Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development
Welcome to CERCH
The Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health & Brain Development (CERCH) is a centralized resource uniting basic scientists and clinicians across the university, providing them research consultation and grant services, to stimulate collaborative translational relationships in the areas of neuroscience, mental health, obstetrics and pediatrics.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to raise awareness on the factors important for healthy child development through research, education, and public outreach emphasizing the epigenetic mechanisms that influence development and long-term disease risk.
Reading on the Brain
Communicating the brain-building benefits of reading to Baltimore’s Children
CERCH is committed to engaging the Baltimore community in the science of healthy brain development. In pursuit of that goal, we’ve teamed up with Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen, renowned community engagement activist and acclaimed local artist, to bring a unique program combining science, art, and reading to Callaway Elementary School in northeast Baltimore.
Through interactive workshops and field trips to places such as a neuroscience laboratory, Reading on the Brain invites selected students to participate in the discussion and artistic interpretation of how reading improves brain development. The students learn about the different parts of the brain, how activities such as reading and meditation improve brain connectivity and help protect against the negative impact of stress on brain function and mental health. Jay then teaches the students to express their knowledge and vision through art. Ultimately, translating their work into a large community mural that will decorate Callaway Elementary School and serve as a positive message on the importance of reading for strengthening relationships and building healthy brains.