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Gerome Breen

Dr Gerome Breen

Reader of Neuropsychiatric & Translational Genetics

Start date at Kings: 1/01/2003

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Postal address:
222
SGDP Centre
Inst. of Psychiatry
Denmark Hill
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 0409

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I am a psychiatric geneticist who works on the genetics of affective (mood) disorders and eating disorders. I am heavily involved in a number of international genetic consortia which are driving the field of psychiatric genetics forward at a faster pace than ever before. I have done substantial work on major depressive disorder. We are now finally finding dozens of genetic variants related to this disorder, thanks to being able to include data from tens of thousands of patients. I also co-chair the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium Eating Disorders work-group, with close collaborator Cindy Bulik. One of our most important goals is to discover the biological basis of common psychiatric disorders, to allow better drug discovery and biomarker studies in mental health. Not only that but it is my hope that this data can also be used to improve estimations of response to psychological treatments and to help improve clinical trial approaches in psychiatry and psychology. 

I lead the NIHR Maudsley BioResource centre, part of the NIHR BioResource. A BioResource is a biobank - a repository of biological samples for medical research - whose participants can be contacted to take part in studies, and whose samples can be used to study the molecular basis of psychiatric and neurological disorders. Working with colleagues around the country and my close collaborator Prof Thalia Eley, I lead the NIHR Mental Health BioResource which aims to enrol>40,000 people with a diagnosis of a mental illness via The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression or GLAD study - see www.gladstudy.org.uk for more information.

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