genetics

MINDDS – a pan-European network for Neurodevelopmental Disorder research

Posted on 9 October 2017 by Professor Adrian Harwood

When we talk about ‘neurodevelopmental disorders’ (NDD), we refer to a wide range of mental health conditions united by an overlapping biology that arises from disrupted brain development.  It is only through international collaboration and gaining a deeper understanding of what causes NDD that we can hope to develop effective treatments to manage – and
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My Cardiff diary

Posted on 24 July 2017 by Dr Niran Okewole

Why was I in Cardiff? Eighteen years ago, while still in medical school, a Cameroonian geneticist took a few of us in our Genetics club (which I had joined out of a natural impulse) to a laboratory in Cotonou, Benin republic, where he introduced us to the Sanger sequencing that was soon to revolutionise the
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Stress in early life – the impact on mental illness

Posted on 25 April 2017 by Anna Moon

You’re under threat. Your brain reacts instantly. Like a runner at the start line of a race, it springs into action as if the threat was a gunshot. The hypothalamus gets the ball rolling, sending chemicals to the pituitary gland. The pituitary spills out hormones to a second gland, called the adrenal gland. Adrenaline and
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Understanding ADHD

Posted on 4 January 2017 by Jemma Cole

Congratulations to Professor Anita Thapar, from the School of Medicine, who received a CBE for services to child and adolescent psychiatry in the New Year’s Honours list. Her research focuses on the origins, development and complications of neurodevelopmental disorders and has a specific interest in the contribution/interplay of early environmental exposures and genetic risks. In this film
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