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Epigenetics and Social Science Network Meeting London

26 June 2017

The Epigenetics and Social Science Network met in London on 20 June 2017 to share progress and make plans for the future.


We were warmly welcomed on a glorious sunny day to St Thomas' Hospital by our hosts Jordana Bell and team.


All eight projects in the network presented their work so far:

  • Epigenetic trajectories of biological response to adolescent psychosocial stress: A novel longitudinal study of discordant monozygotic twins (Chloe Wong)
  • EpiFASSTT: Epigenetic effects on children's psychosocial development in a randomised trial of folic acid supplementation in second and third trimester (Colum Walsh)
  • Epigenetic responses to social and environmental cues in early life and over the life course: impact on healthy ageing in UK population-based cohorts (Jordana Bell)
  • Interstela: Interpreting epigenetic signatures in studies of early life adversity (Caroline Relton)
  • Epigenetic stability in a stressful environment and its effects on reproductive function (Reinhard Stoger)
  • Imprinting methylation; early life influences and later cognition and mood (Marlene Lorgan)
  • E4: Epigenetics: Environment, Embodiment and Equality (Caroline Relton)
  • EpiStressNet: A biosocial systems approach to understanding the epigenetic embedding of social stress responses (Vincent Cunliffe)

In addition, we heard from Professor Chris Power who highlighted other projects sponsored by ESRC and BBSRC, in particular 'Reversibility network on later life interventions to reverse effects of early life adversity'

Next steps

A number of events and workshops are being planned for the future and there was discussion about how the network can work jointly on some of these events.

Please keep checking our events pages as we will be posting more network events as they emerge.

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