Pregnancy, Stress, and Depression: Impact on the Developing Fetal Brain
LOOK WHAT’S ON THE AGENDA FOR ISFB 2019!
Theme One: The Pregnant Woman
The global impact of pregnancy-related mental health disorders: No longer a silent epidemic
The phenotypic spectrum of maternal mood disorders during and after pregnancy
What is it about pregnancy that makes women so vulnerable to mental health disturbances?
The treatment dilemma: Serotonin and SSRI’s
Theme Two: The Fetus and Placenta
What are the pathways by which maternal mental health influence fetal brain development?
Does the placenta have any influence on the transduction of maternal mood disorders to altered fetal neurodevelopment?
Theme Three: The Newborn and Beyond
Postpartum depression and its impact on the mother-baby dyad
The stress of neonatal intensive care: Strategies to nurture mother-baby attachment
Psychosocial stress and the intergenerational transmission of disadvantage
What is the evidence for lifespan neuropsychological risk in the offspring of pregnancies complicated by maternal mental health disorders?
Theme Four: Putting the Pieces Together: Leveraging Technology and Universal Screening
What insights can we glean from in vivo MRI studies on the impact of maternal stress on fetal brain development and placental function?
Does fetal exposure to maternal stress alter postnatal brain structure, function, and increase vulnerability to childhood affective disorders?
Is it time for routine screening for perinatal mental health disorders in obstetrics and pediatrics?
Theme Five: The Road Ahead - An Expert Panel Discussion
How do we engage policymakers and advocacy groups to focus on this enormous public health issue?
How do we get to universal screening for pregnancy-related mental health disorders?
How do we maintain surveillance of at-risk offspring in the community who may have delayed onset of symptoms and missed windows for intervention?