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WOCNext 2021

203 - Body Wisdom: How Biologic Embedding of Childhood Adversity Impacts Adult GI and GU Health

Jun 24, 2021 10:45am ‐ Jun 24, 2021 11:45am

Standard: $5.00


Biologic patho-mechanisms related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on GI and GU systems’ health are emerging from population level studies. Research increasingly demonstrates that a chronically activated stress response, particularly in childhood, shifts allostasis from healthy to maladaptive processes, impacting brain development and immune and endocrine systems’ functionality via epigenetic influences. This session will review the critical connections between childhood adversity, chronic inflammation, and GI/GU chronic disease in adulthood

Learning Objective:
  • Learners will be able to describe the biological influence of childhood adversity on adult chronic disease occurrence in the GI and GU systems.


  • Dr. Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN-AP, CRNP, ANEF, FNAP, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and WOCNEP Director, Rutgers University Camden
  • Rebecca Bryan, DNP, AGPCNP, APN, Director of Community Outreach and Professional Development, Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden

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