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Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

Submission deadline: 30 October 2022
Special Issue Editor
  • Maria Pina Concas, PhD
    Institute for Maternal and Child Health—IRCCS, Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Psychiatric disorders constitute one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, and affect adults, adolescents, as well as children. 

These disorders are complex traits influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. Our understanding of the genetic contribution to these disorders comes primarily from parent and twin studies that have estimated high degrees of disorder heritability. For example, between 30 and 50% of major depression cases, approximately 80% of schizophrenia cases, and approximately 40% of cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder are of heritable origin.

In recent decades, genetic analyses such as genome-wide association studies have made significant progress in unraveling the genetic etiology of psychiatric disorders. However, the exact genetic contribution to these disorders is not yet fully understood. Understanding such genetic mechanisms is essential to elucidate the molecular basis of these disorders. Furthermore, a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying specific disorders could provide critical information concerning disease onset and progression, as well as uncovering critical clues for developing personalized interventions and implementing preventive strategies.

This Special Issue aims to highlight original articles and reviews on recent investigations into the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders. Studies focused on genome-wide association studies, gene-environment interaction, and whole-genome sequencing analyses are welcomed. Investigators are encouraged to submit manuscripts that seek to understand molecular mechanisms that promote the development of psychiatric disorders at the level of individual genes/proteins or their signaling/interaction networks. 

Dr. Maria Pina Concas

Guest Editor

psychiatric disorders
complex traits
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