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A MULTI-UNIVERSITY COLLABORATIVE VENTURE

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News & Events

International Society for Developmental Psychobiology (ISDP)
November 12-14, 2014
Washington, D.C.
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Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
November 15-19, 2014
Washington, D.C.
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Research Highlights

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About the DEARC

A collaborative and multidisciplinary research venture to understand the functional and neural effects of alcohol exposure throughout brain development – including the key developmental transitions of adolescence

Goals:

  • to understand mechanisms by which alcohol affects the developing brain and the developing brain affects the response to alcohol, and
  • to use this knowledge as a platform for generating novel intervention/prevention strategies

Key Themes:

  1. early ethanol exposure profoundly impacts the developing nervous system through both structural and functional neuroadaptations;
  2. ethanol-induced effects (both acute and lasting) depend upon the developmental stage of the organism, with a particular focus on two key times when the developing brain is particularly likely to be exposed to alcohol – via maternal use during the fetal period, and through voluntary drinking in adolescence;
  3. alcohol exposure during more than one developmental phase or when combined with other adverse developmental experiences has particularly pronounced consequences, altering developmental trajectories through multiple routes and developmentally programming later responsiveness to alcohol to promote an increased propensity for later alcohol use and abuse;
  4. characterizing factors influencing and mechanisms underlying developmental consequences of alcohol are critical for developing new intervention/prevention strategies.

Last Updated: 11/3/11