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Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development

University of Maryland neuroscientist Tracy Bale does advanced research in epigenetics--changes in gene activity that don’t actually alter DNA but can be passed along to offspring. Bale focuses on health disparities, like how stress affects the way a child’s brain develops and how reading can be good medicine for a stressed brain. She describes one of the goals of the project she started at Callaway Elementary called “Reading on the Brain.” Artist Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen joins the conversation and tells of working with the pupils to open other ways of expressing the science of their brains.

For information on the mural project visit this link. For information about Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development visit this link.

To watch a WMAR video of students making a mural, visit this link.

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