Tag Archives: genetics

Bipolar disorder gene research raises new areas for study

This article appeared in Psychiatric News on June 3, 2013 Melvin McInnis, M.D.: The effects of antipsychotic medication on the brains of patients with bipolar disorder may be as much biological as behavioral. Photo: Aaron Levin, Psychiatric News Melvin McInnis, M.D., developed his interest in bipolar disorder shortly after training at London’s Maudsley Hospital. Bipolar patients

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U-M among international group to find genetic variants that may contribute to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia

Several newly discovered genetic variants may increase the risk of developing bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or both, according to an international research consortium that includes the University of Michigan School of Public Health and U-M Health System. Laura Scott, associate research scientist at U-M SPH, led the SPH group that participated along with more than 250

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Scientists explore new link between genetics, alcoholism and the brain

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System have uncovered a new link between genetic variations associated with alcoholism, impulsive behavior and a region of the brain involved in craving and anxiety. The results, published online April 12 in Molecular Psychiatry, suggest that variations in the GABRA2 gene contribute to the risk of alcoholism by

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Stressors raise depression risk in people with gene allele

The association between variations in the serotonin transporter gene and the development of depression in response to life stress—first elucidated in a now-famous 2003 report in Science—has been confirmed by meta-analysis. Moreover, the analysis refines the association by showing that specific stressors, such as childhood maltreatment or the presence of a specific medical condition, appear

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