Deciphering the biology behind psychiatric risk genes

Genetic studies that scan the genomes of psychiatric patients are becoming increasingly good at identifying ‘risk genes’ associated with disorders such as schizophrenia, autism and intellectual disability. However, we still know very little about the biological actions and pathways that are being genetically encoded within these risk genes. Understanding the biology behind the vulnerability to […]

Genetic insights into psychiatric disorders

Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and major mood disorders are common, with 1 in 100 people affected by schizophrenia and a lifetime prevalence of 10% for major depressive disorder. They are highly debilitating to the patient and have a profound impact on the patient’s family, as well as society in general. […]