We are aware of the genetic origin of mental disorders such as the schizophrenia and bipolar disorders. In a recent international collaboration on psychiatric disorders, the research team explored the genetic interactions between these two psychiatric conditions and other related brain disorders. The research team highlights the genetic links between these two mental disorders and the neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disorder.
The research study finds its way in the journal Science. It focuses on the genetic variants related to the brain disorders. The research infers that these psychiatric disorders might have the molecular level similarities. These molecular level similarities are not reflected in the level of current diagnostic categories.
Aiden Corvin, Ben Neale, and Verneri Anttila led the current research study. Ben Neale is the director of population genetics in the Stanley Center at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Ben is also a faculty member in the Analytical and Translational Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Aiden Corvin is a professor at Trinity College Dublin. Verneri Anttila is a postdoctoral research fellow in Neale’s lab. In addition to these three, the research team is further inclusive of research scholars from about six hundred institutions across the globe.
Neale says, “This work is starting to re-shape how we think about disorders of the brain. If we can uncover the genetic influences and patterns of overlap between different disorders, then we might be able to better understand the causes of these conditions and potentially identify specific mechanisms appropriate for tailored treatments.”