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.

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD
Director

Conte Center@UCI Junior Researcher, Jessica Bolton, PhD, receives an NIMH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Grant.  The project title is "Defining the role of Microglia in the Synaptic Rewiring of the Hypothalamus by Early Life Adversity".  This is a very prestigious and competitive award.  Congratulations, Jessica!

 

Conte Center@UCI awarded five-year, $15 million Silvio O. Conte Center grant.  Read more here

 

In Finland, too, unpredictable maternal signals to the infant impact cognitive development!  A collaborative study between the Conte Center@UCI and the FinnBrain Institute in Turku, Finland shows remarkably similar effects of patterns of maternal signals on infant emotional regulation.  Read more here.

 

Conte Center@UCI Junior Researcher, Jessica Bolton, PhD, receives K99 "Pathway to Independence" grant.  The project title is "Defining the role of Microglia in the Synaptic Rewiring of the Hypothalamus by Early Life Adversity".  This is a very prestigious and competitive award.  Congratulations, Jessica!

 

Good News About a Breakthrough Conte Center@UCI Publication

The manuscript describing the QUIC (Questionnaire of Unpredictability in Childhood), has been accepted to Neuropsychopharmacology, the flagship journal of the ACNP.  The paper enables researchers and practitioners working with children and adults to employ measures of unpredictability and fragmentation of early-life environment in clinical and study contexts.  Read more

Jessica L. Bolton, PhD receives NARSAD Young Investigator Award... Read More

New Center publication suggests that fragmented and unpredictable parental signals may be relevant to smartphone use...read more

Conte Center@UCI receives ICTS Team Science award...Read More

Conte Center@UCI PI and Center Director Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD, receives prestigious George C. Cotzias award from American Academy of Neurology.

October 8, 2019 | Takao Hensch, PhD
Professor of Molecular and Celluar Biology
Professor of Neurology
Director, Conte Center@Harvard
Havard University

January 21, 2020 | Joan Luby, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Washington University in St. Louis

 

February 11, 2020 | Ted Satterthwaite, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine, Univ. of Pennsylvania

 

February 25, 2020 | 7th Annual Symposium

 

April 21, 2020 | Deanna Barch, PhD
Professor and Chair, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Washington University in St. Louis