How do your genes affect your mental health? In this lecture hosted by the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland researchers discuss how knowing what your genes do can guide the development of future personalised medicine for the prevention and treatment of mental health conditions and type 1 diabetes. They also outline how new 3D gene-mapping technologies are helping to understand how genetic variants linked to schizophrenia, severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, unipolar depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect people.

This lecture was part of the determinants of a healthy life series. These public lectures explored the genome and explained why your DNA can influence your health and why your gut microbiome is so important.

This lecture was given by four Liggins Institute researchers.

Justin Martin O’Sullivan is the Associate Director of Research at the Liggins Institute.

William Schierding is a Research Fellow at the Liggins Institute.

Evgeniia Golovina is a doctoral candidate at the Liggins Institute.

Denis Munene Nyaga is a doctoral candidate at the Liggins Institute.

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Disclaimer: The ideas expressed in this lecture reflect the views of the lecturers and not necessarily the views of The Big Q. 

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