The People of Tulane Cancer Center Research

Stacy DruryStacy Drury, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pscyhiatry and Neurology, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member

Contact Information
Phone: 504-988-1438
Address: 1440 Canal St., TB-52, New Orleans, LA 70112

Biographical Narrative
Dr. Drury explores the interaction of genetic and epigenetic factors with early experience and how this interaction shapes neurodevelopment and long-term outcomes in children. Her clinical and translational research focuses on improving outcomes in at-risk children by providing an enhanced understanding of the interaction between early life experiences, the stress response systems, and neurodevelopment.

She is the director of the Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Laboratory (BANGL). The laboratory includes both a molecular genetics basic science "wet" laboratory and translational studies exploring the impact of early life stress on neurocognitive function and the stress response system in collaboration with both the Department of Pediatrics (Kanter) and the Department of Community Health Science (Theall). Current ongoing NIH- funded research projects include studies examining the association between telomere length and other epigenetic markers and neurodevelopment in a longitudinal study of children with a history of institutional care. She is also exploring, in collaboration with the Department of Community Health Sciences the use of telomere length as a marker of the cumulative exposure to early adversity in community recruited children. The overall goal of her research is to understand how early life stress and adversity "gets under the skin" and alters neurodevelopmental trajectories creating a lasting vulnerability to a range of psychological and medical negative health outcomes.

Research positions and rotations for graduate and undergraduate students are currently available. If interested please contact Dr. Drury.

Current Funding:
2K12HD043451-06 NIH (BIRCWH Fellow) 10/1/2012-9/30/2014
R01ES020447-01: NIEHS (Theall) 09/01/11-08/31/13
R21 MH094688-01: NIMH (Drury) 7/1/11-6/31/13

Selected Publications
Drury SS, Gleason MM, Smyke AT, Theall KP, Nelson CA, Fox NA, Zeanah CH (2012) Genetic sensitivity to the caregiving context: The influence of 5httlpr and BDNF val66met on indiscriminate social behavior. Physiology and Behavior 106:728-735 DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2011.11.014

Drury SS, Theall KA, Gleason MM, Smyke AS, Divito I, Wong J, Fox NA, Zeanah CH, Nelson CH (2011) Telomere length and early social deprivation: linking early adversity and cellular aging. Molecular Psychiatry doi:10.1038/mp.2011.53

Drury SS, Scheeringa MS, Schmidt KE, Nelson CA (2010). From Biology to Behavior to the Law: Policy implications of the neurobiology of early adverse experiences. Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Fall 2010 10:25


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