Epigenetics and childhood trauma

This project is embedded within the Imaging Genetics in Psychosis study, and aims to determine trauma-related epigenetic (e.g., methylation) markers shared among schizophrenia and bipolar disorder patients. Gene methylation is a biological process associated with environmental exposures that is known to regulate gene expression. In this study we investigate gene expression changes associated with epigenetic markers, and their relation to cognitive performance and brain phenotypes in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

This project has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project APP1081603; 2015-2017).

Current Staff: Dr Yann Quidé (Postdoctoral Research Fellow).

Current PhD students: Oliver Watkeys, Nina Teroganova.

External collaborators: Murray Cairns (Newcastle), Sarah Cohen-Woods (Adelaide), Naomi Wray (UQ)