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Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology Study Section [BGES]

The Behavioral Genetics and Epidemiology (BGES) Study Section reviews research on the epidemiology and genetics of psychiatric disorders, psychological and mental health conditions, alcohol and substance abuse and recovery in large human populations. Epidemiological research designs and methodologies reviewed in BGES include cohort, case-control, prospective, longitudinal, retrospective, clinical trial, cross-sectional, surveillance, genetics, genome wide association studies (GWAS), epigenetics, gene-environment interactions, and molecular genetics. Applications that use animal or other models are excluded.​

Rosters

Topics

  • Behavioral genetics, genetic association or DNA sequencing studies with behavioral or psychiatric phenotypes in large human population samples.
  • Mapping of epigenetic markers and changes in behavioral or psychiatric phenotypes.
  • Gene-environment interactions, including population-based or clinically-ascertained family, twin, and adoption studies that incorporate environmental risk factor identification and measurement, including heritability studies.
  • Studies of the determinants, predictors and biomarkers of diseases/conditions related to behavioral and psychiatric conditions. The focus is to determine whether risk of a behavioral outcome is different among individuals who are exposed or not exposed to prenatal risk factors, environment toxins, or relevant social or cultural factors.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Genetics of Health and Disease (GHD): Applications related to genetic epidemiology or epigenetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders are assigned to BGES. Applications focused on the discovery and development of genetic and genomic methodologies are assigned to GHD.

BGES has shared interest with study sections focused on behavioral, psychiatric, and psychosocial conditions. The Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging (APDA) study section reviews applications related to the diagnosis, etiology, clinical course, and outcomes of adult mental health disorders. The Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities (CPDD) study section reviews applications related to the diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, and outcomes of child and adolescent developmental disabilities and mental health disorders. The Neural Basis of Psychopathology, Addictions and Sleep Disorders (NPAS) Study Section reviews applications focused on the neurobiological bases and treatment of psychiatric and behavioral disorders. The Mechanisms of Emotion, Stress, and Health (MESH) study section reviews applications examining the interaction of psychological stress with physical and mental illness. BGES differs from these study sections with its primary focus on the epidemiology and genetics of behavioral, psychiatric, and substance use disorders.

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