Assistant Professor Hudson Santos‘s abstract “Sexual Epigenetic Dimorphism in the Placenta and Positive Child Health,” was rated top-three for presentation at the 2019 International Society for Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Congress. His presentation will be highlighted at a special session of the Congress on November 9, 2019.
Along with his team, Santos also published the paper, “Epigenome-wide DNA methylation in placentas from preterm infants: association with maternal socioeconomic status” in the journal Epigenetics. To the team’s knowledge, theirs is among the first studies to explore the association between socioeconomic status (SES) factors and placental DNA methylation using an epigenome-wide approach. Their findings suggest that socioeconomic adversity is associated with imprints on the epigenome and may be linked to biological embedding of SES adversity, which could affect long-term child outcomes.