The ability to combine advanced neuroimaging techniques and genetic information will fundamentally change our understanding of the brain and how it functions in disease. By applying knowledge of genetic information, Imaging Genetics can be used to determine how individual differences in genes contribute to differences in brain structure and function.
Our research is at the interface of cognitive neuroscience and genetics.
The overall aim is to provide new knowledge and understanding of the neurobiological causes of major mental illnesses through the integration of structural and functional imaging, measures of cognition, health and well-being, and behavioural and molecular genetic approaches.
The primary goals:
- disentangle the relative contributions of genetic and environmental factors on brain variation in healthy individuals
- discover some of the genes and pathways that influence brain structure and function.
Discovering genetic loci that modify or protect against brain disorders will help identify the critical molecular pathways contributing to brain deterioration or health throughout life, which in turn should improve future treatments and create the potential for prevention strategies.
We collaborate with others internationally.