The Conte Center @ UCI addresses how early-life experiences influence the brain and contribute to vulnerability to mental illnesses during adolescence. Our research focuses on probing how patterns of sensory signals originating in the mother/parent early in life influence the maturation of brain cells and circuits that govern complex behaviors. We test if fragmented and unpredictable signals created by chaotic environments – or perhaps even frequent smartphone use – leave long-lasting marks on the structure and function of the developing brain.

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Upcoming Seminars & Events

Uma Rao, PhD, University of California – Irvine, will present on September 13, 2017.

Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, will present on October 17, 2017.

Catherine Monk, PhD, Columbia University, will present on February 2, 2018.

Nim Tottenham, PhD, Columbia University, will present on March 6, 2018.

Past Seminars & Events

Charles A. Nelson, PhD Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School presented The Effects of Early Psychosocial Deprivation on Brain-Behavioral Development. – May 9, 2017.

Ted Abel, PhD, presented Molecular Mechanisms of Memory Storage: Sleep, epigenetics and neurodevelopmental disorders. – March 7, 2017.

Benjamin L. Hankin, PhD, presented Understanding development of depression: A choose your own adventure story. – February 21, 2017

Stafford Lightman, MBBChir, PhD, FRCP, presented Why Our Stress System Has Rhythm. – January 17, 2017

Olaf Sporns, PhD, presented Computational Connectomics: From Networks to Brain Dynamics. – November 1, 2016

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