Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D. - Brain & Behavior Research Expert on Schizophrenia and Depression and Epigenetics
Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D.

Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry

Professor of Human Genetics

Virginia Commonwealth University

Scientific Council Member (joined 1996)

1995 Lieber Prizewinner for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research

2010, 2000 Distinguished Investigator Grants

Dr. Kendler’s research focuses on studies of psychiatric genetics in brain and behavior disorders such as schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders and nicotine dependence. He utilizes methods ranging from family studies to large-sample population-based twin studies to molecular genetic studies aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to developing these illnesses. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, China, Norway and Sweden.

Dr. Kendler has been involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and most recently, DSM-5 where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Before joining Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Kendler worked at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

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