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2023 BRAD Webinar: Understanding and Countering Life-Changing Childhood Trauma via Nonhuman Animal Research
Join us for the BRAD 2023 webinar sponsored by Tecniplast on April 20, 2023 at 12:00 PM ET!

Presenter: Tania Roth, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
University of Delaware

Studies in nonhuman animals provide vital information that helps us understand how early-life experiences can significantly affect development and lifelong health. Thanks to such efforts, we now know that environmental and experiential factors, including aversive caregiving environments and heightened stress, leave damaging, lifelong marks on our genetic makeup (DNA). In this talk, Dr. Roth will highlight some of this work, as well as data demonstrating that these genetic changes that occur early in life can be repaired. Altogether, this research helps us understand the brain’s capacity to change as a result of our experiences. It reveals some of the mechanisms driving the development of behavior and identifies important strategies for assisting individuals who have endured extreme stress in their early lifetimes. This research also serves to guide public policy decisions that seek to help current and future generations.

NEW FOR BRAD 2023: Rat tickling has taken the animal research world by storm with its ability to mitigate stress and anxiety in the research setting and improve the human-animal interaction. New this year, the BRAD webinar will feature a live rat tickling demo by a Certified Rat Tickler, as well as a glimpse into a rat vivarium at Alexion Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca’s Rare Disease Unit. Megan Gerhardt will get up close and personal as she highlights the enrichment and care provided to these small but critical animal research heroes.

Apr 20, 2023 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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