Imprinting for life!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
Café des Beaux-Arts

1384 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal

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Could the intra-uterine environment and the first few months after birth have life-long impacts on mental and physical health? Research on the developmental origins of health and disease is pointing in that direction. In addition to our genetic background, the environment appears to have a lasting influence on our genome through the introduction of epigenetic modifications altering the way our genes behave.

This Café will be an occasion to examine this question from various points of view: the effect of stress during pregnancy using the Montreal Ice Storm as an example, public health, and epigenetic modifications affecting health. A parallel will be made between new scientific findings and a provincial program that supports healthy childbirth for mothers living under the poverty line.


Suzanne King
PhD, McGill University, Douglas Institute
Diane Brisson
PhD, CCRP, University of Montreal CMGC and ECOGENE-21
Mylène Duplessis Brochu
DtP, MSc, OLO Fondation
Linda Booij
PhD, CHU Sainte-Justine and Queen’s University
Pierre-Eric Lutz
MD, PhD, McGill University, Douglas Institute


Michel Rochon
Health and Science Journalist Société Radio-Canada