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The 2016 VIPBG Excellence Awards Announced

The 2016 VIPBG Excellence Awards Announced

The Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics pre- and post-doc awards were announced on December 15, 2016. Read more »

VCU, Swedish Study Finds Resilience Protects Against Risk for Developing Alcohol Use Disorders

VCU, Swedish Study Finds Resilience Protects Against Risk for Developing Alcohol Use Disorders

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Personal Experience Leads To Career In Anxiety Disorders

Personal Experience Leads To Career In Anxiety Disorders

Dr. John “Jack” Hettema, MD., Ph.D. is investigating the genetic and environmental risk factors for anxiety disorders using both molecular genetic approaches. Read more »

The Genetic Underpinnings Of PTSD And Stress-Related Drinking

The Genetic Underpinnings Of PTSD And Stress-Related Drinking

Drinking to cope with trauma or PTSD may serve as a pathway to alcohol use disorder. Read more »

Recent Stories

Kenneth Kendler

VCU Researchers Discover Schizophrenia Risk Diminished By High IQ

Posted on 08 Dec 2014
High intelligence could protect against the development of schizophrenia in people who have a genetic predisposition for the disease, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth [more...]
Kenneth Kendler

VCU Receives $1.6 Million Grant To Study Pathways That Lead To Substance Use Disorders

Posted on 24 Oct 2014
In one of the first projects to be funded under a partnership between the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Research Council of Norway, two Virginia Commonwealth University professors [more...]

Study Reveals New Information About The Genes And Biological Pathways Involved In Schizophrenia

Posted on 22 Jul 2014
An international team of researchers has identified more than 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of an individual developing schizophrenia, according to a study published online [more...]
VCU Students

Criminal Behavior: Older Siblings Strongly Sway Younger Siblings Close In Age

Posted on 28 Apr 2014
If a sibling commits a violent criminal act, the risk that a younger sibling may follow in their footsteps is more likely than the transmission of that behavior to an [more...]

Study Examines Role Of Religious Devotion In Substance Use And Abuse

Posted on 12 Feb 2014
Analysis of religiosity in childhood and adulthood suggests that individuals who change in religiosity over time are at greater risk of using psychoactive substances, including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, [more...]

Unlocking The Puzzle of Anxiety and Depression

Posted on 31 Jan 2014
A current Virginia Commonwealth University study hopes to begin unlocking the key to understanding anxiety and depressive syndromes – conditions that are known as internalizing disorders (IDs). One in four [more...]

Genetics Of Addiction: Twin Studies

Posted on 05 Nov 2013
Twin studies offer a critical method to studying questions of nature and nurture in addiction research. Identical twins arise from the same fertilized egg, so they share 100 percent of [more...]
Kenneth Kendler

New Patterns Found In The Genetic Relationship Of Five Major Psychiatric Disorders

Posted on 14 Aug 2013
An international consortium has shown for the first time evidence of substantial overlap of genetic risk factors shared between bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and schizophrenia and less overlap between [more...]