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Neuropsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Harnessing Rare Variants

February 11, 2021 | 10:00AM EST | 3:00PM UTC*
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This is an unprecedented time in psychiatric genetics. There are now hundreds of rare genetic variants that are strongly associated with neuropsychiatric traits and psychiatric diseases. Many individual teams are making progress studying a given gene or genomic interval, and the time is right for knowledge transfer across teams. This conference is driven by three emerging concepts. First, the discovery of rare variants with large effects for neuropsychiatric disorders provides a new avenue for understanding the underlying mechanisms of more common disorders. Second, these rare variants are often associated with multiple neurodevelopmental or neuropsychiatric disorders, suggesting that there are common underlying biological pathways that confer susceptibility to disease; this finding simultaneously suggests that genetic and epigenetic modifiers play a key role in determining the phenotype of specific individuals. Third, large scale collaborative efforts and harmonized frameworks for data collection are starting to enable more fine-grained, quantitative and even longitudinal phenotyping of probands and relatives, allowing us to move beyond the relatively gross characterization of categorical Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnoses. These new findings underscore the need for interaction between geneticists, neurobiologists and clinical scientists, and this meeting sets the stage for such cross-cutting collaborations.

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Program Details

Keynote Speaker

Anthony Fauci, PhD

Anthony S. Fauci, MD
NIAID, National Institutes of Health

Speaking at this eSymposia

Wendy K. Chung

Columbia University, USA

John N. Constantino

Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Elise Robinson

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Broad Institute, USA

Mustafa Sahin

Boston Children's Hospital, USA

Stephan Sanders

University of California, San Francisco

Jacob Vorstman

University of Toronto, USA





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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1R13CA254450-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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