Stress symposium to address impacts on human, animal and plant health

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259,

Contact: Dr. Tom Welsh, 979-845-1541,

COLLEGE STATION – A symposium scheduled Oct. 8-9 at Texas A&M University in College Station will address a broad range of topics related to stress in human, animal and plant health.

“Evolution of Stress: From the Genome to Disease” will feature a number of leading experts who will explore current knowledge of stress research and how that knowledge can be used to improve human, animal and plant health, according to organizers.

The symposium is free and hosted by the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society.

Symposium organizers are Dr. David Threadgill, director of  the Texas A&M Institute for Genome Sciences and Society at Texas A&M, and Dr. Tom Welsh, Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow and physiology reproduction section leader in the department of animal science at Texas A&M. Both are based in College Station.

At 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Rudder Theatre, Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, Stanford University professor, will provide the keynote presentation, “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: Stress and Health.” Sapolsky is a MacArthur Genius Fellow, and John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn professor of biology and professor of neurology and neurosurgery.

Starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 9, symposium presentations will begin. The topics and speakers will be:

  • Epigenetic processes embedding early- life stress in the genome, Dr. Moshe Syzyf, McGill University, Quebec, Canada.
  • Temperament is linked with stress responsiveness and is controlled genetically, Dr. Ronald D. Randel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Overton.
  • Adverse life experiences and pain sensitization, Dr. Mary W. Meagher, Texas A&M, College Station.
  • Stress and the gastrointestinal tract, Dr. Jackie D. Wood, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Death be not proud: Modulation of programmed cell death for disease development/stress tolerance in plants, Dr. Martin B. Dickman, Texas A&M, College Station.
  • Linking stress, metabolism and immune function in cattle, Dr. Jeffery A. Carroll, U. S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service, Lubbock.
  • Genetic and hormonal mechanisms that impair metabolic health, Dr. Stephen D. Hursting, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
  • Plasticizers: Foe or friend? An epigenetic view, Dr. Mahua Choudhury, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station.
  • Stress and pathophysiology of post-traumatic stress disorder, Dr. Keith A. Young, Texas A&M Health Science Center, College Station.

To register and for full a schedule, visit or call 979-458-5666 for more information.


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