McLean Hospital has partnered with the nonprofit arm of The Connor Group, a real estate investment firm, as well as the University of Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital, on a groundbreaking research project aimed at understanding the biological link between childhood hardships and mental disorders.
The study, dubbed the Connor-McLean Healthy Kids Development Program, is a combined effort of Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD, McLean Hospital’s chief scientific officer and a professor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and The Connor Group Kids and Community Partners.
The project will enroll up to 1,000 families in Dayton, Ohio, as part of a visionary, long-term program to understand the role of stress on biological mechanisms, in particular epigenetics, that contribute to the risk of mental health disorders in children. Partners from the University of Dayton and Dayton Children’s Hospital are recruiting families to participate in the research.
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