Date & time
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Developmental Origins of Health and Development (DOHaD) hypothesis suggests that the maternal environment during pregnancy can have long-lasting programming effects on the unborn child by altering the development of fetal organs and epigenetic profiles. There are, however, ethical and methodological challenges to studying stress during pregnancy. In this talk, Dr. King will describe her study of women who were pregnant during the 1998 Quebec ice storm, and the cognitive, behavioral, physical and motor development of their children.
Project Ice Storm has been funded by CIHR.
Suzanne King, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University as well as a principle investigator at the McGill-affiliated Douglas Mental Health University Institute, both in Montreal. After graduate training in psychology and educational research in Virginia, she conducted post-doctoral research at the Douglas, studying the family dynamics of people with schizophrenia. Her results led to the study of risk factors for mental illness, and then of prenatal maternal stress in particular. She is currently running five studies of children exposed to natural disasters in utero in order to understand the nature and mechanisms of effects of prenatal stress.
This website describes all 5 of Dr. King’s prenatal stress studies from natural disasters, including lists of publications.
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