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Your Environment. Your Health.

NIH Transgenerational Workshop

April 21-22, 2016

Transgenerational Inheritance – State of the Science

This workshop will explore the current research on transgenerational inheritance – the inheritance of acquired phenotypes that persist across several generations, even after the inducing factor has been removed. Since this phenomenon was first described in the early 2000s, a number of examples of transgenerational inheritance in animal models have been described by researchers, following exposures to environmental chemicals, nutritional changes, and a variety of other stressors.


The goals of this workshop are to showcase the breadth of research on transgenerational inheritance going on across the NIH, and to chart a course for this emerging field as it continues to move forward. Through formal talks and panel discussions, invited speakers will provide an overview of the field, examples of transgenerational inheritance resulting from many different types of exposure, will discuss unexplored potential mechanisms for transmission of this information across generations, illustrate the use of non-mammalian models in studying this phenomenon, and provide perspective on what these studies might tell us about human health. A poster session will provide an opportunity for investigators and trainees to present their own work on this topic.


Confirmed speakers include:

  • Tracy Bale
  • Tracie Baker
  • Marisa Bartolomei
  • Bruce Blumberg
  • Susan Erdmann
  • Emily Harville
  • Leena Hilakivi-Clarke
  • Scott Kennedy
  • David Martin
  • Joseph Nadeau
  • Mark Rothstein
  • Michael Skinner
  • Fair Vassoler
  • Wei Yan

Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda (148KB) and meeting book (944KB) are now available for download! Please note we will not be providing printed copies of the agenda at the meeting. The meeting will run:
Thursday, April 21: 8:30 a.m. - 5:25 p.m.
Friday, April 22: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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