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Prenatal Stress and the Developing Brain: From Maternal Microbes to Offspring Microglia
March 7, 2022
Presenter: Dr. Tamar Gur, Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioural Health, The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Dr. Gur received both her MD and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on neurogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. Julie Blendy. She completed her clinical training in the Research Track of the Psychiatry Residency program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she honed her research interests in women’s mental health. Her clinical work at Ohio State focuses on perinatal and postnatal depression and anxiety, which dovetails with her research interest on the effect of prenatal stress on neurodevelopment. She uses a variety of approaches to investigate the microbiome, neuroinflammation, and behavior. Her lab conducts both preclinical (rodent) studies and clinical studies. In addition to her clinical work and research efforts, Dr. Gur enjoys working with the next generation of Physician Scientists in her role as Associate Director and Co-Investigator of the NIH-funded MSTP program. She is also passionate about improving pathways for historically excluded individuals and is able to facilitate that through her role as Faculty Director of the College of Medicine ASPIRE program.