“Let’s Talk About Women” is a podcast initiative of the International Research Training Group (IRTG) 2804 (Tübingen x Uppsala), which investigates women’s mental health across the reproductive lifespan.

Here we share insights from interdisciplinary research on women’s mental health by talking to experts in fields of neuroscience, psychology, biology, and medicine. Beyond that, we will shed light on ongoing doctoral projects among our PhD candidates to get a glimpse into state-of-the-art and hot-topic research.

This podcast is not only for fellow researchers inside and outside the area of women’s mental health, but also for people interested in science and curious about this topic!

Latest Episode: EP 11 – Let’s Talk About the Parental Brain

Tune in to this episode for an enlightening conversation on the profound transformations of the brain in transition to mother- and parenthood: PhD candidate Franziska is interviewing Dr. Magdalena Martínez-García, researcher in the “Neuromaternal” group in Madrid.

Using longitudinal neuroimaging studies, she and her team investigate structural and functional neuroplasticity across different stages of pregnancy and beyond. Don’t miss out and join us when we dive into how (and why) both the maternal and paternal/parental brains are shaped by pregnancy, experience as well as time shared with the offspring.

Timestamps: 00:00 Introduction 01:44 What happens during pregnancy within the mother’s body? 04:00 What is neuroplasticity? 06:05 Neuroplasticity during pregnancy 18:18 Do pregnancy-related changes in the brain reverse? 23:35 Why does the brain of mothers-to-be change? 27:20 Why we should NOT be scared of pregnancy-related neuroplasticity and brain volume shrinkage! 32:02 What are neural plasticity mechanisms during pregnancy in human mothers? 37:01 Research on brains of fathers and parents 42:03 Time spent with the child matters: experience-induced plasticity 43:46 What is the importance of research on the parental brain? 47:20 Summary 50:25 The next step in research on neuroplasticity of peripartum and parenthoodMany thanks to Julia Siódmiak for contributing to this episode!

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