About this event

  • Date and time Mon 28 Sep 2020 from 5:00pm to 6:05pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Medical Genetics, Psychiatry

The first webinar in The genetics of… series.This highly-requested webinar aims to unpack the role of genetics in mental health conditions and demonstrate how genetic studies have shed light on the range of normality in the spectrum of mental health. Talks from renowned researchers will focus on key areas such as polygenic risk scores and genetic liability to neuropsychiatric disorders. 

During this webinar you will:

  • Understand the role of genetics in mental health conditions
  • Know about how scientific studies provide insight into genetic factors behind mental health conditions
  • Acknowledge how polygenic risk scores could be used to predict mental health conditions

The genetics of…… series has been developed following feedback from delegates attending the Genetics of COVID-19 webinars over the last few weeks. Presented by the Medical Genetics section of the Royal Society of Medicine, this series of talks will focus on the role of genetics in different areas of health and well-being.

 

Key speakers

Cathryn Lewis

Professor Cathryn Lewis

Statistical Genetics Unit, Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, King's College London

Speaker's biography

Cathryn Lewis is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology & Statistics at King’s College London, where she is Head of Department at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, She co-chairs the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Major Depressive Disorder Working group, an international collaborative group dissecting the genetics of depression. She leads the NIHR Maudsley BRC Biomarkers and Genomics theme focussing on translational research establishing the evidence base to use genomics in a clinical setting. Her academic training is in mathematics and statistics, and she has been involved in genetic studies since her PhD. Her multi-disciplinary research group identifies and characterises genetic variants conferring risk of disease, including depression, schizophrenia, and stroke. A major focus is risk assessment, determining how the polygenic component of mental health disorders can be measured accurately and communicated effectively.

Professor Andrew McIntosh

Chair of Biological Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (Division of Psychiatry), The University of Edinburgh

Speaker's biography

Andrew McIntosh is a psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh. He co-chairs the Major Depressive Disorder Working Group of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC) with Cathryn Lewis and leads the Generation Scotland Expert Working Group for Psychiatric Disorders. He seeks to identify the causes and consequences of depression using genomic approaches and by linking to large and routinely collected health datasets.

Dr Kimberley Kendall

Welcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Agenda

View the programme here

Welcome and introduction

Dr Melita Irving, Consultant in Clinical Genetics, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Estimating the genetic risk of developing a mental health condition

Professor Cathryn Lewis, Statistical Genetics Unit, Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, King's College London

The genetics of depression

Professor Andrew McIntosh, Chair of Biological Psychiatry, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences (Division of Psychiatry), The University of Edinburgh

Variants of neurodevelopmental genes and psychiatric disorders

Dr Kimberley Kendall, Welcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Panel discussion
Close of meeting

Location

Online

Disclaimer: All views expressed on this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. You will receive the webinar link 2 hours before the meeting. Late registrations will not be accepted.

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place.  

This webinar will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels. 

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