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.

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ENIGMA: Over 300 scientists study the genetics of brain structure

April 17, 2015
A worldwide team of scientists combined their expertise to analyze over 30,000 brain scans to discover common genetic differences that help shape our brain. This study, led by ENIGMA members across the world, was recently published in Nature. Hibar DP, Stein JL,...
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Autism Risk Gene

October 9, 2014
Healthy individuals who carry a gene variation linked to an increased risk of autism have structural differences in their brains that may help explain how the gene affects brain function and increases vulnerability for autism. The results of this innovative...
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