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 disorders will be discussed. The course will then discuss concepts of genetic architecture and linkage and students will learn to use bioinformatics tools. Methods used to examine and control gene expression in animal models will also be explored. This is capstone unit of study that will require students to develop over the semester an original piece of scholarship on one of the issues raised by the lectures. Through the course students use bioinformatics tools to study gene regions inherited with a disorder of interest and validate candidate gene. The research report will be carried out in two parts over semester and will require significant research and critique of the relevant literature.

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2hr seminar week 1, one day workshop week 4, 8 and 12


research report part 1 (30%), research report part 2 (40%), extended response questions (30%)


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

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This is a capstone unit of study.

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