ISPG 25th Anniversary


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  – Margaret Mead

This year we are celebrated the 25th Anniversary of ISPG and WCPG, and the members who have dedicated their time and resources to promote education in psychiatric genetics.  Thank you for joining us at the 2017 WCPG to celebrate this milestone and continue to work together to advance our mission.

Letter from ISPG President, Thomas G. Schulze          Letter from Francis S. Collins, NIH


Congratulatory Notes from Past ISPG Honorific Award Winners & Members

Click here to see the full list of congratulatory notes.

From Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.,
University of California, San Diego

It is with robust and enthusiastic congratulations I greet the 25th anniversary of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) and the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG).  As a member and former president (2005-2010) of this respected organization, I can declare without exaggeration that the ISPG has truly become a catalyst for facilitating research in the genetics of psychiatric disorders; promoting education in psychiatric genetics; guiding early career researchers interested in the field of psychiatric genetics, & encouraging communication and collaboration between researchers in this area…. More  

From Bob Niculescu, III, M.D., Ph.D.,
Indian University School of Medicine & Laboratory of Neurophenomics and INBRAIN

It’s been a very exciting 25 years, from hopes and dreams to actual results. A lot of hard work and creativity went it to moving this field forward. I think the next 25 years will belong to the integration of phenomics with genomics, for better understanding, diagnostics, and treatments- drugs and genetic engineering.

From Stephan Ripke, M.D., Ph.D.
Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit & MGH Simches Research Center

Happy Birthday! ISPG and WCPG are the center of my professional universe. This is where I meet most of my collaborators, this is where I draw most of my energy from. As many things ISPG is made out of people and I must say this is a very special collection of people. Extremely collaborative, highly intelligent, super innovative and a lot of fun to be with.

ISPG and WCPG are my home.

Can’t wait for the next 25 years!

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From David Glahn, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine

 In the last 25 years, we have seen fundamental progress unraveling the genetic architecture of mental illness.  By providing a space to disseminate findings and debate ideas, ISPG has been at the heart of these advances.  However, our goal to use genetics to improve the lives of those with psychiatric disorders is still largely unmet.  I am confident that ISPG will facilitate our fields progress meeting this goal over the next 25 years.

From Jurg Ott, Ph.D.
Rockefeller University, New York

As an ISPG member who attended one of the early World Congresses (Cardiff, 1995), I am happy to congratulate the Society to its 25th Congress Anniversary. I always enjoy attending the congresses and the society’s annual meetings, which I value because I find a crowd of nice people who share my specific research interests. This year, however, I will spend the month of October in Taipei to work with a former student of mine… More

From Prof. Michael Owen, BSc, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPsych, FMedSci, FLSW
Cardiff University

Congratulations to ISPG on its 25th Anniversary! So many of the recent successes in psychiatric genetics have been built on the foundations laid by ISPG and its members over many years. Here’s to the next 25, during we will hopefully see this work starting to benefit our patients!

See the full list of congratulatory notes here.