Brain and Behavior Research Foundation

Pioneering Studies Identify Gene-Environment Interactions Linked to the Development of Mental Illness

Pioneer Studies Identify Gene-Environment Interactions Linked to the Development of Mental Illness

In 2000, Kenneth Kendler, M.D., received a Distinguished Investigator Grant to pioneer studies on identifying gene-environment interactions linked to the development of mental illness. He conducted a pilot study aimed at clarifying the role of environmental risk factors in major depression. The results of this research demonstrated for the first time that environmental risk factors impact genetic expression to cause major depression.