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 enable discoveries and enhance their impact on adolescent cognitive behaviors, UC Irvine’s Conte Center on Brain Programming in Adolescent Vulnerabilities employ neurobiological and molecular research with animals, behavioral research with children, and circuit analyses via neuroimaging and computational approaches across species. The center serves as a focus of research and a magnet for trainees through its monthly gatherings, seminar series, symposia and outreach activities.

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.