Our Mission

Our Mission

The Conte Center @ UCI addresses the complex developmental mechanisms contributing to adolescent resilience or vulnerabilities to mental illnesses. It focuses on probing the contribution of early life experience to brain programming that governs resilience and vulnerability during adolescence.

To connect these discoveries and their impact on adolescent cognitive behaviors, UC Irvine’s Conte Center on Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities will combine neurobiological and molecular research with animals, behavioral research with children, and neuroimaging and computational statistical analyses.

The Conte Center’s goal is to create a comprehensive picture of maternal influences, childhood cognitive and emotional development, and brain structure to help identify children who may be vulnerable to adolescent mental health disorders and to help establish more effective treatments.