Prenatal Exposures and Experiences: Impact on Children’s Early Brain Development and Risk for Disease

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 2:00 pm EST
Meet the Scientist - January 2022

In the last decades, the idea that the exposures and experiences that take place during pregnancy might have long term impacts on the developing child has gained a lot of attention. Increasingly, we are understanding how maternal health in pregnancy could impact the developing fetus’ brain, potentially predicting risk for childhood developmental disorders, like attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. In this talk, Dr. Lugo-Candelas will present her work on maternal health in pregnancy and its impact on children’s early brain development.

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Presented by 
Claudia Lugo-Candelas, Ph.D.
Claudia Lugo-Candelas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Psychology

Columbia University Medical Center/New York State Psychiatric Institute

2019 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.