One of the keynote speakers was by Professor Jonathan Hill who spoke on the observed different child outcomes following exposure to mothers stress during pregnancy depending on the sex of the infant. The other Keynote speaker was Professor Louise Howard who discussed the new NICE guidelines and how they can be implemented to improve perinatal mental health services.
From our own team the day was started with a presentation by Lauren Capron, who presented some of her current findings from her PhD thesis on the association between maternal mood in pregnancy and the expression of enzymes in placental tissue. Next up was Ellen Grimås who presented on the effects of co-parenting on family outcomes. Finally, Paul Ramchandani presented, on behalf of Liz Braitwaite, on the associations between mothers who suffer from depression during their pregnancy and epigenetic modifications to the glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) taken from cheek swabs collected when the infant was 2 months old. All of the presentations were received with enthusiasm and interested leading to interesting discussions and debates during the coffee breaks!