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Studying adversity’s effects on children’s brains

Gift will expand research examining effects of environmental stress on brain development

by Channing Suhl, Jim Dryden & Tricia HendricksMay 16, 2020

Joan Luby, MD, observes a parent and child through a one-way mirror and, using a microphone and earpiece.Matt Miller

This story was originally published in Outlook magazine with the title “Nature vs. nurture.”

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Channing is a Senior Editor for printed and web-based publications at Washington University School of Medicine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jim retired from Washington University in 2023. While at WashU, Jim covered psychiatry and neuroscience, pain and opioid research, orthopedics, diabetes, obesity, nutrition and aging. He formerly worked at KWMU (now St. Louis Public Radio) as a reporter and anchor, and his stories from the Midwest also were broadcast on NPR. Jim hosted the School of Medicine's Show Me the Science podcast, which highlights the outstanding research, education and clinical care underway at the School of Medicine. He has a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.