Maternal smoking during pregnancy and bipolar disorder in offspring


In this podcast, Dr Ardesheer Talati talks to Dr Raj Persaud about his latest research into the association between exposure to smoking during pregnancy and the risk for bipolar disorder. In addition, he discusses the link between brain imaging and depression, following on from his involvement in a three-generational study into the transmission of depression among offspring, as explored in a recent podcast with Professor Myrna Weissman.


Date published: 28th April 2017

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Dr Ardesheer Talati

Audio running time: 23 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the advantages of conducting a three-generational family study into the rates of transmission of depression among offspring


  • the significance of brain markers and functional MRI studies in linking clinical outcomes and psychological disorder


  • the association between prenatal smoking and offspring psychopathology


  • the biological underpinnings of the transmission of bipolar disorder associated with smoking during pregnancy


  • the limitations of research into prenatal exposure outcomes from smoking compared with the use of other substances.


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If you like this podcast, you may also be interested in the following:


Podcast Long-term outcomes for the offspring of depressed parents with Professor Myrna Weissman


Module Diagnosing bipolar depression by Professor Eleni Palazidou

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