Science & neurology

Technological advances in neuroscience such as optogenetics have revolutionised our understanding of the brain’s neural networks and their impact on behavioural patterns. But these advances are yet to make an impact on mental health care because of the cultural divide between neuroscientists and the psychiatric-genetic community, says the neuroscientist Sumantra Chattarji in an interview. By R. RAMACHANDRAN IN A statement released by the American Psychiatric Association on May 3, 2013, David Kupfer, the Chair of a task force set up to discuss the future of mental health research, said: “The promise of the science of mental disorders is great. In the future, we hope to be able to identify disorders using biological and genetic markers that provide precise diagnoses that can be delivered with complete reliability and validity. Yet, this…

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