Neuroscience and Genetics of Mental Resilience

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The goal of our research program is to characterise the specific neural networks that underpin wellbeing and resilience, to define the relative contributions of genetics and environment in this process, and to identify the specific genes and environmental life factors that moderate these trajectories towards mental health or illness. We are conducting several core projects to address this research goal using various leading-edge technologies in singleton and twin cohorts across the lifespan. Knowledge of the neuroscience and genetic mechanisms of resilience and wellbeing is still very much in its infancy, so the innovative outcomes from this work will make a novel contribution to how mental illness may be prevented in vulnerable individuals.

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