EpiStressNet Kick-Off

The Ridge, Ranmoor Village

Thursday, 3rd March 2016

 The kick-off meeting for EpiStressNet was held on Thursday 3rd March 2016, at the Ridge on the Ranmoor campus of the University of Sheffield, and attended by a diverse range of researchers with expertise in animal models, social science, epidemiology and public health. 

Short talks and discussions focused on the following themes:

Theme 1: Social determinants of health and wellbeing, the interplays between psychosocial and material factors and the role of the human epigenome as mediator and measure of acquired chronic disease risk.

Theme 2: Use of model organisms to elucidate the processes underlying biological embedding of behavioral and other disorders, including impacts of psychosocial stress on the epigenome.

Theme 3: Impacts of epigenetic on society, and implications for social theory and public policy.

Professor Harry Burns (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow) gave an opening seminar on Social Circumstances and Health, based his extensive, ground-breaking research on understanding the links between social and health inequalities in Scotland. Professor Isabelle Mansuy (ETH, Zurich) gave a keynote lecture on the molecular mechanisms underpinning transgenerational inheritance of the impacts of trauma in early life.