Thursday Lunchtime Talk

A Population Neuroscience Approach to Understand Adolescent Brain Development and its Implications for Health

Dr Qiang Luo

Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall and Associate Principal Investigator at the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence, Fudan University, China

Adolescent brain development is directed by genetic variants and modulated by environmental factors. Deviation from normal adolescent brain development precedes manifestations of many mental and physical health problems. Using population-based cohorts for imaging genetics, we can now begin to identify and validate neural correlates linking genetic or environmental risk factors to various health problems. The identification of such neural correlates in adolescent brains may inform the researches on the neuropathology of health problems in both adolescents and adults. In this talk, we are going to discuss three such neural correlates in adolescent brains linking: 1) genetic risk to schizophrenia; 2) childhood trauma to adulthood obesity; 3) both cognitive and motivational measurements to ADHD.

Meeting Room, Clare Hall

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