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Epigenetics and Behavior: How experience can alter gene expression

- This talk is a production of the Atlanta Science Tavern Meetup and is part of our Young Researchers series.
- Dinner starts at 7:00 pm.
- The evening's presentation begins around 7:45.
- Seating is on a first-come basis.
- The capacity of the room is 120.
- We expect a turnout of around 60% of day-of RSVPs.
- Refer to our Open Seating Policy for details.
- There is a $3 contribution requested from non-students. 
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Epigenetics and Behavior:  How experience can alter gene expression 

Dora Guzman, Graduate Student
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Emory University

Genes are the molecular structures that serve as the basic blueprint in the production of proteins, which are the active biological molecules with diverse actions in cells. Mutations are permanent changes in the molecular sequence of a gene that may significantly alter the structure of the produced protein, possibly leading to changes in the protein’s function. Scientists have recently discovered a process, called epigenetics, that can modify gene expression but does not alter the genetic sequence itself. It turns out that some epigenetic modifications can even be transferred to subsequent generations. 

This presentation will focus on the emerging field of epigenetics, concentrating on recent findings in behavioral neuroscience. We may inherit more than just our genes from our parents.  

About Dora

Dora Guzman (M.S.) is currently a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Emory University.  She is interested in behavioral neuroendocrinology and plans to study the long term impacts of early life stress.
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  • A former member
    A former member

    Interesting related article published today by the Cleveland Clinic:
    http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/02/the-epigenetic-connection-to-cholesterol-smoking-and-cancer/

    3 · February 5, 2014

  • Dorothy E.

    Ms. Guzman gave an excellent view of epigenetics, particualrly observation, set up and results. Her subject overview was also excellent which seemed to me a well thought out presentation for those who were not familiar with the field and just enough information to spur your interest and make you wonder about the profound implications of this field for psychology and medicine. I forsee epigenetics as a paradigm shift - not only for treatment but prevention of many human maladies. I hope she will come back for another lecture and give us more information and data. I think she was a little nervous which made her points at times hard for her to express in the way that she would like so lets make her feel very comfortable the next time she comes and help her to relax.

    4 · February 24, 2014

  • Winston

    Ms. Guzman had very dense material to deliver. As well, this is a fairly new field. So I can understand the difficulties of presenting the material at a level commensurate for a general audience with varying degrees of subject familiarity. As a young researcher, these skills will come in time.

    In the future, I would enjoy hearing another presentation from Ms. Guzman. As a follow-up, she began with epigenetics as it applied to a human population in the last century. I left the lecture wanting to know more about how recent research with mice has informed any understanding of human genetic development.

    2 · February 23, 2014

  • CynthiaB

    I too expected more of an overview with key questions, findings to date, and implications with some connection to the presenter's own research. I was surprised the presenter focused on a single study that wasn't her's. This presentation seemed too narrow for a large audience with many different backgrounds.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Rebecca G.

    I appreciate being introduced to the field last night. Very interesting. However, as in so many. cases, the details of the research was hard to follow. Presenting the concept and implications at the 50,000 foot level without a lot of detail about the research is more meaningful to me.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • William (Bill) M.

    Not being versed in this field (just a curious person), it was a bit difficult to follow. I got the gist and implications. Now reflecting, I can see how it can or potentially can explain so much more of brain/body behavior. Sparked my interest to learn more

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Carol B.

    Our speaker had some difficulty in expressing her ideas.

    February 23, 2014

  • LauraD

    It occurred to me after the talk, the phenomenon described in last month's talk must be an epigenetic effect. It was described that being the 4th or 5th son born to the same mother can increase the likelihood of the youngest son being homosexual.

    1 · February 23, 2014

  • Callahan Pope M.

    please put myself and my husband, Bill Pope on the wait list.

    February 4, 2014

    • Marc M.

      Callahan, the way RSVPs on Meetup.com work is that you sign up for events (including waiting lists) yourself. You indicate that you want to attend by pressing a yes or no button at the upper right hand side of an event page. I'll explain more in a separate message. - Marc

      1 · February 4, 2014

  • Marc M.

    Just in case anyone is wondering, since the response to this talk has been ginormous, I'm going to try to find a larger venue to host it. - Marc

    4 · January 27, 2014

    • Laura R.

      I'm setting up the Atlanta Freethought newsletter and am mentioning this event--also need to put it in AtlantaSecularDirectory.­com.

      February 1, 2014

  • pamela b.

    I hope she'll speak again..I can't attend Meetups on Friday nights :(

    January 30, 2014

    • Marc M.

      Pamela - That may be a possibility. I'll keep you posted. - Marc

      January 30, 2014

  • Jennifer

    So it was changed to valentines Day?

    January 30, 2014

    • Marc M.

      Yep, it's Valentine's Day. It was the only open date that week for the North Avenue Room - I guess that that shouldn't come as a surprise - and I another event to coordinate the following week - Sorry, Marc

      January 30, 2014

  • Bob H.

    Does that mean more of us on the waiting list can be accommodated?

    January 30, 2014

    • Marc M.

      Bob - A bunch of people were added from the waitlist when I updated the meetup. In any event, be sure to check out our Open Seating Policy (link below) to see how seating will be managed. - Marc

      http://bit.ly/1bCd0ze­

      January 30, 2014

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