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Record-breaking grant: New research project to investigate the causes of mental disorders
Date:3/19/2012

tudying the interplay between genetic and environmental factors and thereby find new targets for treatment. The perspective is to offer better and individualized treatment, providing a better life for each individual patient with the disorder and perhaps even ways to prevent the development of the disorder in some cases, he says.

Professor Mikael Rrth, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Lundbeck Foundation, is pleased with the research opportunities that the new grant will offer:

- Mental disorders are determined by a combination of genetic and psycho-social factors. The research project will combine unique Danish registers and biobanks and is expected to pave the way for better treatment in the future, says Dr. Rrth.

International collaboration

iPSYCH consists of leading researchers within psychiatry, genetics and register-based research. The team collaborates with e.g. the SSI (Statens Serum Institut) under the Danish Ministry of Health, Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI), deCode Genetics in Iceland and the Genetic Biobank of the Faroe Islands. In combination, this will provide unique opportunities for creating ground breaking new knowledge, which may result in better and more individualized treatment of patients by considering genetic profile, environmental factors and clinical symptoms in combination.

The iPSYCH project team consists of the following researchers:

  • Professor Anders Brglum, Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital (Scientific Director of iPSYCH): anders@humgen.au.dk; tel: +45 8716 7768 or +45 60202720
  • Professor Ole Mors, Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital: nielmors@rm.dk; tel: + 45 7847 1166
  • Professor Preben Bo Mortensen, Aarhus University: pbm@ncrr.dk; tel:. +45 8716 5359
  • Professor Thomas Werge, Mental Health Services in the Capital Re
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Contact: Kirsten Olesen
kol@sun.au.dk
(45) 23-38-24-44
Aarhus University
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