Q. I think it’s wonderful that you got a consortium of scientists to work together to find answers on schizophrenia. What progress do you expect in the next five years?
Answer By: Patrick F. Sullivan, M.D., FRANZCP
Karolinska Institutet & University of North Carolina
In July 2014, the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium published a landmark paper that identified over 100 different genetic clues for schizophrenia. This paper used genetic information from 36,000 people with schizophrenia. The Consortium is now doing genetic assays to increase this number to 62,000 people with schizophrenia. We expect to complete this work in a few months, and the results should be available in 2016. Right now, we are now writing a grant application to increase this number to 100,000 people with schizophrenia. We hope to complete this work within four years.