Genomics Across Diagnostic Boundaries to Improve Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Genomics Across Diagnostic Boundaries to Improve Precision Medicine in Psychiatry

Stephan Ripke, M.D., Ph.D. presented on the enormous success of Genome Wide Association Analysis in Psychiatry over the last decade. He will also discuss how this knowledge is translating into clinical care of patients with psychiatric disease. Genome-wide association study (GWA study, or GWAS) is a look at a genome-wide set of genetic variants in different people to see if any particular variant is associated with a trait. In GWAS, research scientists typically focus on the association between a single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and major human disease. SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation among people.

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Presented by 
Stephan Ripke, M.D., Ph.D.
Stephan Ripke, M.D., Ph.D.
Massachusetts General Hospital (Simches Research Center)

Research Scientist at the Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit

2015 Young Investigator Grant

2014 Sidney R. Baer, Jr., Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.