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Program ID: Innovation Anthology #871
Program Date: 05/25/2017
Program Category: Alberta, Health and Medicine, Social Sciences, Women in Science

Disaster Study Looks At DNA Role In Resilience

Dr. Dawn Kingston is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

She is part of a team of researchers investigating disaster resilience and longterm
health impacts on Alberta families.   In this case, the 2013 High River Flood.

One aspect of her study is looking at  changes in children's DNA because of adverse reactions to the disaster. 

DR. DAWN KINGSTON : And the part where we're getting the genetic information and the stress hormone is coming from the children providing saliva samples.  So we're getting the children to spit for us.  So once we get the samples, they come into a lab in Calgary.  And then we extract the DNA from them and the RNA.  We've got another separate kit  that will be analyzed for stress hormones and stress chemiclaas.  So is there a relationship between early adversity and what we're seeing in certain children's DNA who have been exposed to adversity and those haven't.  

Dr Dawn Kingston hopes the study will highlight potential markers for children at risk, and help mitigate problems that arise at school, for example.

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