1st Annual Summit on Gun-Violence Research and Policy Announced

The peer-reviewed journal Violence and Gender announces the launch of the 1st Annual Summit on Gun-Violence Research and Policy. The invitation-only Summit, chaired by Editor-in-Chief Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD, will be hosted by the Journal and held in Washington, DC in May.

With the agreement reached by Congress that would allow CDC and NIH to fund gun-violence research for the first time in more than 20 years, the Journal is poised to showcase this research so that policy will be guided by solid scientific evidence. Approximately 40,000 people die from gun violence in the United States each year, constituting an urgent public health crisis.

“We’ve lost 20 years of valuable research on gun violence because of the lack of government funding, and during these past two decades this violence has become epidemic,” said Dr. O’Toole, Forensic Behavioral Consultant and Senior FBI Profiler/Supervisory Special Agent (ret.) as well as the Director of the Forensic Sciences Program at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA). “But now with the right research, the best experts, the multidisciplinary answers, and the most comprehensive preventions, I believe strongly that we can turn things around. But we cannot waste one more minute. Epidemics will wait for no man, so man must end them!”

The proceedings of the Summit will be rapidly published with national and global distribution to researchers, healthcare providers, and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. The Summit will conclude with recommendations and provide a baseline for documentation and follow-up.

“We cannot ignore this issue any longer,” says Mary Ann Liebert, publisher of Violence and Gender and founder and CEO of the company that bears her name. “It is critical to everyone today and is going to be one of the biggest drivers of results of the upcoming election.”

About the Journal

Violence and Gender is the only peer-reviewed journal focusing on the understanding, prediction, and prevention of acts of violence. Through research papers, roundtable discussions, case studies, and other original content, the Journal critically examines biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic, and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Led by Editor-in-Chief Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD, Forensic Behavioral Consultant and Senior FBI Profiler/Criminal Investigative Analyst (ret.), Violence and Gender explores the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence. Violence and Gender is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print, and is the official journal of The Avielle Foundation. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed on the Violence and Gender website.

About the Publisher

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative medical and biomedical peer-reviewed journals, including Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking and Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. Its biotechnology trade magazine, GEN (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s more than 80 journals, newsmagazines, and books is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.

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