What is NEAR Science?

NEAR Science stands for Neurobiology, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience research.  NEAR Science represents a paradigm shift in human understanding of individual and societal health and wellbeing.


Neuroscience is the study of how the brain and nervous system adapt based on our lived experience.

Research about how life experiences, including those of our ancestors, affect a person’s genes. Epigenetics adaptation helps a species survive. This field is a hopeful one, demonstrating that how we relate to one another can lay a path for future generations.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
The Adverse Childhood Experiences study showed the effects of childhood trauma on a person’s biology and behavior. This can include long-term health and social problems affecting individuals, families, and communities.

Resilience is the idea that a person can heal and grow after difficult life events. Resilience includes individuals’ inherent strengths and nurtured capacities as well as the resources and supports of their families, communities, and cultures.


To learn more about NEAR Sciences, view our resource list by topic.

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