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Thalia Eley

Professor Thalia Eley

Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics

Start date at Kings: 30/09/1996

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Postal address:
SGDP Research Centre
Institute of Psychiatry
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 0863


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I run the Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment Lab (EDIT Lab) at KCL. I am interested in the reasons why people differ in how they respond to life's experiences. I am especially curious about how genetic factors are involved in the development of emotional symptoms. At present we are exploring two major themes within the group.

First, we are recruiting very large samples in order to explore genetic influences on anxiety, depression and treatment outcomes. With my close colleague Dr Gerome Breen I have just launched a major new initiative called the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) study, which forms part of the National BioResource for Mental Health. You can hear us talking about the study here, and can watch an animation about the study here.  

Second, I am really interested in why anxiety and depression tend to run in families, and whether this is due to sharing home life or whether it is due to sharing genes. Our latest research in this area involves recruiting families of twins and their children.


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