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Wednesday
Oct092013

Editorial, "Mind how you go" in Nature

I came across an editorial in Nature (thanks RAH) that points to a shift in the focus of treatments for mental illnesss.  The article mentions a shift toward genetics and I would augment that with epigenetics (see blog by Al below).  I am glad that companies like Novartis are re-energized to solve or at least help patients suffering from mental illnesses.  Imaging biomarkers of mental illness are going to be critical since the populations that suffer are so heterogeneous.  A lot has been learned by imaging neurotransmitters, but there are no robust biomarkers for any psychiatric illness.  With time, we'd like to change that. 

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