“How far do our genes play a part in anxiety and depression? And how can we use a better understand of the causes of these conditions to improve better therapies? Neurogenetics is the study of the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders and as our understand of the make-up and functions of the human genome improve, we can use this understanding to gain insight to the biology behind these stress-related disorders.
Research at the Psychiatric Genetics Group [at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics] has already conducted a large-scale study on neuroticism, a personality trait that is a major genetic mediator of depression, and the group has also initiated a study of major depression in women in China. But the potential is much greater and could help us understand more about the genetic basis of other psychiatric conditions and even learning disabilities.”
This event is organised by Café Scientific who meet in Glasgow on the first Monday of each month – on Monday 5th December Dr Martin Hendry, a cosmologist from the University of Glasgow, will discuss “Why are we here?”.