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Town & Gown of USC 
University of Southern California
665 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

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Parking is available for $10 in Parking Structure 2 (PS2), located on Figueroa Street directly across from the main campus. The summit will be held at Town & Gown (circled in red in map above), a short walk from the parking structure.

If possible, we recommend taking public transportation. Town & Gown is conveniently located near the Metro Expo Line. Exit at the Expo Park/USC Station.



USC Military Research Centers Summit: Closing the Gap 

Please join us on Friday, Feb. 6 for a full-day global summit with leading scientists and policymakers to discuss the critical and emerging issues facing service members, veterans and their families.

“Closing the Gap: Planning the Research Agenda for the Next Decade" is the inaugural USC military research centers summit that will convene the expertise of national and international universities and centers.

Panel discussions will cover the following topics:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Transition
  • Suicide & Violence
  • Physical Health & Disability
  • Families

We look forward to seeing you for this important event.

February 6, 2014

Planning the Research Agenda for the Next Decade
to Address the Needs of Service Members, Veterans and their Families

8:00 am Check-in & Breakfast

8:45 am Welcome & Overview

9:00 am Panel: Transition
Carl Castro - USC School of Social Work, CIR
Matt Fossey - Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
Jamie Hacker Hughes - Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom
J. Michael Haynie - Syracuse University, Institute for Veterans and Military Families
GEN Peter Chiarelli, US Army (Ret), One Mind 

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Panel: Physical Functioning
Ronald Poropatich - University of Pittsburg, Center for Military Medicine Research
Jo Sornberger - University of California, Los Angeles, Operation Mend - FOCUS
Terri Tanielian - RAND
Sherrie Wilcox - USC School of Social Work, CIR

11:45 am Lunch

12:45 pm Panel: Suicide & Violence
Craig Bryan - University of Utah, National Center for Veterans Studies
Thomas Joiner - Florida State University
Casey Taft - Boston University School of Medicine, National Center for PTSD

2: 00 pm Panel: Military Families
Ron Avi Astor - USC School of Social Work
Rami Benbenishty - Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Brian Leidy - Cornell University
Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth - Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
Daniel Perkins - Pennsylvania State University
Nicola Fear - King's College London 

3:15 pm Break

3:30 pm Panel: Behavioral Health
Eyal Fruchter - Israel Defense Forces
Leslie Morland - University of California, San Diego 
Alan Peterson - University of Texas, San Antonio
Gary Wynn, M.D. - Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences

4:45 pm Closing Remarks

The summit is funded by

Dr. Kathleen Ell
USC Ernest P. Larson Professor
of Health, Ethnicity, and Poverty