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Epi Stress Net travel to Glasgow

7 February 2017

The EpiStressNet team travelled to Glasgow to develop new ideas for research questions on how the allostatic burden engendered by social stressors increases chronic disease risk

A growing network

Since the EpiStressNet Kick-off meeting in March 2016, the network has begun to grow and develop new ideas for research questions that could help to elucidate how the allostatic burden engendered by social stressors increases chronic disease risk.

Research areas

The EpiStressNet research covers: 

  • identifying stressors
  • elucidating the roles of epigenetic mechanisms in the biological embedding of the risks conferred on the body
  • evaluating the societal impacts of this growing area of knowledge as well as the claims that may be made in its name.

Meeting topics and discussion

  • Opening questions (Dr Vincent Cunliffe)
  • Allostatic load (Professor Paul Shiels)
  • Life at the Frontier (Professor Gwilym Pryce)
  • Biopolitics in an epigenetic age (Dr Maurizio Meloni)
  • Epigenetic processes mediating the impact of stressful exposures on the phenotype (Professor Moshe Szyf)

Professor Moshe Szyf is considered a pioneer in the epigenetics field. Watch his video on Epigenetics and the human brain

Questions from the day

  1. What can epigenetics studies tell us about how the social becomes biological (and vice versa)?
  2. Epigenetic Processes - mediators or measures of exposure leading to health?
  3. Risks of unintended consequences implying a need for caution in applying epigenetics findings?

More information

The network travels to Glasgow

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