The Brain, Behaviour & Development Theme at BC Children’s Hospital presents:

Psychiatric Disorders: From Genome to Phenome 

Speaker: Dr. Jordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA

By the end of this seminar participants will be able to describe:

  • Summarize progress in identifying the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders
  • Discuss examples of how the integration of genomic and neuroimaging data can provide insights into the biological basis of psychiatric disorders
  • Discuss how “big data” approaches, enabled by biobanking and electronic health records, may accelerate discovery and clinical applications in psychiatric research

Schedule -

The seminar is scheduled for Friday, May 19, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education (Map), BC Children's Hospital Research Institute. 

Participate -

Discovery Talks is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CME credits are available for all participants.

About the Speaker -

Dr. Jordan Smoller is the MGH Trustees Endowed Chair in Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. He is Associate Chief for Research in the MGH Department of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit in the MGH Center for Genomic Medicine. Dr. Smoller is a Tepper Family MGH Research Scholar and also serves as Director of the Omics Unit of the MGH Division of Clinical Research and co-Director of the Partners HealthCare Biobank at MGH.

The focus of Dr. Smoller’s research interests has been the genetic and environmental determinants of childhood and adult psychiatric disorders. Dr. Smoller and colleagues have also been studying genetic predictors of treatment response and the ways in which advances in genetics may impact clinical practice in psychiatry.

He is a principal investigator on NIH-funded studies of the genetics of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia as well as genetic influences on brain structure and function. He is currently the lead PI of the New England Precision Medicine Consortium as part of the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative’s All of Us Research Program. He is an author of more than 300 scientific publications and is also the author of The Other Side of Normal (HarperCollins/William Morrow, 2012).


Discovery Talks are the research community's international seminar series. Featuring influential research leaders from around the globe, the series promotes knowledge exchange, fosters international collaborations and showcases the latest innovations in research.

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