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by Dr Daniel
Smith, Professor Nick Craddock,
Professor Mick O’Donovan and
Professor Mike Owen
Last updated: January 2010
Major advances in
recent years mean that genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics
as they relate to psychiatry can no longer be
ignored. Patients and their families are increasingly aware of
the powerful contribution of genetic predisposition to disorders
such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Alzheimer’s
Every psychiatrist, therefore, needs to know
more about psychiatric genetics, not just to be able to advise
their patients, but also because research in this area is producing
considerable advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology
of mental illness.
In this module, we take a look at the
research methods used in psychiatric genetics, showing
how this field of research is relevant to clinical psychiatry
and highlighting recent advances and their implications for
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