How Pre-Conception Stress Impacts Development

Type of project: Basic, Personalized Therapies

Principal Investigator: Dr. Robin Gibb

Institutions Affiliated: University of Lethbridge

Students: Serena Jenkins (GRAD)

Awards funded to project: 1

Background: There is a growing literature about how stress during pregnancy can affect the development of a child. This study is looking at how stress at before conception affects development in an animal model, as this is a new set of influences on the unborn child that hasn't been explored.

Implications: Many different neuroCAM therapies are effective at achieving stress reduction and could be more specifically targeted to mothers who are planning to have a baby as a way to make the pre-natal enviorment of the baby the most optimal for healthy development.