Lifting knowledge to a higher level

"LifeGene will make it possible to personalize medical treatments for individuals with specific disorders. Some smokers do not develop cancer so there may be other factors, e.g. genetic, that might explain why. I believe that LifeGene can lift our common knowledge to a higher level," Professor Patrick F Sullivan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, says. Professor Sullivan chairs the Neuropsychiatry working group.

"It is of extreme importance that we have a very large population sample to be able to conduct thorough analyses in marginal groups. LifeGene will match that demand.

Sweden is one of the few countries in the world that can host a study like LifeGene, due to the population's high education level, IT competence, human resources and other fundamental factors.

I believe that the coming results of LifeGene can be generalized to populations all over the industrialised world. The results will also be of importance to others, although it is a research question in itself to what extent we can transfer findings directly to conditions in the third world.

Now we are faced with a lot of hard work by a lot of brilliant, internationally recognized researchers. We have to engage the very best people to carry out the very best medical research project. This work has just started," Professor Sullivan concludes.

Neuropsychiatric disorders are etiologically heterogeneous and exhibit complex patterns of inheritance. Developing an understanding of these disorders requires the integration of findings from multiple investigative approaches such as epidemiology, linkage analysis and association studies. The Sullivan laboratory applies these methods to several research areas such as schizophrenia, smoking behaviour and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Recently, in October 2006, Professor Sullivan received the GAIN Genotyping Award by The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health. He received the award to elucidate the genetic basis of major depression.






Patrick Sullivan Bild Lars Aldemark

Patrick F Sullivan

Professor in Neuroscience at University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill


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