Gene-environment interactions

 

In this podcast, Professor Jim van Os discusses the importance of gene-environment interactions in the understanding of the aetiology of psychiatric disorders. He talks about the influence of environmental factors as the causes of psychiatric disorders as well as the genetic basis for psychiatric disorder, and discusses significant laboratory research findings as evidence for their interactions.


 

Date published: 15 May 2008

Audio running time: 25 minutes

Credits: 0.5

 

Learning outcomes:

 

By the end of this podcast, we hope that you will be able to:

 

  • better appreciate the importance of gene-environment interactions in the understanding of the aetiology of psychiatric disorders
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  • understand the background to the scientific focus on gene-environment interactions
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  • better appreciate how environmental factors have the capacity to switch genes on or off
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  • recognise the role of gene switching effects from previous generations in the genetic basis for psychiatric disorder
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  • understand the way gene-environment interactions are not constant but changing throughout a lifespan.

 

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Please note: This podcast was recorded in 2008. Please be aware that some of the material covered and/or guidance may have changed.
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