When Nature Meets Nurture

What we know about early-childhood development, mental health and epigenetics.

The emotional and physical environment in which we raise our children matters and early childhood experiences can impact the risk of developing a mental illness across our lifespan, from attention deficit disorders (ADD) to depression to Alzheimer’s.

Dr O’Donnell, a Ludmer Centre researcher, is a leading expert in early-childhood development, mental health and epigenetics. He has written numerous research publications and co-authored 5 book chapters in leading research journals. His lecture provides an  overview  of what we know about early-childhood development, mental health and epigenetics.

Dr Kieran O’Donnell, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Epigenetics & Epidemiology, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Epigenetics Researcher, Douglas Hospital Research Centre
    & Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health

Additional Credits:

  • Moderator: Anthony Robart
    Anchor at Global TV evening news
  • Honourable Michael A. Meighen
    McGill University’s Chancellor
  • Dr Alan Evans, PhD
    Scientifc Director, Ludmer Centre
    Director of the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience (MCIN) at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI)
    James McGill Professor in the departments of Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University
    Director of the Montreal Consortium for Brain Imaging Research.