“Nursing alters behavioral and neural outcomes relevant for postpartum mental health”, talk by Dr. Joanna Workman, Psychology Department, University at Albany, State University of New York.
Postpartum depression (PPD) affects approximately 15% of women after giving birth and women who do not breastfeed are at higher risk for PPD. My laboratory focuses on the neural, endocrine, and immunological changes that occur with reproductive experience (i.e., pregnancy and mothering) in females. In particular, we are investigating how lactation and the hormones that support lactation (oxytocin and prolactin) alter stress-related behaviors and neural plasticity in regions associated with stress and depression.
Sponsored by the Biology Department, Psychology Department, and Program in Neuroscience. Lunch provided at 12:20pm.
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