Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

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Five videos to stay on top of the latest research in mental health

Short on time, but want to learn more about the latest research in the field of mental health? Take the next 15 minutes to watch some videos—from our group and others—about depression, brain health, sensitive periods in development, science-based intervention strategies, and schizophrenia prevention.

By: Janine Cerutti

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

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How does stress get under the skin? The epigenetic hypothesis

Can stressful experiences “get under the skin” and change the way our genes function? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, Yiwen and Khalil explore the field of epigenetics, which is providing important new insights about how stress can affect the functioning of our DNA. This post also includes a video by Dr. Dunn, where she explains the meaning of epigenetics and how our lab group is studying the epigenetics of stress and depression.

By: Yiwen Zhu and Khalil Zlaoui

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Spotlight On: Yael Kahn

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Yael, who is a new Research Assistant in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Yael, including what she’s working on in the lab.

By: Janine Cerutti

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Humans aren’t so unique: Mental illness exists across species

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Humans aren’t so unique: Mental illness exists across species

Have you ever wondered about the mental health of animals?  Can animals experience depression? Believe it or not, mental illness is not only prevalent in humans, but also across the animal kingdom. In this week’s Said & Dunn post, Kristina Jacobsson, a Harvard undergraduate in the lab, explores the occurrence of mental illness in non-human species.

By: Kristina Jacobsson

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The Dunn Lab at MGH's Clinical Research Day

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The Dunn Lab at MGH's Clinical Research Day

Every year, MGH celebrates the research accomplishments of its investigators at Clinical Research Day. This year, over 300 projects were highlighted, spanning all domains of science across MGH’s research teams. To find out who presented from our lab and what they shared, check out this week’s Said&Dunn post. 

By: Janine Cerutti

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Five sensitive periods you didn’t know existed

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Five sensitive periods you didn’t know existed

In the Dunn Lab, a lot of our research is focused on identifying sensitive periods in development when life experiences may be particularly impactful in shaping brain health and risk for mental health problems. However, sensitive periods aren’t just limited to mental health. Find out about some sensitive periods you probably didn’t know existed in this week’s Said&Dunn post. 

By: Katie Davis

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Spotlight on: Janine Cerutti

We are excited to introduce our latest lab member, Janine, who is a new Research Coordinator in the lab. Check out this Spotlight On to learn more about Janine, including what she’s working on and what advice she can share for folks wanting to get involved in research.

By: Janine Cerutti

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The complexity of studying resilience

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The complexity of studying resilience

Many researchers are starting to study resilience. But do we all mean the same thing when we say “resilience”? In this week’s Said&Dunn post, Kristen Nishimi and Karmel Choi explore definitions, areas of research, and some burning questions surrounding the concept of resilience.

By: Kristen Nishimi and Karmel Choi

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How the Dunn Lab does summer

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How the Dunn Lab does summer

Everyone needs a break now and then from work. In that spirit, we’re taking the month of August off from our Said&Dunn posts. Before we return in September, we thought you might enjoy a post about our childhood and recent summer memories. Find out who loved camp, traveled to foreign places, and more in our Dunn Lab Summer Q&A article.

By: Members of the Dunn Lab

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Top 10 tips for how to land the academic job you want

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Top 10 tips for how to land the academic job you want

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that the academic job market is highly competitive. Looking to set yourself apart from other candidates in the world of academia? Click the link to read our lab’s top 10 tips for landing the academic job you want.

By: Members of the Dunn Lab

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The challenge of measuring childhood adversity

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The challenge of measuring childhood adversity

What do we really mean when we talk about childhood adversity?  How can we best measure it? In the latest Said&Dunn post, Research Coordinator Katie Davis makes a push for precision in how we define, capture, and refine adverse childhood experiences in research.

By: Katie Davis

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Why screen for postpartum depression?

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Why screen for postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is common and has long-term consequences for both moms and their babies. Check out the latest Said&Dunn post written by Karmel Choi, who shares ways to spot depression in new moms, and summarizes why such efforts are so important.

By: Karmel Choi

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When policymakers don’t listen to science, children suffer

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When policymakers don’t listen to science, children suffer

Like many Americans, we have been horrified by recent reports of children being separated from their parents at U.S. border facilities. What's happening at the border clearly goes against decades of research on the damaging effects of toxic stress during childhood. We strongly feel that a change in policy is needed.

By: Erin Dunn

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Can we talk about causality?

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Can we talk about causality?

Causal language irritates, perplexes, and sometimes inspires the scientific community - but it is a tricky thing to navigate, especially when communicating with people who don't have a scientific background. This week's Said&Dunn piece, written by our data analyst, Yiwen, explores the use of causal language in psychosocial research.

By: Yiwen Zhu

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