Professor Michael Meaney
James McGill Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, USA; Klaus J. Jacobs Prize Laureate
We study the effects of the early social environment on the function of genome over development to understand how, for example, environments regulate the activity of genes in the brain that determine individual differences in stress responses. We then attempt to use similar studies in human children to understand the origins of vulnerability for mental disorders.
We hope to be able to enhance the ability of intervention programs to more effectively target truly vulnerable children across the population at younger ages, and to evaluate why prevention/intervention programs work more effectively for some children than others.