Panel I: Prenatal Cannabis Use and Neonatal Outcomes
Speaker I: Dr. Ingunn Lund, PhD, MSc, Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Presentation Title: Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Child Internalizing and Externalizing Problems: An Extended Sibling Control Study
Bio: Dr. Ingunn Lund is a Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and she received her MSc in Social Psychology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and her PhD from the Medical Faculty, University of Oslo. She spent a year in the US as a Fulbright scholar. Her main research interests include consequences for children from prenatal exposure to legal and illegal substances, and from parental substance use and abuse. She is the Principal Investigator for a project where the primary aim is to investigate the putative long-term effects of parental drinking in regard to their children’s mental health, substance use, and workforce non-participation using combined survey and register data that includes long-term follow up of more than 8,000 children and parent dyads/triads.
Speaker II: Dr. Celina Irinea Valencia, DrPH, Policy Advisor to the Office of Migrant Health for the Mexico Ministry of Health
Presentation Title: Prenatal Cannabis Exposure: Current State of Evidence
Bio: Dr. Celina Irinea Valencia, DrPH, is a Policy Advisor to the Office of Migrant Health for the Mexico Ministry of Health. Dr. Valencia earned her Doctorate of Public Health in Public Health Policy and Management at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Utilizing a social epidemiological approach, Dr. Valencia considers the ways which social forces influence health trends. Specifically, Dr. Valencia focuses on the social realities that are unique to the United States/Mexico border region. Dr. Valencia has published on structural barriers for accessing medical marijuana in the United States, and the association of medical marijuana laws and opioid drug use rates in Arizona. Dr. Valencia was born and raised in a rural town located on the Arizona/Mexico border. Living at the cultural, linguistic, and economic intersection of two worlds has developed a distinct lens that guides Dr. Valencia’s research inquiries.
Speaker III: Dr. Hanan El Marroun, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Medical Center
Presentation Title: Prenatal Cannabis Exposure and Child Neurodevelopment: A Tolerated Matter
Bio: Dr. Hanan El Marroun, PhD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Medical Center. Dr. Marroun has a background in both neurosciences as epidemiology, which she combines in her research. Her research line has mainly focused on the short- and long-term neurodevelopmental consequences of prenatal exposure to cannabis and maternal smoking. Next to this research line, she investigates the neurodevelopmental consequences of prenatal exposure to antidepressants and depression. Further, Dr. El Marroun is currently collaborating in studies examining prenatal exposure to pain medication (such as acetaminophen) and child neurodevelopment. In terms of child neurodevelopment, her focus is on cognition, emotional and behavioral functioning and structural neuroimaging.