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Day 1 - November 21

Pregnancy-Related Maternal Health: An Overview

  • Pregnancy-related Dysregulation of Affective State: Who, What and Why. David Rubinow, MD. Assad Meymandi Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Previously, Clinical Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and founding Chief of the Behavioral Endocrinology Branch

  • Preconception Stress and its Impact on Pregnancy, Fetal and Infant Outcomes. C. Neill Epperson, MD. Robert Freedman Endowed Professor, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM)

  • Maternal Mental Health and the Inter-generational Transmission of Risk. Catherine Monk, PhD. Professor of Medical Psychology in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Psychiatry, Columbia University, Research Scientist VI at the New York State Psychiatric Institute

What are the mechanisms that translate maternal stress-depression into altered fetal brain development?

  • Maternal stress during pregnancy impact on brain development via transplacental signals. Tracy Bale, PhD. Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry, Director of the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine

  • Endocrine Pathways. Pathik Wadhwa, MD, PhD. Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine

  • Convergence of Placenta Biology and Genetic risk for neuropsychiatric disorders. Daniel Weinberger, MD. Director and CEO, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins University Medical Campus. Previously Chief, Clinical Brain Disorders Branch, Intramural Research Program, NIMH

Day 2 - November 22

Postnatal Outcomes after Pregnancy-Related Stress and Depression

  • Mother-infant emotional connection during neonatal intensive care and long-term outcome. Martha Welch, MD. Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Pediatrics and Pathology & Cell Biology, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Director of the Nurture Science Program

  • The Neuropsychological Outcome after Fetal Exposure to Maternal Stress and Depression. Elisabeth Conradt ,PhD. Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Utah, College of Social and Behavioral Science

  • Is it time for routine universal screening? Lee Beers, MD. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and the Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs within Children’s National’s Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health and Child Health Advocacy Institute. Emily Miller, MD, MPH. Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, and currently in the NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) Career Development Program at Northwestern.

Impact on brain development:  Insights from quantitative neuroimaging

  • The effects maternal stress and depression on fetal brain development and placental function: Insights from quantitative fetal MRI. Catherine Limperopoulos, OT, MSc, PhD. Director, Center for the Developing Brain, Children’s National Medical Center; Professor of Neurology, Radiology and Pediatrics, George Washington School of Medicine.

  • Does fetal exposure to maternal stress alter brain development and increase vulnerability to childhood affective disorders? Alice Graham, PhD. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health & Science University

  • Prenatal exposure to SSRI and effects on the developing brain: Insights from advanced MRI. Tim Oberlander, MD. R. Howard Webster Professor in Brain Imaging and Early Child Development, BC Children’s Hospital; Professor, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, University of British Columbia.

Mapping out The Road Ahead

  • Panel discussion: With representatives from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Psychiatry Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and National Institutes of Mental Health.