BBSRC-ESRC Epigenetics Launch Meeting

Kick-off meeting for 8 new projects in December 2015 

On the 9th December 2015, biologists, epidemiologists, public health researchers and social scientists came together at the M-Shed in Bristol to share information on the aims and objectives of the 8 new projects funded by the ESCR/BBSRC Initiative in Epigenetics.

Projects described:

  1. Epigenetic trajectories of biological response to adolescent psychosocial stress: A novel longitudinal study of discordant monozygotic twins. Speaker: Dr Chloe Wong
  2. EpiFASSTT: Epigenetic effects on children's psychosocial development in a randomised trial of Folic Acid Supplementation in Second and Third Trimester. Speaker: Professor Colum Walsh
  3. Imprinting methylation; early life influences and later cognition and mood. Speaker: Professor Paul Haggarty
  4. Epigenetic responses to social and environmental cues in early life and over the life course: impact on healthy ageing in UK population-based cohorts. Speaker: Professor Jordana Bell
  5. Epigenetic stability in a stressful environment and its effects on reproductive function. Speaker: Professor Gillian Bentley
  6. EpiStressNet: A biosocial systems approach to understanding the epigenetic embedding of social stress responses. Speaker: Dr Vincent Cunliffe
  7. InterStELA - INTERpreting epigenetic signatures in STudies of Early Life Adversity. Speaker: Dr Laura Howe
  8. Epigenetics: Environment, Embodiment and Equality (E4). Speaker: Professor Caroline Relton

The joint leaders of this initiative from BBSRC and ESRC, Professor John Mathers and Professor John Hobcraft, also attended the meeting and shared their perspectives on how these new projects could help to catalyse the development of epigenetics-based biosocial research within the Uk.