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European Network of National Schizophrenia Networks Studying Gene Environment Interactions

Aim of the project "Prodrom" is creating a device to identify genetical and enviromental factors .

Patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, usually experience early signs of psychosis for 1-5 years prior to the first episode of frank illness. This early state is known as at risk  Patients with psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, usually experience early signs of psychosis for 1-5 years prior to the first episode of frank illness. This early state is known as at risk mental state (ARMS) or prodrome. Individuals with ARMS appear to be at extremely high risk of developing psychosis; about one-third will do so, while two-thirds will not make a transition to psychosis and their at-risk symptoms will either stay the same or improve. It is unclear why only a subset of those who are highly vulnerable to psychosis go on to develop the illness.

There is increasing evidence that aetiological models of schizophrenia need to incorporate the role of genetic, social, psychological and biological factors, and to clarify how they interact. In this study, state-of- the-art methods will be used to examine the genetic, psychological and physiological interactions in individuals at high risk of psychosis. The ultimate aim of this work-package is to deliver a tool that can be used to help identifying genetic and environmental factors that, when they interact, predict who is more likely to develop schizophrenia.mental state (ARMS) or prodrome. 


Scientist of the Medical University of Vienna

The Medical University of Vienna is project partner under the leadership of Ao.Univ. Prof. DDr. Gabriele Sachs, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Division of Social Psychiatry.

Ao.Univ. Prof. DDr. Gabriele Sachs

Projektleiterin

Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Division of Social Psychiatry

Projectcoworker:
Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Harald Aschauer
Mag.a Monika Schlögelhofer (klinische Psychologin)
Dr.in Iris Lasser (klinische Psychologin)
Dr.in Bernadette Winklbaur (klinische Psychologin)


Consortium

Projekt coordinator: Prof. Jim van Os, Universität Maastricht, Niederlande.

Project partners: 25


Facts

TopicGenetic and Environmental Interactions./Collaborative project
Project duration2010 - 2015
Funding Volume, totalEuro 11.616.855.-
Funding Volume, Medical University of ViennaEuro 108.916.-

Project Website

Aim of the project "Prodrom" is creating a device to identify genetical and enviromental factors. More inforamtions on the official project website.

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