The Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics was created in 1996 bringing together two research groups who have been collaborating since the early 1980s led respectively by Lindon Eaves, D.Sc. in the Department of Human Genetics and myself, Kenneth Kendler, M.D., Director, in the Department of Psychiatry. Now nearly two decades later the VIPBG is a thriving, multi-disciplinary research institute devoted to understanding the etiology of psychiatric and substance abuse disorders and other major biomedical conditions with substantial behavioral components using a range of genetically informed methods.
Our faculty has expertise in all the major areas of research needed to conduct the highest quality of research in psychiatric and behavioral genetics including: i) sample collection, including ascertainment, psychiatric diagnosis and assessment and neuro-psychological endophenotype assessment; ii) statistics and statistical genetics, from genetic epidemiology to the analysis of whole genome sequence and human brain imaging data; iii) molecular genetics from single marker genotypes to genome-wide datasets; iv) bioinformatics ranging from annotation and functional prediction to the use of “omics’ datasets to inform genome-wide analyses. VIPBG faculty have substantial levels of funding from a range of NIH institutes and private foundations as well as a wide array of national and international collaborations with academic and other centers in Australia, China, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Belgium.