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Epigenetics, stress and child development: New Special Issue now open

Together with dr. Serena Grumi I am editing a Special Issue entitled "The Early Epigenetic Determinants of Social Stress and Emotion Regulation in Young Infants and Children" for the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (MDPI publishing).

Call for papers

Recent advances in developmental psychobiology and behavioral epigenetics suggest that early experiences are crucial in shaping stress regulation, socio-emotional, and socio-cognitive development in infants and children. Early experiences—especially those occurring during the first thousand days after conception—may get under the skin and have a profound impact on the developing biology (e.g., DNA methylation, microRNA, mitochondria regulation, programming of the HPA axis, and telomere regulation) and phenotype (e.g., stress regulation, behavior regulation, socio-emotional skills, and socio-cognitive outcomes) of the offspring. Notably, both adverse and protective early experiences may associate with such long-lasting biomarkers and they may be involved in setting the long-term programming of behavioral, socio-emotional, and socio-cognitive developmental trajectories involved in stress regulation skills. Papers addressing these topics are invited for this Special Issue. We welcome studies involving human subjects and/or animal models. Different manuscript types will be considered, according to the journal guidelines.

The journal

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is a well-impacted Open Access journal (Q1 in Public, Environmental, & Occupational Health), indexed on Scopus, PubMed and Web of Science.


The Call for Paper is open from October 2nd 2020 to December 31st 2021.


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