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Congress Program
The program for the Prenatal Stress Congress 2019 is as follows:

June 5

18:30 Get-Together Party
Venue: Turku City Hall, Aurakatu 2  

June 6

10:00 Hasse Karlsson: Opening words
Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), Saara Kankaanrinta, Chair of the Board, Co-Founder: Baltic Sea, Climate & Biodiversity

Session I. Chair: Hasse Karlsson 

10:15 Keynote 1: Michelle Fernandes, University of Oxford, UK: Darwin’s euphemism: A cautionary tale about the programming effects of prenatal maternal depression on fetal (and infant) stress responses from rural South India

11:00 Jetro Tuulari, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study and University of Oxford, Department of Psychiatry, UK: Key brain imaging findings from the FinnBrain Neuroimaging Lab and future directions

11:30 Henriette Acosta, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Does infant genotype shape the effects of prenatal stress on infant brain structure?

12:00 Lunch

Session II. Chair: Riikka Korja
Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association, Hanna Haaksi, Project manager: Keeping the archipelago clean for the past 50 years and many to come

13:00 Keynote 2: Ana João Rodrigues, University of Minho, ICVS, Portugal: Long term impact of prenatal glucocorticoid exposure in the brain

13:45 Saara Nolvi, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Department of Medical Psychology, Germany and University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Prenatal stress and genetic factors as predictors of postnatal plasticity to environment

14:15 Eeva-Leena Kataja, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Face processing as an early marker of social-emotional development - how individual and pre- and postnatal environmental factors associate with it?

14:45 Coffee & posters

Session III. Chair: Alex Dickens 

15:15 Keynote 3: Siobhain O'Mahony, University of Cork, APC Microbiome Institute, Ireland: The enduring effects of early life stress on the brain-gut-microbiota axis

16:00 Flash talks

• Barbara Landon, St. George’s University School of Medicine & Windward Islands Education and Research Foundation, Grenada: Saving brains Grenada—preventing child maltreatment in the Caribbean

• Juliane Corleis, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany: The impact of psychotherapeutic and telemedical interventions on maternal health and mother-infant interaction

• Johanna Pietikäinen, University of Helsinki, Helsinki University Hospital, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland and Tiina Taka-Eilola, University of Oulu, Basic Health Care District of Kallio, Finland: Proposal for developing perinatal psychiatric services in Finland

• Jan Terock, HELIOS Hanseklinikum Stralsund, University Medicine Greifswald, Germany: Childhood trauma and adult resilience in the general population: main effects and interaction with rs1360780 of the FKBP5 gene

• Philipp Toepfer, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Germany: Maternal intrusive parenting and infant regulation of negative affect - the moderating role of a functional oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) variant

16:30 Poster session with snacks and wine

17:30 Closing of the day

19:30 Conference dinner (not included in the registration fee)
Venue: Restaurant Tårget Piazza, Linnankatu 3 (

June 7

Session IV. Chair: Hasse Karlsson

10:00 Keynote 4: Tallie Z. Baram, University of California, Irvine, USA: How novel types of early-life adversity influence brain circuit maturation and function - from the clinic to the lab-and back

10:45 Riikka Korja, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Maternal unpredictable interaction signals and child’s development - Findings from FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study

11:15 Jonna Lehikoinen, The Federation of Mother and Child Homes and Shelters, Finland: Using research to support practices with high-risk families. 

12:00 Lunch

Session V. Chair: Linnea Karlsson

13:00 Keynote 5: Christine Parsons, University of Århus, Denmark: Understanding the neurobiology of early parenting: from basic science to interventions

13:45 Hasse Karlsson, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Is it possible that the effects of paternal early life stress are inherited to the next generation?

14:15 Coffee & posters

Session VI. Chair: Jetro Tuulari

14:45 Minna Lukkarinen, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Prenatal stress and pediatric outcomes - findings from the FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study

15:15 Linnea Karlsson, University of Turku, FinnBrain Birth Cohort Study: Gut goes brain: how is gut microbiome related to child and adolescent psychiatric disorders?

15:45 Hasse Karlsson: Closing words

16:00 End of the conference