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Public Health Dynamics Seminars

December 10, 2018 - The genetic epidemiology of drug and alcohol abuse in Sweden including models of contagious transmission

Kenneth S. Kendler, MD

Banks Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human and Molecular Genetics
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Monday, December 10, 2018
12:00 – 1:00 PM
1149 Public Health


Dr. Kendler will review a range of traditional genetic epidemiology studies conducted in national wide samples in Sweden focusing on drug abuse (DA) and alcohol use disorder (AUD), including twin, adoption, and sibling designs. He will also review more novel methods, such as the triparental design. He will then explore evidence for environmental transmission within sib and cousin-ships. This will include three new studies examining models of contagion, the latter two of which include yearly updated information about precise geographical location of every individual in Sweden.

About the speaker:

Dr. Kenneth Kendler received his medical and psychiatric training at Stanford University and Yale University, respectively. Since 1983, he has been engaged in studies of the genetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders, and drug abuse and dependence. He has utilized methods ranging from family studies, to large-sample population-based twin and adoption studies to molecular genetic studies including linkage, association, GWAS and whole genome sequence aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression, personality disorders, and nicotine dependence. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, England, China, Norway, Finland, and Sweden. He has published over 1,000 articles, has received a number of national and international awards for his work, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, and is Editor of Psychological Medicine. He has been actively involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and DSM-5 where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee and currently is Vice-Chair of the APA DSM Steering Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. His scientific work has been cited over 129,000 times.














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