Epigenetics and Stress Network

Investigating how social stress gets ‘under the skin’.

We aim to understand the pathways and mechanisms involved in the transformation of life experiences into epigenetic signatures and to understand the functional relevance of these signatures for gene expression, health and behaviour across the life course

Dr Vincent Cunliffe

The main aim of the network, which is led by Vincent Cunliffe, and co-ordinated by John-Paul Ashton is to develop an interdisciplinary approach to this topic, which integrates:

(a) experimental research in model organisms with
(b) human epidemiological research on the social determinants of health,
(c) social science to identify and map the sources and impacts of psychosocial stress, and
(d) conceptual research which explores the social, ethical and philosophical implications of the empirical and hypothesis-driven work.

Network members met in March to discuss their areas of expertise in developmental biology, behavioural ecology, neurobiology, epidemiology, public health and social sciences, and how they fit into context with the network aims and objectives. All members will be meeting again in Glasgow on December 1st, to progress the network and solidify plans for future network goals.

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