What is IMAGING GENETICS?

Paul Thompson, PhD
Paul Thompson, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
Imaging Genetics is the study of how individual genetic differences lead to differences in brain wiring, structure, and intellectual function. Here at the Imaging Genetics Center, led by Paul Thompson, we investigate how genes and environment affect the brain. We co-founded a worldwide imaging genetics consortium, called the ENIGMA Consortium, which is making rapid progress discovering genetic variants that affect brain integrity. ENIGMA recently performed the largest brain imaging study in the world - bringing together 207 co-authors, from 125 institutions, to analyze genome-wide scans and MRI scans from 21,151 people. We also direct several mathematical and technical projects to improve methods to understand how gene networks affect the brain.

Latest News Articles

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Gene Makes People Fat, Raises Alzheimer's risk

April 20, 2010
A variant of an obesity gene carried by more than a third of the U.S. population also reduces brain volume, raising carriers' risk of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Monday. People with a specific variant of the fat mass and...
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AIDS Inflicts Specific Pattern of Brain Damage

October 10, 2005
A new UCLA/University of Pittsburgh imaging study for the first time shows the selective pattern of destruction inflicted by AIDS on brain regions that control motor, language and sensory functions. High-resolution 3-D color scans created from magnetic resonance images (MRI)...
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