Integrating Epidemiology with Genetics

Ezra Susser, Sharon Schwartz, Alfredo Morabia and Evelyn J. Bromet

in Psychiatric Epidemiology

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195101812
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864096 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Series

Integrating Epidemiology with Genetics

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This chapter discusses the integration of research on genetic and environmental causes. It argues that finding genetic causes of mental disorders will also provide a key to finding nongenetic causes. An environmental cause would more likely be detected if researchers studied the individuals whose genetic makeup renders them vulnerable to its effects. The converse is also true. Researchers would more likely find a genetic cause if they could study the individuals who have the environmental exposure required for this genetic vulnerability to lead to a disease.

Keywords: genetic risk; genetic disorders; mental disorders; environmental causes; genetic causes

Chapter.  4837 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology

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