Does Early Life Inflammation Contribute to the Risk for Developing Psychiatric Conditions?

Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 2:00 pm EDT
Meet the Scientist - June 2022

Infection during pregnancy is associated with children having an increased risk for developing a psychiatric condition later in life, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and depressive disorders. However, what causes this association is unclear. Using animal models we demonstrate how inflammation early in life can lead to long lasting changes in multiple behaviors relevant to psychiatric conditions.

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Presented by 
Galen Missig, Ph.D.
Galen Missig, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, in vivo Pharmacology

Cerevel Therapeutics

2018 Young Investigator Grant

Moderated by 
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

President and CEO

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He has served as the President of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems. Among the many honors to his credit are the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NY State Connie Lieber Award, the American Psychiatric Association Special Presidential Commendation, and the Federation of Organizations Community Mental Health Man of the Year Award.