Stigma, Education, and Understanding in Mental Illness
Professor David Porteous notes that there is an unnecessary stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, which impedes our understanding.
The ethical considerations are considerable and I think that it's right and proper that there is a very careful ethical review as to how clinical studies, prospective and retrospective, are conducted. I don't see there being any particular additional ethical constraints researching in the area of schizophrenia over, say, heart disease. But what we do need to do is have a more open policy in discussing these sorts of problems in lay circles, in the media, and in education circles as a whole. We've achieved that for cancer, over the last generation or so, from it being a condition you just did not discuss to one which we now readily discuss because understand it so much better and that's a transformation that I'd like to see hopefully in my lifetime and certainly over the next generation's lifetime in the area of major mental illness.
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Professor David Porteous explains that psychiatric disorders are a major problem worldwide and badly in need of major research funding.
Professor David Porteous predicts that gene medicines such as gene therapy will improve the effectiveness of treating psychiatric disorders.
Professor David Porteous describes how his group was first alerted to the DISC1 gene, which was found in a family with a pedigree of schizophrenia and psychoses.
An overview of schizophrenia-related content on Genes to Cognition Online.
Professor David Skuse discusses the importance of having standardized instruments when assessing clinical disorders such as autism.
Kay Jamison discusses that although there is a stigma associated with psychiatric disorders, people's attitudes have begun to change for the better.
Disrupted in Schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a candidate gene for schizophrenia.
Professor David Lewis explains that schizophrenic individuals can have coordination problems, which may relate to impaired neural circuits.
Professor David Lewis explains that positive symptoms of schizophrenia are currently more treatable than the negative symptoms.
Professor David Porteous discusses how his group discovered the DISC1 gene, which is a balanced translocation between chromosomes 1 and 11.