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LIBC Sylvius Lecture

  • Dr. Kieran O'Donnell
Thursday 19 October 2017
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden

Integrating measures of genomic risk in studies of child neurodevelopment: precision medicine in child psychiatry?

How does our early experience influence vulnerability for later adverse mental health outcomes?  This is the question that drives Dr. O’Donnell’s multidisciplinary research program at McGill University. He combines psychiatric, genetic, epigenetic and epidemiological methods to better understand the biological embedding of early adversity and its association with altered child neurodevelopment.  Specific areas of interest include maternal perinatal mental health and child neurodevelopment, as well as epigenetic analyses of early intervention programs, which seek to buffer the effects adversity experienced early in life. The goal is integrate relevant biological measures into studies of the child neurodevelopment to better identify and treat at-risk individuals, and thus help each child reach their full developmental potential. The current lecture will include a discussion about the reality of precision medicine in child mental health with some examples from his own studies.


Dr. Kieran O’Donnell is Assistant Professor in Epigenetics and Epidemiology at McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and researcher in the Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health.

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