[Source: Research & Innovation] XXIV World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) will take place in Jerusalem, Israel on October 30 – November 4, 2016. The WCPG is the annual meeting of the International Society for Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG), the world leading organization in genetic research in psychiatry. The conference is held alternatingly in North America and Europe, with about 700-900 participants from countries all over the world. In 2016 it will be held in Jerusalem, Israel. The fundamental aim of psychiatric genetics is to identify genes that confer susceptibility to psychiatric disorders and to elucidate the pathway from the gene to the clinical phenotype. Five well-known plenary speakers have now been confirmed: Howard Cedar, of the Hebrew University, Israel will talk about epigenetics; David Goldstein, of Columbia University, USA on genetics of schizophrenia and epilepsy; Matt Hurles, of the Wellcome Trust, UK on genetics of developmental disorders, Jüergen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, Austria on stem cell derived brain models; and Li-Huei Tsai, MIT, USA on neurobiological mechanisms of disease and normal brain function. Six concurrent symposia sessions, 3 concurrent oral sessions and 3 concurrent poster sessions will allow top researchers from all over the world and their students to share their most recent findings with colleagues. An educational day will serve to teach young and more senior participants on new concepts and techniques, while experiencing some of them in hands-on workshops.
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