Keynotes speakers

The LHRS Conference 2018 is very pleased to introduce the keynote lectures of:

Title: DNA methylation as a mediator in the link between early adversity and child and adolescent psychopathology

Dr Edward D. Barker, King’s College London, UK

Edward D. Barker is a Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. His research focused on how stressful environments exacerbate underlying (epi)genetic vulnerabilities to affect children’s development. He is particularly interested in the impact of psychopathology in caregivers (and associated risks) on children’s antisocial behaviour, and the relative role of prenatal and postnatal risk exposures. Dr Barker’s studies have been published in numerous leading interdisciplinary journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Child Development and Development and Psychopathology. He is currently interested in examining neural correlates of adversity-related chronic low-grade inflammation, and how these correlates associate with child and adolescent mental health problems.

 

Title : Reframing autism as a behavioral syndrome

Pr David Cohen, GH Pitié-Salpétrière/UPMC, Paris, France

David Cohen is Professor at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie, head of the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at La Salpêtrière hospital, and member of Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et Robotiques in Paris. His group runs research programs in the field of pervasive developmental disorder (autism) and learning disabilities, childhood onset schizophrenia, catatonia and severe mood disorder. He supports a developmental and plastic view of child psychopathology. His team proposes a multidisciplinary approach and collaborates with molecular biologist, experimental psychologist, sociologist and engineer. He has published more than 100 research papers including some in high impact journals (see http://speapsl.aphp.fr).

 

Title: Early life adversity and lifelong mental health: is there a direct line from womb to gloom?

Dr Ian Colman, University of Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Ian Colman is the Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Epidemiology and is an Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health, & Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Colman’s research lab investigates factors associated with depression, anxiety, and suicidal behaviour, with a particular interest in understanding mental health from a life-course perspective. Dr. Colman has authored 100 papers in journals such as the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

 

Title: The EDEN Mother-Child cohort : a French study on early determinants of child health and development

Dr Barbara Heude, INSERM, Villejuif, France

Barbara Heude is a Research Scientist in Epidemiology in the “Early Origins of Child Health and Development” team in the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) UMR 1153 Research Centre for Epidemiology and Statistics, Paris, France.

Since her PhD when she investigated determinants of childhood obesity, she has been more and more interested in very early determinants of obesity, and more generally of early growth and development. She also acquired experience in genetic epidemiology during a 1-year post doc fellowship in the MRC Epidemiology Unit in Cambridge (UK), working in various studies like the ALSPAC or the EPIC studies. Back in France, she could lead her project of studying maternal nutritional status as a determinant of pregnancy outcomes and offspring health, thanks to the data collected in the EDEN Mother-child cohort, that she has been coordinating since 2010. Also very interested in infancy and childhood growth, she has been coordinating the “physical growth and puberty” working group of the Elfe mother-child cohort study that started in 2011. She is involved in many European projects, and especially international collaborations on genetic or epigenetic determinants of early growth and development. Barbara Heude has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles related to obesity, pregnancy, child growth and development, nutrition, metabolism, and genetics.

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