Nencki Institute Seminar

On Thursday 20.06 we will host Dr. Charlotte Cecil, an Associate Professor within the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & the Department of Epidemiology at Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her lecture will be entitled: "Epigenetics and Mental Health: New developmental insights from population-based cohorts”

Epigenetic processes that regulate gene activity, such as DNA methylation, are increasingly studied as a promising marker and potential mechanism underlying gene-environment interplay on mental health and psychiatric risk. Yet, even though most psychiatric disorders have developmental origins and epigenetic markers are highly developmentally dynamic, research in the field of psychiatric epigenetics continues to rely primarily on adult samples, thereby missing a critical window of opportunity for prevention and timely risk prediction. In this talk, Dr. Charlotte Cecil will present new findings and collaborative initiatives leveraging population birth cohorts, which showcase the importance of developmentally-sensitive research for moving the field forward.

Dr. Charlotte Cecil is an Associate Professor in Biological Psychopathology at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Head of the inDEPTH Lab based at the Erasmus Medical Centre, the Netherlands. Her work aims to better understand factors influencing brain development and mental health from prenatal life to adolescence, in order to improve strategies for early risk detection and the prevention of chronic mental illnesses later in life. A key interest in her group is to identify how, at a biological level, genetic and environmental factors beginning in pregnancy come together to shape a child’s development, behavior, and health, with a particular focus on epigenetic mechanisms. She has (co)leads multiple international efforts dedicated to better understanding and enhancing mental health during development, including the European collaborative projects TEMPO, MIND, FAMILY, EarlyCause, and HappyMums.

The lecture will take place at 3 p.m. in the CN lecture hall and it will be followed by a get together.

Hope to see you all there,

Tomasz Wypych

Date of publication
19 June 2024
Date of event
Nencki Institute, CN lecture hall