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May 29, 2019 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center IBio Conference Center | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

The Campus Community is invited to a research seminar  

Effects of childhood adversity on brain and behavioral development

hosted by

the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences,

 and Translational Sciences and Clinical Research Innovation

Office of the Dean of the School of Medicine


The Office of the Vice President for Research

with guest speaker, Hilary Ann Marusak, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Eugene Applebaum college of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Wayne State University

May 29, 2019

11 a.m. to 12 noon

IBio Conference Center

The Wayne State University community is invited to attend a research  presentation with guest speaker, Hilary Ann Marusak, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Eugene Applebaum college of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University.

The presentation will be held on May 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the first floor seminar room of IBio, Located at 6135 Woodward. The seminar is free and open to the entire university community. 

Dr. Marusak will present, "Effects of childhood adversity on brain and behavioral development."

Dr. Marusak earned her B.A. degree in Biology and Psychology at Kalamazoo College and a Ph.D. in Translational Neuroscience at Wayne State University School of Medicine. 


Exposure to childhood adversity (e.g., violence, abuse) is one of the strongest risk factors for anxiety and other psychiatric disorders. These experiences are unfortunately extremely common, particularly among low income urban communities such as Detroit. The strong and pervasive link between childhood adversity and the development of psychopathology highlights the need for research on underlying biological mechanisms. This talk will cover studies examining the impact of childhood adversity on brain systems critical for emotion processing and regulation in youth. We will explore fear extinction in particular, and the role of the endocannabinoid system in modulating development of fear extinction neural circuitry during adolescence. I will present novel data showing the impact of medical-related adversity on emotion-related neural circuitry in a sample of childhood cancer survivors. Finally, I will introduce ongoing studies that partner with local and international community-based organizations to examine the translational impact of interventions informed by our research on neural development and adversity.

We hope you can join us for this interesting seminar!  

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or