Welcome Message

Dear Colleagues

The 2017 World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics is taking place at an exciting time in the field of mental health research when an increasing number of genetic risk factors for psychiatric disorders are being identified, diagnostic boundaries and criteria are being re-evaluated and new ways to integrate the underlying biology with clinical diagnosis are being sought.  This congress aims to expand the discipline of psychiatric genetics to encompass all researchers whose work in neuroscience, neurobiology and genetics has future implications for developing new treatments for people with major mental illness.

This year’s conference location, Orlando, Florida, is sure to accommodate everyone’s interests. The semi-tropical weather will be ideal in October and the beaches are in close driving distance. There are countless of attractions, to includes dozens of legendary theme parks, aquatic attractions and luxurious escapes.

Please join us in Orlando, “The City Beautiful”, October 13 – 17, 2017.  We, along with our Local Organizing Committee and International Program Committee members, look forward to another excellent Congress and hope to see you there.


Stephen V. Faraone, Ph.D.                                                                              Dan Rujescu, M.D., Ph.D.
SUNY Upstate Medical University                                                                    University of Halle
New York, United States                                                                                  Halle, Germany