Epigenetics: new hope for diagnosis and treatment of drug addiction

Professor Moshe Szyf (McGill University, Canada) spoke with us about his research into the effects of maternal care on offspring behavior, and the associated epigenetic changes seen in these offspring. He also speaks about his research into epigenetics and addiction, highlighting the potential of epigenetics for developing biomarkers for treatment response as well as novel therapies to treat addiction.

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Oct 31, 2016
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As part of our follow-up with the speakers at the 2nd Annual Epigenetics Discovery Congress, Professor Moshe Szyf from McGill University (Canada) spoke to EpigenomicsNet about his work linking levels of maternal care with anxiety/aggressiveness in the offspring, and the associated epigenetic changes seen in the offspring. He also discusses his research looking at epigenetic changes in the brain associated with drug addiction, and the potential for development of epigenetic therapies to directly treat drug addiction in the future.

  • 00:25 - Can you tell us about your research linking levels of maternal care with anxiety/aggressiveness and associated epigenetic changes in the offspring?
  • 03:47 - What broader implications does this research have?
  • 09:05 - What are the most important avenues of research going on in the field of epigenetics and addiction at this time? Where do you see this field going in the next 10 years?
  • 11:09 - Is there anything else you would like to add?

For more information on Professor Szyf's work, you can check out his lab page here.

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