Gene Expression Collaborative for Kids Only (GECKO)

Project number: 
Approval date: 
Monday, June 7, 2010
Principal Investigator: 
Boyce,W. Thomas
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Datasets requested: 
Early Development Instrument (Human Early Learning Partnership)
Research objective: 

To develop fundamental new knowledge of the neurobiological and genetic substrates underlying SES-atypicality that is, how early social environmental exposures and epigenetic regulation of gene expression work together to influence a childs susceptibility vs. resilience to compromised and disadvantaged social circumstances. A key concept driving the sampling frame and design of the project is this SES-typicality vs. -atypicality within community-level associations between socioeconomic status (SES) and health/developmental outcomes. The strong, linear association between SES and developmental vulnerability, for example, defines four subgroups of communities. The majority cluster within the two SES-typical groups (low SES-high vulnerability and high SES-low vulnerability) that characterize the primary association. Equally important, however, are the off-diagonal or SES-atypical communities, in which children are either anomalously resilient given their low SES neighborhoods (low SES-low vulnerability), or anomalously vulnerable for their rearing within relatively high SES settings (high SES-high vulnerability).

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