Stephan Ripke, M.D., Ph.D. presented on the enormous success of Genome Wide Association Analysis in Psychiatry over the last decade. He will also discuss how this knowledge is translating into clinical care of patients with psychiatric disease. Genome-wide association study (GWA study, or GWAS) is a look at a genome-wide set of genetic variants in different people to see if any particular variant is associated with a trait. In GWAS, research scientists typically focus on the association between a single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and major human disease. SNPs are the most common type of genetic variation among people.
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