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Making Sense of Stress

Tue October 10, 2017 @ 18:0020:00

| Free

How do we define and combat stress in modern society?

Join Edinburgh Neuroscience and various other guest speaker to explore stress in people from all walks of life.

A series of short talks, followed by questions from the floor – as we try to make sense of stress.



  • Professor Rebecca Reynolds, Professor of Metabolic Medicine, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Megan Holmes, Professor of Molecular Neurodenocrinology, Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Paula Brunton, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Chaired by Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Univeristy of Edinburgh



We all experience stress. Stress triggers a primitive response which is a vital survival mechanism, helping us to cope with stressful situations. Unfortunately, some people overreact to stressors that are not life-threatening and repeated activation of the stress response takes a toll on the body, increasing the risk of mental health disorders and other diseases. We know that our genes, childhood experiences and lifestyle choices can impact upon how we respond to stress, but there’s another important factor ─the 9 months before we are born.


This event will consider how our body responds to stress and the role of stress hormones in coping with stressful situations. We will then focus on how the mother’s body endeavours to protect the unborn baby from her experience of stress, before discussing how, when these safety barriers are breached, our mother’s diet or exposure to stress can influence how we respond to stress, as well as impacting our behaviour, intelligence and susceptibility to develop disease in later life.






Tue October 10, 2017
18:00 – 20:00
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