Early Toxic Stress and Brain Development
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The Israeli Neuropsychoanalysis Society
Invites you to this lecture
By Professor Itai Berger, MD
A specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology, and Child Development
Ms Irith Barzel – Raveh
Former head Clinical Psychologist Neuropediatric Infant Development Unit
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Israel time (UTC+3)
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In this talk we will discuss the life-long effects of toxic stress in childhood on brain development. Toxic stress is an intense, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity (such as, physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, exposure to violence, and/or the accumulated burdens of family economic hardship) without adequate adult support. This kind of prolonged activation of the stress response systems can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems, and increase the risk for stress-related disease and cognitive impairment well into adulthood. Pediatric neurologists are now armed with a wide range of biological, behavioral, and social sciences information about the adverse effects of toxic stress on brain development and have a deeper understanding of the early life origins of many adult diseases. We will review the current knowledge in this field, including recommendations for better diagnosis and treatment of such early adversity.
Prof. Itai Berger (MD) is a specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology and Child Development. Prof. Berger serves as the Head of Pediatric Neurology at Assuta-Ashdod University Hospital, and is Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva. He is also an Associate Professor (adjunct) at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His primary clinical and research interests involve:
- Early brain development.
- The factors affecting brain development are both genetic and environmental.
- The impact on long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes with a particular focus on cognitive (higher) functions and the prenatal (in-utero) environment.
Irith Barzel-Raveh is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and supervisor in Psychotherapy. She is the Founder and Chairwoman of the Israeli Neuropsychoanalytic Society, and a founder member and a Board member of the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society. She coordinated the course “Normalcy in Infancy” at the Tel Aviv University Medical School. She taught Infant Observation in collaboration with Tavistock to a range of professionals from multiple disciplines. She was a head clinical psychologist of the Neuropediatric infant development center for the Tel-Aviv area and was head of 26 well-baby transdisciplinary clinics. She is a specialist in Professor Heinz Prechtel’s method of functional assessment of fetus General Movement (functional assessment of the brain). She is enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics at Bar-Ilan University, where she is working on her dissertation under the guidance of Dr. Aner Govrin and Professor Mark Solms. She also works at her private clinic.