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Neuroimmunology of the female brain across the lifespan: plasticity to psychopathology

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  • Ruth M. Barrientos
  • Paula Brunton
  • Katy M. Lenz
  • Leah Pyter
  • Sarah J. Spencer

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Original languageEnglish
JournalBrain, Behavior, and Immunity
Early online date11 Mar 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Mar 2019


The female brain is highly dynamic and can fundamentally remodel throughout the normal ovarian cycle as well as in critical life stages including perinatal development, pregnancy and old-age. As such, females are particularly vulnerable to infections, psychological disorders, certain cancers, and cognitive impairments. We will present the latest evidence on the female brain; how it develops through the neonatal period; how it changes through the ovarian cycle in normal individuals; how it adapts to pregnancy and postpartum; how it responds to illness and disease, particularly cancer; and, finally, how it is shaped by old age. Throughout, we will highlight female vulnerability to and resilience against disease and dysfunction in the face of environmental challenges.

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