Research

VCU, Swedish study finds schizophrenia risk better predicted by deviation in intelligence from family

The degree to which an individual deviates in intelligence from their family is a more accurate predictor of schizophrenia development than the individual’s intelligence alone, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Lund University in Sweden.

The study confronts the conventional wisdom that low intelligence alone is a sufficient risk factor for schizophrenia development, going further to say that the risk for schizophrenia development is more accurately indexed by the degree to which an individual diverges ... Continue Reading →

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Exploring The Psychometrics Of The RBIQ

A 2016 Forbes Day Presentation by Jessica Bourdon on Exploring The Psychometrics Of The Retrospective Behavioral Inhibition Questionnaire.

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The Genetics Of Intelligence – Part 2

Professor Emeritus Dr. Lindon Eaves, D.Sc. presents an insightful seminar at the Principles of Human Behavioral Genetics class on March 01, 2016 at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

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The Genetics Of Intelligence – Part 1

Professor Emeritus Dr. Lindon Eaves, D.Sc. presents an insightful seminar at the Principles of Human Behavioral Genetics class on February 29, 2016 at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

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Dr. Vladimirov Receives $400K Alcohol Dependence Grant

Vladimir Vladimirov, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded a two-year grant from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the amount of $419,375 to study the genome-wide expression patterns of genes and miRNA in the nucleus accumbens and prefrontal cortex from subjects with alcohol dependence (AD) and healthy controls. The award has two main goals: i) identify AD-relevant gene and miRNA networks and ii) detect genetic polymorphisms found to be associated with AD from genome-wide association studies ... Continue Reading →

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VCU researchers and international partners first to identify shared risk genes for anxiety disorders

In the largest and most comprehensive study of its kind, researchers have successfully identified two novel genetic variants that could increase risk for the five primary anxiety disorders. The findings are the result of an international collaboration among 34 researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University and throughout academic institutions in the United States, Europe and Australia.

The international research team looked at genetic risk factors that are common across the five primary anxiety disorders identified in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical ... Continue Reading →

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Genetic Epidemiology

A Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics site review presentation presented by Kenneth Kendler, M.D.

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Molecular Genetics and Genomics

A Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics site review presentation presented by Brien Riley, Ph.D.

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Student researches ‘subtle biological differences’ of addiction

Binge drinking is a growing problem in the United States, but are all problem drinkers the same? That is a question Virginia Commonwealth University student Megan Cooke hopes to answer.

Cooke has been interested in alcohol dependence and alcohol use behavior since receiving a postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award to work at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She quickly realized the importance of genetic influences in the development of addiction — “Ignoring [the genetics] would be ignoring ... Continue Reading →

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Structural Modeling and Biostatistics

A Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics site review presentation presented by Michael Neale, Ph.D. and Silviu-Alin Bacanu, Ph.D.

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