Organizers: Barry M. Lester (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University), Edward Tronick (University of Massachusetts Boston and Children's Hospital Boston), and Eric J. Nestler (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)Presented by The New York Academy of Sciences, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and The University of Massachusetts Boston
Reported by Jessica Ruvinsky, PhD | Posted March 4, 2011
Epigenetic modulation—which biochemically alters DNA and chromosomes, but unlike mutation does not change the DNA sequence—can occur in response to environmental signals and have enduring effects on gene expression. New research is beginning to show that epigenetic mechanisms are active in the brain throughout a lifetime. They may play a role in everything from learning and memory to drug addiction to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism—and some studies suggest the epigenetic marks affecting behavior could be transmitted into future generations.
One of the first conferences to explore the interface between epigenetics and behavior was held October 29–30, 2010, at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Jointly sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences and Brown Alpert Medical School, it brought together developmental psychologists, molecular psychiatrists, neurobiologists, anthropologists, and others to discuss the promise and the challenges of this emerging interdisciplinary approach.
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Presentations available from:
Ted Abel (University of Pennsylvania)
Christopher W. Kuzawa (Northwestern University)
Barry M. Lester (Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University)
Ian Maze (Rockefeller University)
Carmen Marsit (Brown University)
Lisa Monteggia (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)
Eric J. Nestler (Mount Sinai School of Medicine)
David H. Skuse (University College London, UK)
J. David Sweatt (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Marcelo Wood (University of California, Irvine)