Special Issue "Parental Influences on the Brain"

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christopher Gregg

Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84132, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Major new insights into the genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors that influence the brain and the development of behavioral and physiological traits in offspring are emerging. We are gaining an understanding of the early life environmental factors that can impact the risk of developing brain diseases and disorders. Roles for epigenetic mechanisms are emerging, and maternal and paternal age is now known to influence germline mutation rates and the risk for genetic diseases in offspring. Importantly, mothers and fathers can influence offspring phenotype and disease risk in many different ways and through different mechanisms. This special issue is focused on maternal and paternal influences on the brain, including brain development, function, behavior and health. The biomedical and sociological implications of the findings in this growing field are wide reaching, and therefore, especially well suited to an open access journal.

I invite authors to submit original research, reviews and opinion articles that address maternal and paternal influences over the brain. Contributions are encouraged from numerous different fields, such as genetics, genomics, epigenetics, imaging, behavior, metabolism, evolution and epidemiology. This special issue provides an exciting opportunity to integrate findings from diverse fields.

Topics of interest include, but are certainly not limited to:
• Maternal and paternal behavioral influences on offspring
• Nutrition and parental dietary effects
• Genomic imprinting and heritable epigenetic factors
• In utero effects
• Parental addiction and drugs of abuse
• Evolution of parental influences on the brain
• Paternally and maternally inherited genetic mutations
• Parental influences on neuropsychiatric diseases

Dr. Christopher Gregg
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • maternal
  • paternal
  • parental influences on brain
  • in utero
  • brain
  • behavior
  • brain disease
  • epigenetics
  • genetics

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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