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Press Release, 16.05.2019

BRAIN CAFÉ talk at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

BRAIN CAFÉ talk at the Ruhr University

Can stress change our genome?

Dr. Vanessa Lux will talk about the connection between stress and epigenetics

On May 22nd, Collaborative Research Centre 874 hosts a new BRAIN CAFÉ. The lecture series, which highlights neuroscientific research for non-scientists, will focus on the influence of stress on our physical and mental health. The talk of Dr. Vanessa Lux from the AE Genetic Psychology at the Faculty for Psychology at Ruhr-Universität Bochum is entitled: "Can stress change our genome?". The talk will begin at 6 p.m. in the University Library at the RUB (Room 9, 1st floor). The talk will be held in German. Admittance is free of charge.

Everybody has experienced at some point that stress gets under their skin. The new research field of epigenetics has now shown that stress can also influence the way genes are transcribed in our cells. At least if this stress is experienced in certain sensitive phases of our development. The basis is molecular changes in the chromatin, the material that makes up the genetic material. But how stable are those epigenetic changes? Are they possibly the basis for mental illness? And can they even be inherited? Vanessa Lux explains what epigenetics is and how and when stress alters the genome. She also gives an outlook on what we can expect in the future from epigenetic stress research.

The BRAIN CAFÉ talks are hosted by Collaborative Research Centre 874 "Integration and Representation of Sensory Processes". The interdisciplinary research consortium has been funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft since 2010 to investigate how sensory information is processed in the brain. In the monthly BRAIN CAFÉs neuroscientists give an insight into their research in entertaining talks aimed at the interested layperson. Admittance to the BRAIN CAFÉ is free of charge. We ask that you sign up, if you wish to participate via or 0234-32-26675.

BRAIN CAFÉ, 22.05.2019, 6 p.m., RUB University Library (Room 9, 1st Floor), Admittance free of charge, sign up for participation: or 0234-32-26675


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