The Conte Center @ UCI addresses how early-life experiences influence the brain and contribute to vulnerability to mental illnesses starting 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 from caretakers or the environment leave long-lasting marks on the structure and function of the developing brain.
Seed Funding Opportunity. The Conte Center@UCI is soliciting applications for 3-5 grants of up to $30,000 each for innovative research projects focusing on how early-life experiences influence the brain and may thus contribute to vulnerability to mental illness. Full details here
Conte Center @UCI Junior Researcher Sophia Levis receives a highly competitive F30 award. Sophie's grant will allow her to investigate the early-life origins of opioid addiction vulnerability, focusing on the role of early-life adversity. Read more.
Matthew T. Birnie, Postdoctoral researcher and Conte Center @UCI Jr. Researcher publishes paper in Biological Psychiatry. The title is “Plasticity of the Reward Circuitry After Early-Life Adversity: Mechanisms and Significance”... Read more.
Conte Center @UCI Junior Researcher Rachael Hokenson receives the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory’s Roger W. Russell Award. Read more.
Conte Center @UCI Junior Researcher Sophia Levis receives the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory’s Jared M. Roberts Memorial Award. Read more.
April 27, 2021 at 12PM | Catherine Jensen Peña, PhD
Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Topic: Transcriptomic and epigenomic consequences of early life stress
February 9, 2021 at 1PM | Deanna Barch, PhD
Chair, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Radiology
Washington University in St. Louis
Topic: Early adversity, brain development, and risk for mental health across development