Esther Lips and Danielle Posthuma identify synaptic gene groups as risk factor for schizophrenia and publish their findings in Molecular Psychiatry.

International study finds five novel loci for schizophrenia.
A large international research consortium has identified several new genes associated with schizophrenia. Their study, co-authored by Danielle Posthuma from the Neuroscience Campus Amsterdam, reveals that common genetic variants contribute to a person’s risk of schizophrenia.
The findings, reported by the Psychiatric Genome-Wide Association Study Consortium (PGC) and published online this week in the journal Nature Genetics, included 51,695 schizophrenic patients and controls, in which a million DNA markers were scanned. Results from this study provide novel molecular clues into the etiology of schizophrenia. See paper online.

Danielle Posthuma is appointed Full Professor at the CNCR-VU Amsterdam. She will focus on the genetics of complex traits, in particular cognitive functions and dysfunctions. See also press release

CTG researcher Tinca Polderman participated in the Dutch popular scientific program Pavlov. She investigated cognitive traits of writer and actress Sanne Vogel. The program will air on TV January 13th, at 20.55.

The IQ and DNA data collection in the Science Live program of NEMO Science Centre is finished. A total of 1384 people participated! Watch the Movie on their project in NEMO broadcasted by Teleac and Wetenschap24: