8:00am     Registration

8:30-8:45am     Welcome & Opening Remarks: Tracy Bale, PhD, University of Maryland and Daniel R. Weinberger, MD, Lieber Institute for Brain Development

8:45-10:45am      Session 1: Biology of the placenta    

Leptin in Pregnancy, an (Energy) Balancing Act   

Laura Schulz, PhD, University of Missouri

Genome-scale fluctuations in the cytotrophoblast epigenome over gestation and in placental pathologies   

Susan J. Fisher, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Placental mTOR signaling: The link between obstetrical complications and neurodevelopment?   

Thomas Jansson, MD, PhD, University of Colorado, Denver

Investigating placenta development and pathology with gene expression data 

Brian Cox, PhD, University of Toronto

10:45-11:00am     Break

11:00am-12:30pm     Session 2: Transplacental signals and neurodevelopment

Programming prenatal female resilience: placental epigenetic mechanisms of the X    

Tracy Bale, PhD, University of Maryland

Prenatal exposures and placental serotonin: a pathway for the developmental programming of mental disorders

Alexandre Bonnin, PhD, University of Southern California

In Vivo Assessment of the Placental Anatomy and Perfusion: A Key to Fetal Neurodevelopment

Irina Burd, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

12:30-1:45pm      Lunch Break (See: Map of Dining Options)

1:45 – 3:45pm      Session 3:  Placenta health and child development

Epigenetic Biomarkers at Birth Using Placenta Samples from a Prospective High-Risk Autism Study

Janine LaSalle, PhD, University of California, Davis

Using placenta biomarkers to inform etiologic questions in child health – examples from the EARLI study

Dani Fallin, PhD,  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Placenta and inter-generational health: findings from the Boston Birth Cohort

Xiaobin Wang, ScD,  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Role of Placental Biology in Risk for Psychiatric Disorders

Daniel R. Weinberger, MD,  Lieber Institute for Brain Development

3:45-4:00pm      Break

4:00-5:00pm      Keynote Lecture

Placental Exosomes and Maternal-fetal Communication

Yoel Sadovsky, MD, University of Pittsburgh

5:00-5:15pm      Wrap-up & Discussion