Telomeres as integrative markers of exposure to stress and adversity
28 November 11:30
58a Banbury Road, Pauling Centre
Dr Pepper is currently working with Daniel Nettle and Melissa Bateso in their COMSTAR lab in the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution at Newcastle University. Her research interests are around socioeconomic differences in experiences, attitudes and behaviours, and their relationship to inequalities in health and ageing.
Telomeres have been proposed as a biomarker that integrates the impacts of different kinds of stress and adversity into a common currency. They are also considered a potential marker of, and perhaps even a mechanism underlying, life history strategies. Dr Pepper will present the results of her meta-analysis of the literature relating telomere measures to stresses and adversities in humans.