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"How Trauma And Resilience Cross Generations" - Rachel Yehuda, PhD

  • On Being (PBS)
  • New York, NY
  • (November 09, 2017)

The new field of epigenetics sees that genes can be turned on and off and expressed differently through changes in environment and behavior. Rachel Yehuda, PhD, professor of psychiatry, neuroscience, and director of traumatic stress studies at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is a pioneer in understanding how the effects of stress and trauma can transmit biologically, beyond cataclysmic events, to the next generation. “We’re just starting to understand that just because you’re born with a certain set of genes, you’re not in a biologic prison as a result of those genes – that changes can be made to how those genes function, that can help,” she said. “How we behave towards one another, individually and in society, I think, can really make a very big difference in, honestly, the effects of environmental events on our molecular biology,” she added.

 - Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Director, Division of Traumatic Stress Studies, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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