NEWS | August 30, 2018

UC Davis MIND Institute's 2018-19 Distinguished Lecturer Series kicks off Sept. 12


Christopher Coe from the University of Wisconsin will present “Prenatal origins of health and vulnerability” at the UC Davis MIND Institute on Wednesday, Sept. 12 as the first lecture in the ongoing Distinguished Lecturer Series. The hour-long presentation will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the MIND Institute Auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session. The event is free to the public and no reservations are required; however, seating is limited.

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Coe is the W.B. Cannon professor of biopsychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and director of the Harlow Center for Biological Psychology. His formative training was in behavioral neurosciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine where he was a member of the faculty through 1985. He is a past president of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

In addition to his developmental research using nonhuman primate models, Coe conducted many projects on biobehavioral health in young adult and elderly humans. For the past decade, Coe led the biomarker core for Midlife in the United States, a major study on the biology of aging in America. Currently, his developmental studies are investigating how young infants acquire their gut microbiome and also the importance of iron biology for brain development during early infancy.

Coe’s lecture will review research on the potential influence of maternal infection, psychological wellbeing and nutrition – especially related to iron biology – during pregnancy. He will also discuss recent discoveries on how an infant’s gut microbiome becomes established.

Additional lectures in this series include:

· Oct. 10: “Neurodevelopmental risk factors for autism” with Alan Brown from Columbia University Medical Center

· Nov. 14: “Emotional lives of toddlers with autism spectrum disorder” with Katarzyna Chawarska from Yale University

· Dec. 12: “High quality language environments create high quality learning environments” with Kathryn Hirsch-Pasek from Temple University

· Jan. 9: “Expect more – an adult autism adventure” with Mike Lake from the House of Commons of Canada

· Feb. 13: “Adolescent risk for developing psychosis” with Deanna Barch from Washington University in St. Louis

· Mar. 13 “Altered neurodevelopment in schizophrenia” with Davis Lewis from University of Pittsburgh

· April 10: “Genetic and neurophysiological approaches to tackle neurodevelopmental disorders” with Huda Zoghbi from Baylor College of Medicine

· May 8: “Brain immune interactions in neurodevelopment” with Staci Bilbo from Lurie Center for Autism

These presentations are intended for both professionals and community members. For more information, contact Felicia Carrillo at 916-703-0253 or For media inquiries, contact Dorsey Griffith at 916-734-9118 or

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif., was founded in 1998 as a unique interdisciplinary research center where families, community leaders, researchers, clinicians and volunteers work together toward a common goal: researching causes, treatments and eventual preventions and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders. The institute has major research efforts in autism, fragile X syndrome, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Down syndrome. More information about the institute and its Distinguished Lecturer Series, including previous presentations in this series, is available on the Web at