Study reveals molecular networks of mental health disorders

Early diagnosis and intervention for ADHD, autism and schizophrenia could be made possible after Australian scientists discovered the molecular networks in the brain showing psychiatric and developmental disorders. Scientists at The University of Queensland's (UQ) Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) said their discovery of the molecular networks of the disorders was a step up from existing behavioural testing used to diagnose ADHD, autism, schizophrenia and X-linked intellectual disability - a mental retardation affecting men who have a single X chromosome.

QBI's Associate Professor Charles Claudianos said the discovery would allow for a hypothetical "gene network model" that could be used to analyse the many candidate genes and predict the association of genetic screening data with autism, ADHD and schizophrenia.

The study was published in the February 2013 issue of Molecular Psychiatry

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