Progress in Understanding the Genetic Basis of Mental Health

  • Speaker
  • Benjamin Neale, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Associate Professor, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associated Researcher, Broad Institute
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The past decade has seen rapid progress in mapping genetic risk factors for autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In this talk, Benjamin Neale will review this progress, delving into how study designs and genetic variants are teaching us about different aspects of mental health. With that backdrop, he will then introduce the International Common Disease Alliance (ICDA), a nascent effort to bring the community together to tackle the challenge of moving from genetic maps to biological mechanisms and medicine. The ICDA has developed a set of recommendations for realizing the promise of human genetics to transform our understanding of and treatment for common diseases, such as autism.

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About the Speaker

Neale is an associate professor in the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he directs the Genomics of Public Health Initiative. He is also an associate professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and an institute member at the Broad Institute. Neale is strongly committed to gaining insights into the genetics of common, complex human diseases. Neale and Mark Daly, both of whom are associated with the Broad Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital, lead the ADHD Initiative. This collaborative effort focuses on genomic studies of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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