The brain continues to develop up to about the age of 20. This developmental process is most active just before birth but also continues significantly after birth. While these developments follow a pre-programmed path, there are also several variables that have an important impact on the development of the brain. Such environmental factors (early life experiences) can influence development in the long-term via epigenetic processes. In this summer course offered by Amsterdam Brain and Cognition (ABC), lecturers will go into great detail about the development of the brain, and more specifically, how early life experiences influence the development and functioning of the brain and cognitive processes.
The Summer School will run from 16-27 June and consists of two parts: two weeks of lectures and training (the Summer School itself), and a one-day Symposium featuring various renowned speakers from the field. On Thursday June 26th, prof. dr. Michael Meaney from Mc Gill University, Canada, will give the honorary Frijda lecture which is an open event and can be attended separately from the Summer School. Both the Summer School and the Symposium address the topic of how early life experiences affect the brain and behavior.
Prof. dr. Michael Meaney, McGill University, Canada
The Summer School and the associated Symposium are organized by Dr. Harm Krugers and Dr. Aniko Korosi and coordinated by Dr. Deborah Alfarez from the Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences, University of Amsterdam. Harm Krugers’ and Aniko Korosi’s research focuses on early life experience, stress-hormones and synaptic function.