REVIEW ARTICLESelected summaries from the XVI World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Osaka, Japan, 11–15 October 2008Bergen, Saraha b *; Chen, Jingchunb; Dagdan, Elifg; Foon, Tee Shiauh; Goes, Fernando S.c; Houlihan, Lorna M.i; Kloiber, Stefank; Kumar, Ravinesh A.d; Kuzman, Martina Rojnicl; Menke, Andreask; Pedroso, Intij; Videtic, Aljam; Villafuerte, Sandrae; DeLisi, Lynn E.fAuthor Information aDepartment of Human and Molecular Genetics, Virginia Commonwealth University bVirginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics, Richmond, Virginia cJohns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Baltimore, Maryland dDepartment of Human Genetics, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois eMolecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan fDepartment of Psychiatry, New York University Langone School of Medicine, New York, USA gSmurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland hUniversity Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Faculty of Science and Engineering, Jalan Genting Kelang, Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia iCentre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Department of Psychology, The University of Edinburgh 7 George Square, Edinburgh, Scotland jMRC SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, De Crespigny Park and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK kMax-Planck-Institute of Psychiatry, Kraepelinstr., Munich, Germany lDepartment of Psychiatry, Zagreb University, Hospital Centre, Kispaticeva, Zagreb, Croatia mFaculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana, Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Center for Molecular Genetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia Correspondence to Lynn E. DeLisi, MD, Department of Psychiatry, New York University Langone School of Medicine, 650 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016, USA Tel: +1 212 263 3406; fax: +1 212 263 3407; e-mail: [email protected] *All authors contributed equally Received 23 January 2009 Revised 20 February 2009 Accepted 7 March 2009 Psychiatric Genetics: October 2009 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 219-236 doi: 10.1097/YPG.0b013e32832cec32 Buy Metrics Abstract The XVI World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, sponsored by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics took place in Osaka, Japan, October 2008. Approximately 600 participants gathered to discuss the latest molecular genetic findings relevant to serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, alcohol and drug abuse, autism, and attention-deficit disorder. Recently, the field has advanced considerably and includes new genome-wide association studies with the largest numbers of individuals screened and density of markers to date, as well as newly uncovered genetic phenomena, such as copy number variation that may prove to be relevant for specific brain disorders. The following report represents some of the areas covered during this conference and some of the major new findings presented. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.