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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Conte Center News

Conte Center@UCI wins 2018 Team Science Award presented at the ICTS People Who Make a Difference in Human Health Awards dinner on May 4, 2018.

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

Unpredictable maternal signals influence intelligence in both children and immature rats – Conte Center publishes in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences! Read more

Impaired ability to experience pleasure (anhedonia) can be reversed in adults! Read more

Conte Center MD/PhD graduate student Megan Curran receives the 2017 Read more

The 2016 Neurobiology of Stress Workshop, sponsored Read more

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Seminars & Events

Catherine Monk, PhD, Columbia University, will present on August 7, 2018.

Past Seminars & Events

Nim Tottenham, PhD, Columbia University, presented Development of Emotion Regulation: the Importance of Early Experiences on March 6, 2018.

Conte Center@UCI 5th Annual Symposium was held on March 6, 2018.

Mirella Dapretto, PhD, presented on November 28, 2017.

Margaret M. McCarthy, PhD, University of Maryland, School of Medicine, presented Neuroinflammation, Neuroepigenetics and Male Vulnerability on October 17, 2017.

Uma Rao, PhD, University of California – Irvine, presented Distinction between Depression Phenotypes with and without Early-Life Adversity on September 13, 2017.

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

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