Children’s Right to Thrive: The Promise and Barriers to Putting Science into Action

In this community-focused talk, Sharon and Craig Ramey will use examples from their own research program to review the remarkable advances in understanding the early course of human development. They will argue that more is known scientifically than is being put into practice. They will also make the case that Virginia—and Roanoke, in particular—can become a national focal point for the integration of science and practice in health, education, and well-being, with anticipated benefits to children, families, and society. Major barriers must be overcome, however, before those benefits can be realized.