Bipolar – Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes
Clinicians have rules to help them diagnose psychotic and mood disorders (such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder), but these conditions overlap a lot in terms of their symptoms.
Many people believe that these disorders require an improved approach to diagnosing them. B-SNIP wants to develop classifications of these conditions based on biological measurements, which may be more effective at identifying causes and treatments.
Biomarkers are measures of physiological or cognitive traits, like EEG or MRI measurements that are found in everybody, but vary slightly in people with a diagnosis of mental illness, and also a family history of mental illness.
These new techniques also allow us to identify genetic differences associated with risk for these illnesses.