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Stress and Human Evolution

April 5, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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How does stress “get under the skin” to influence health? What about our evolutionary history causes our bodies to respond in this way? This talk will explore these questions by describing the biological mechanisms through which early life stress exposures influence later life biology and health. Data from New Zealand and the United States will be utilized to investigate the biological impacts of exposure to stressors such as trauma, poverty, and racial discrimination. In addition, we will discuss the similarities and differences in biological responses to early life stress in a broad range of species. This research suggests that evolutionarily novel stress exposures in contemporary environments may have maladaptive impacts on our biology, which in turn may shape disparities in health.

This talk is presented in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History with support from Ann and Gordon Getty and Camilla and George Smith.


April 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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American Museum of Natural History
56 West 81st St.
New York, NY 10024 United States
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