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Selected summaries from the XVII World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, San Diego, California, USA, 4–8 November 2009

Amstadter, Ananda B.a; Balachandar, Vellingirii; Bergen, Sarah E.b c; Ceulemans, Shanaj; Christensen, Jane H.k; Cole, Jamesl; De Luca, Vincenzoq; Ducci, Francescam; Tee, Shiau Foonr; Hartz, Sarahe; Keers, Robertn; Medland, Sarahs; Melas, Philippe A.u; Mühleisen, Thomas W.v; Ozomaro, Uzoezif; Pidsley, Ruthl; Scott, Adrian P.t; Sha, Lip; Talati, Ardesheerg; Teltsh, Omriw; Videtič, Aljax; Wang, Kaih; Wong, Chloe C.Y.o; DeLisi, Lynn E.d

doi: 10.1097/YPG.0b013e32833d17c3

The XVII World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, sponsored by The International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) took place in San Diego, California from 4 to 8 November 2009. Approximately 550 participants gathered to discuss the latest molecular genetic findings relevant to serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, substance abuse, autism, and attention deficit disorder. Recent advances in the field were discussed, including the genome-wide association studies results, copy number variation (CNV) in the genome, genomic imaging, and large multicenter collaborations. The following report, written by junior travel awardees who were assigned sessions as rapporteurs represents some of the areas covered in oral presentation during the conference, and reports on some of the notable major new findings described at this 2009 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics.

aDepartment of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

bPsychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, Massachusetts General Hospital

cStanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Boston

dHarvard Medical School & VA Boston Healthcare System, Brockton, Massachusetts

eDepartment of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri

fHussman Institute for Human Genomics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida

gDepartment of Psychiatry, Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York

hCenter for Applied Genomics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA

iDepartment of Zoology, Human Genetics Laboratory, School of Life Sciences, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

jVIB Department of Molecular Genetics, Applied Molecular Genomics Group, University of Antwerp (UA), Antwerpen, Belgium

kDepartment of Human Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark

lSGDP Research Centre

mPsychological Medicine

nMRC SGDP Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry

oMRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, London

pMedical Genetics, Molecular Medicine Centre, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, UK

qDepartment of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

rDepartment of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Genting Kelang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

sGenetic Epidemiology Unit, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Po Royal Brisbane Hospital, Queensland

tSchool of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences and Western Australian Institute for Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Perth, Australia

uDepartment of Molecular Medicine and Surgery, Karolinska Institute, Neurogenetics Unit, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

vDepartment of Genomics, Life and Brain Center, Institute of Human Genetics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

wDepartment of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel

xFaculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana, Institute of Biochemistry, Medical Center for Molecular Genetics, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Correspondence to Lynn E. DeLisi, MD, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Brockton VA Boston Healthcare System, 940 Belmont Avenue, Brockton, MA 02301, USA

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Received 5 March 2010 Revised 30 May 2010 Accepted 10 June 2010

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