Epigenetics and Social Science Network Meeting

20th June 2017, St Thomas Hospital, London

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Each Epigenetics funded project were represented in London in June at the meeting with speakers focusing on project progress update and overview of emerging findings and outputs. It was a glorious sunny day at St Thomas' Hospital in the centre of London. Dr Jordana Bell hosted the event.

All eight projects in the network presented their work so far:

  1. Epigenetic trajectories of biological response to adolescent psychosocial stress: A novel longitudinal study of discordant monozygotic twins (Chloe Wong)
  2. EpiFASSTT: Epigenetic effects on children's psychosocial development in a randomised trial of folic acid supplementation in second and third trimester (Colum Walsh)
  3. Epigenetic responses to social and environmental cues in early life and over the life course: impact on healthy ageing in UK population-based cohorts (Jordana Bell)
  4. Interstela: Interpreting epigenetic signatures in studies of early life adversity (Caroline Relton)
  5. Epigenetic stability in a stressful environment and its effects on reproductive function (Reinhard Stoger)
  6. Imprinting methylation; early life influences and later cognition and mood (Marlene Lorgan)
  7. E4: Epigenetics: Environment, Embodiment and Equality (Caroline Relton)
  8. EpiStressNet: A biosocial systems approach to understanding the epigenetic embedding of social stress responses (Vincent Cunliffe)

Professor Chris Power also attended the meeting who highlighted other projects sponsored by ESRC and BBSRC, in particular 'Reversibility network on later life interventions to reverse effects of early life adversity'

Future work of the eight ESRC/BBSRC projects:

Several events and workshops are in the process of being planned for the future and there was promising discussion about how the network can work jointly on some of these events.