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Ask the Expert with Donna Jackson Nakazawa

"How Our Biographies Become Our Biologies: The Link between Adversity in Childhood and Sickness in Adulthood "

This Ask the Expert is part of the Educate, Inspire, Support Monthly Speaker Series, produced in partnership with the Child Parent Institute, the Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition, and CalTICA (a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources)

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am PDT

Location: Online

Register HERE.  After you register you will receive a link to the pre-recording.

This event is structured as a live Q&A session. Prior to the session, attendees will receive a link to a recorded presentation by Donna on topics such as:

  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) background
  • Do certain ACEs have more effect on the brain and body?
  • Gender differences in the impact of adverse childhood experiences
  • Along with information on Epigenetics, trauma and schools, social media and more!

After you watch the pre-recorded session, you can email your questions for Donna to Emma Edwards at  You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the live Q&A session on February 10th.

Presenter Bio: Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. She is the author of six books, including her forthcoming book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine (Random House/Ballantine, January 2020), which illuminates the newly-understood role of microglia – an elusive type of brain cell capable of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered, microglia can morph into destroyers and take down synapses, causing depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s. But under the right circumstances, they can be angelic healers, repairing the brain in ways that can help alleviate symptoms and prevent disease. Hailed as “riveting,” “stunning,” and “visionary,” The Angel and the Assassin elucidates the biological basis behind the mind-body connection and offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health.

Course Description: Conventional wisdom tells us what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. But the science tells us that, far more often, the opposite is true. The pre-recorded presentation will include groundbreaking information on how childhood adversity can lead to health problems later in life. Building on ACEs research, Donna Jackson Nakazawa will show us that chronic stress can affect our brains, behavior – and even our immune systems. She'll provide practical tips on what parents, mentors and caregivers can do to help build healthy children.  Then you'll have the opportunity to email your questions ahead of time or ask them during the live Q&A session on February 10th.

Additional Information:

A link to join the webinar will be sent after you register, along with the pre-recording.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 

For additional information please contact Emma Edwards at

Information About Our Sponsors:

Child Parent Institute, formerly California Parenting Institute, is a parent education and children’s mental health agency serving families throughout Sonoma County since 1978. Find out more at

The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition represents ten counties coordinating resources, advocating for public policy, producing conferences and trainings and sharing best practices. You can visit their site at

The California Trauma Informed Care Academy (CalTICA) is a project of CIR, designed to provide a baseline on the neurobiology of trauma and best practices for multidisciplinary professionals. The course is free and available online 24/7 at


Produced by the Child Parent Institute in partnership with the CATTA Center and CalTICA, projects of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch and The Greater Bay Area Child Abuse Prevention Council Coalition.

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