Dr. Naima Lajud Avila, a visiting scholar to Dr. Anthony Kline’s lab at the Safar Center, recently presented the first lecture of the Resuscitation and Neurocritical Care Research lecture series for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Her lecture, titled “Early Life Stress and HPA Axis Programing: Insights into traumatic brain injury (TBI) Vulnerability,” addressed her ongoing work on the impact of early life stress on behavioral, histopathological, and molecular outcomes, along with neurogenesis in pre-clinical models of TBI in the developing brain. It has special relevance to the infants suffering TBI from child abuse.

Dr. Lajud Avila has been a visiting scholar to Safar Center Associate Director Dr. Anthony Kline’s laboratory several times in the past few years, and her current visit is funded by an International Collaborative Program grant from her institution. She was recently appointed to the position of Assistant Professor at her home institution, the Mexican Social Security System. Dr. Lajud Avila graduated with honors from the biomedical Science Ph.D. program at the Biomedical Research Program of the National Autonomous University in Mexico. She was a DAAD international fellow in Dr. Inga Neumann’s group in Regensburg University in Germany as an undergrad, as well as a Ricardo Miledy member of the Society for Neuroscience.

She was awarded the Alan Faden Award by the Society for Neurotrauma, the Hugo Arechiga Fellowship, as well as two International Brain Research Fellowships to attend international summer schools in France and Greece.