Ludmer Centre: Where Nature Meets Nurture: The New Science of Preventative Health

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7 PM to 8:30 PM

Note: Our initial speaker, Dr Meaney, had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances but graciously helped secure his colleague and co-author Dr O'Donnell as a speaker.

The emotional and physical environment in which we raise our children matters. Early childhood experiences can impact the risk of mental illness across our lifespan, from ADD to depression to Alzheimer's.

McGill University's Chancellor, the Honourable Michael A. Meighen cordially invites you to attend a thought-provoking presentation delivered by a leading expert in early-childhood development, mental health and epigenetics:

Dr. Kieran O'Donnell
Assistant Professor, Epigenetics & Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Epigenetics Researcher, Douglas Hospital Research Centre
& Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health

Dr O'Donnell's roundup of the latest research on what causes mental illness and prevention is something every parent, grandparent, social worker and health professional will want to hear.

Dr O'Donnell has written numerous publications and co-authored 5 book chapters; his two most recent (2015) include 'Epigenetics and the developmental origins of vulnerability for mental disorders' and 'Maternal Prenatal Stress & the Development Origins of Mental Health: the role of epigenetics'. He co-founded, highlighting research on how a mother's stress, caused by everything from domestic violence to natural disaster, affects the developing fetus.


The Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health is a partnership of McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute, the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and the Jewish General Hospital. The Ludmer Centre ( is working towards a future where mental illnesses, cognitive disorders, and learning disabilities are significantly reduced through preventive strategies, and diagnosed through biological tests that lead to effective, individually-tailored treatment approaches.

Please note that no refunds will be issued within 48 hours of the event.

Cash bar will open at 6:30 PM.
Ludmer Centre: Where Nature Meets Nurture: The New Science of Preventative Health

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
7 PM to 8:30 PM


$20 CAD


Civic Ballroom, Sheraton Centre Hotel -
123 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2M9
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Register from Mar. 24 to May. 20, 2016


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