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2015 Dr. Hubert van Tol Travel Fellowship

Principal Investigator:
  • Pierre-Eric Lutz, McGill University
  • Seger-van Tol Family

Project Overview

Dr. Lutz is currently completing his post-doctoral fellowship entitled “Epigenetic mechanisms of childhood maltreatment”, in which he investigates the strong relationship between childhood malnutrition and mental health outcomes. Dr. Lutz’s research focuses on epigenetic analysis of the human amygdala, the brain centre for stress and emotions. He uses post-mortem brain tissues available through the Douglas-Bell Canada Brain Bank, and has identified novel disruptions in DNA methylation linked to childhood malnutrition and suicidal behaviour. Dr. Lutz was awarded $1,843 for a poster and oral presentation of these novel findings at the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR)/American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) 2015 International Summit on Suicide Research, October 11th-14th, 2015 in New York, USA. This conference brought together suicide researchers studying topics ranging from neurobiology and genetics to prevention and intervention.