Special Symposium: Genetics and the Onset of Mental Illness: Implications for Early Intervention

Poplar Learning Centre Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health 35 Poplar Road, Parkville 3052


Mental disorders have been referred to as ‘the chronic diseases of the young’, contributing to almost 50% of the overall burden of disease in 12‐25 year olds. However, the biopsychosocial causes of mental disorder onset and progression remain unclear.

This special symposium will focus on genomics and related biomarkers in mental disorders, featuring key Australian projects and research initiatives.

The symposium will include a panel discussion that addresses latest findings and next steps in biomarker research, including discussion of implications for early identification and treatment.

Presenters will include:

‐ Professor Steven Hyman, Associate Professor Steven McCarroll and Dr Elise Robinson, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute, Massachusetts, USA
‐ Professor Naomi Wray, University of Queensland
‐ Professor Kathryn North, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
‐ Professor Patrick McGorry, Orygen
‐ Professor Paul Amminger, Orygen
‐ Associate Professor Barnaby Nelson, Orygen

Registration for this event is required via Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health.