Genetics of Brain and Mind Disorders (BMRI5017)


This unit of study provides a comprehensive introduction to the research methods involved in identification and characterisation of genetic variants underlying neuropsychiatric disorders. The first part of the unit will focus on the statistical methods to quantify the contribution of genetic factors to disorders in the population. Heredity and epidemiology of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental will be discussed. The course will then discuss concepts of genetic architecture and linkage and students will learn to use the bioinformatics tools involved in characterising this. Methods used to examine and control gene expression in animal models will also be explored. Through the course students will have the opportunity to investigate in depth the genetic etiology of a particular neuropsychiatric disorder of interest.

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12pm-2pm Monday week 2, 9am-5pm Monday weeks 4, 7 and 11


lab report (30%), literature review (40%), extended response questions (30%)


Strachan, T., Read, A. (2011) Human Molecular Genetics 4th Ed. Garland Science

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