Lieber Institute: Rewriting the Nature v. Nurture Debate about Schizophrenia

Rachel Taylor / December 8, 2015

Lieber Institute for Brain Development

The role of the environment in causing schizophrenia is a hotly debated topic, with many theories focusing on the stressful environmental around the early adult period that typically heralds the onset of clinical symptoms of schizophrenia. The Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) today released the results of a study that shed new insights.  The study, “Mapping DNA methylation across development, genotype and schizophrenia in the human frontal cortex.” was published  in Nature Neuroscience.

The study conducted is one of the largest studies of postmortem human brain tissue. Its findings suggest that environmental influences during the prenatal period cause brain changes associated with schizophrenia and that such influences in early adulthood, when symptoms of the illness typically emerge, may not be as important as originally thought.

To learn more about LIBD’s research see their Latest News page for the press release or read the full paper here.

Rachel Taylor

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Rachel is a born communicator and an enthusiastic supporter of all things social media. After spending four years earning her degree in international business and economics at the University of Denver, Rachel returned to her native Seattle where she interned for the Lupus Foundation of America and Organizing for Washington. She was soon snatched up by The Fearey Group where she continues to wow us daily with her enthusiasm and fearless thinking.

In her spare time, Rachel bikes, runs and treats the team to delicious homemade vegan muffins.