Stress Research Group Lead member, Jeffrey D. Blaustein will discuss the impact of stress on the developing brain during puberty in the third of this year's Distinguished Faculty Lectures on Wednesday, March 7. His talk, titled "Stress, Puberty, and Mental Health: Remodeling of the Brain's Response to Hormones," begins at 4 p.m. in the Mullins Center's Massachusetts Room.
Blaustein, professor of Psychology and director of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program, is a pioneer in the study of behavioral neuroendocrinology. He discovered that while hormones influence cells of the brain--and consequently behavior--by acting on hormone specific receptors, the same receptors can also be regulated by stimulation from the surrounding environment. Stress encountered during puberty, his research team has shown, can permanently alter the brain's response to ovarian hormones.
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The Stress Research Group brings together faculty from the Five Colleges interested in understanding physiological mechanisms of stress and how stress affects health across the life-span. Family relationships and animal pair bonding are important contexts within which stress is examined in this research group. Twelve faculty members led by Blausetein and CRF Director Sally Powers meet every other week at CRF with the aim of forging long-term research collaborative projects. Notably, this research group includes researchers who work with animal models as well as those who work with human populations using a wide variety of methods, from epidemiology to endocrinological assessments in the field and lab. The Stress Research Group also hosts the 2011 Stress Lecture Series, which brings national experts to campus to present public lectures and to consult with the research group.