Jill Goldstein


Jill Goldstein will reveal findings from her research on “how the brain talks to the heart,” including how prenatal stress exposures and immune responses can play a role in determining sex-dependent disease onset later in life. 


Clinical neuroscientist Jill Goldstein is an expert on sex differences in the brain and their implications for understanding sex differences in psychiatric disorders and co-occurrence with medical disorders. She studies how adverse obstetric events impact the mother’s hormonal and immune responses in the womb and can affect health of the offspring across the lifespan. Jill is a Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Executive Director of the recently launched initiative on sex differences in disorders of the heart and brain called Women, Heart and Brain Global Initiative, a collaboration between MGH and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, partnering with the Women's Heart Alliance and WomenAgainstAlzheimer's.


Socioeconomic disadvantage, gestational immune activity, and neurodevelopment in early childhood, 2017.

The Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory of Sex Differences in the Brain

Sex differences in stress response circuitry activation dependent on female hormonal cycle. Journal of Neuroscience. 2010. 
Disruption of Fetal Hormonal Programming (Prenatal Stress) Implicates Shared Risk for Sex Differences in Depression and Cardiovascular Disease. Front Neuroendocrin. 2014.

Prenatal immune programming of the sex-dependent risk for major depression. Transl Psychiatry. 2016.

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Clinical Neuroscientist