Fatimah Loren Muhammad
1:45 pmThe Realities of Poverty Housing & Food Status-David Nelson, PhD, MS
2:45 pmPanel Discussion: Moderated by Fabrice Jotterand, PhD, MA
3:30 pmConcluding Remarks and Adjournment


Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Alumni Center
Milwaukee, WI 53226
United States
+1 (414) 955-8498

Fabrice Jotterand, PhD - Planner and Presenter

Cynthiane J. Morgenweck, MD, MA - Planner

Jennifer Koop, PhD, ABPP - Presenter

Martha J. Farah, PhD - Presenter

Fatimah Loren Muhammad, Executive Director, National Network of Hospital Based Violence Intervention Programs

David Nelson, PhD, MS


All persons in control of content have NO relevant financial relationships to disclose.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 6.0  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Hours of Participation for Allied Health Care Professionals
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this activity for up to 6.0 hours of participation for continuing education for allied health professionals. 


Available Credit

  • 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
    AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 6.00 Hours of Participation
    Hours of Participation credit.


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Registration fees include: course materials, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments.

Course credits are an additional $25.

Registration Type:Amount:
Regular registration     $100.00
MECN Members & MCW affiliated hospital staff/employees     $ 80.00
MCW medical & graduate studentsComplementary*
CE credit     $  25.00

*This conference is free of charge for current MCW medical and graduate students, however on-line registration is required. To receive your complementary registration please contact Diane Kramer prior to registering on-line or 414-955-8498.

The billing address entered upon check out must match the address associated with the credit card used or your credit card will be declined.

Please note: A $4.00 non-refundable processing fee is assessed on  all registrations.

Refunds: Registration and CE credit fee refunds will be provided if requested prior to 12:00 noon on June 10, 2019. Submit refund requests to Diane Kramer at