Genetics for psychiatrists (ARCHIVED)

Please note: This module has now been archived. It is still available to view, but please be aware when completing the module that it was last updated in 2010. A CPD certificate is available for the module, but this will be subject to the approval of your peer group.  


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Major advances in recent years mean that genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics as they relate to psychiatry can no longer be ignored. Patients and their families are increasingly aware of the powerful contribution of genetic predisposition to disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and Alzheimer’s disease.


Every psychiatrist, therefore, needs to know more about psychiatric genetics, not just to be able to advise their patients, but also because research in this area is producing considerable advances in our understanding of the pathophysiology of mental illness.


In this module, we take a look at the research methods used in psychiatric genetics, showing how this field of research is relevant to clinical psychiatry and highlighting recent advances and their implications for the future. 


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