When we experience chronic stress early in our lives, even before we’re born, we’re more likely to develop health problems and to age more rapidly later in life. James Coffman, Ph.D., will discuss what is known about this phenomenon, called “developmental programming,” and how it relates to the increase in inflammatory diseases in the developed world and to diseases of aging.
Coffman is an associate professor in the Davis Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine at the MDI Biological Laboratory. He studies zebrafish to learn about the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of stress on health and aging, with a particular focus on the stress hormone cortisol.
The MDI Science Cafés are a program of the MDI Biological Laboratory. They offer a relaxed, informal way to learn about the latest scientific developments. Each café lasts about an hour. Presentations are made in everyday language and questions are welcome.
Cafés are free of charge, and refreshments are available.