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Blossom Early Adversity & Brain Health Programme is dedicated to investigating the effects of early life adversity on later life brain health, including mental health, cognition and dementia.

© Sarah Bauermeister
Resilience: The capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties

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Adverse early life experiences such as sexual, emotional, physical abuse and deprivation have a negative effect on later life biopsychosocial outcomes. Our group explores associations between these early life experiences and outcomes through the analysis of large population and clinical cohort datasets. By understanding the relationship between self-report retrospective early adversity and adult outcomes, intervention programmes aimed at ameliorating negative effects may be considered. Also these associations aid in the understanding of resilience and how some people remain unaffected by early life adverse and traumatic experiences.

Our group works with global multi-modal data sources including questionnaire, genetic and imaging data to further the understanding of the mechanistic pathways of early adversity on brain health. Global datasets are accessed through the Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) Data Portal and through other independent data sources. The Blossom group is lead by Dr Sarah Bauermeister and researchers are affiliated to the Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Oxford and global institutions. 

External team members

Dr Delia Gheorghe - Transylvanian Institute of Neuroscience, Romania

Dr Morgane Kuenzi - University of Geneva, Switzerland 

Dr Ruby Tsang - University of Bristol, UK 

Dr Sylvia Ralovska - Consultant psychiatrist

Collaborators

Dr Mark Ward - University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr Daniel Fatori - University of Sao Paolo, Brazil 

Pedro Bacchi - University of Sao Paolo, Brazil 

Hyunjoon Lee - Mass Gen Hospital Harvard, USA

Acknowledgements 

Professor John Gallacher, Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)  - Mentorship 

Juliet Kirsten Art - Blossom logo 

Joshua Bauermeister - Data management

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