The AAP recently released a report regarding the dangers of prenatal alcohol exposure.
We were excited to find out that a recently published manuscript from the Weinberg Lab and collaborators has been selected as a featured article! Click the citation below to check out the paper and learn more!
Ngai YF, Sulistyoningrum DC, O’Neill R, Innis SM, Weinberg J, Devlin AM. (2015). Prenatal alcohol exposure alters methyl metabolism and programs serotonin transporter and glucocorticoid receptor expression in brain. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 304(4):613-22.
Congratulations to Alex Lussier, whose poster and talk, “Prenatal alcohol exposure alters DNA methylation patterns in the rat hypothalamus” were featured at NeuroDevNet’s 2015 Brain Development Conference in Ottawa. Additionally, Alex received a poster award from the Research & Training Committee’s panel of poster judges.
Dr. Charlis Raineki, Research Associate in the lab, recently presented his work, “Unique and interactive effects of prenatal alcohol exposure and early-life adversity: Focus on mental health” at the 16th annual meeting of the Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Network in Ottawa, Ontario. The focus of this research involved combining rodent models of prenatal alcohol exposure and early-life adversity to examine the unique and interactive effects of these insults on offspring. The work presented included contributions from several members of the Weinberg lab, including Sam Baglot, Tammy Bodnar & Parker Holman.
Source of funding: Canadian Foundation on Fetal Alcohol Research (CFFAR); NIH/NIAAA; NeuroDevNet
David Mak, a current medical student at UBC and honours physiology student in the Weinberg lab from 2014 – 2015 submitted his thesis to The Undergraduate Awards, an international academic awards program open to final year undergraduate students. David’s thesis was identified as a Highly Commended Entrant. He has made the shortlist of awardees in a pool of over 5,000 submissions and is invited to attend the up-coming Undergraduate Awards Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland! The winner in each category will be announced on September 23rd and we’re wishing him the best of luck!
Check out our chapter “Of mice and wo/men: transdisciplinarity in the laboratory” in the recently published book Transforming Addiction: Gender, Trauma & Transdisciplinarity. This collaborative effort between Dr. Joanne Weinberg, Vivian Lam, Dr. Ni Lan, former lab member Dr. Kristina Uban and collaborator Dr. Travis Baker was compiled as part of a project for Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addiction Research Training (IMPART).
Tammy Bodnar was selected to present a FASt DataTalk entitled, Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Evidence for an Early-Life Immune Signature? at this year’s FASD Study Group meeting held in San Antonio, TX.
Alex Lussier won a poster award for his presentation at the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) Research Forum. His presentation was entitled Prenatal alcohol exposure alters DNA methylation patterns in the rat hypothalamus.