NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Cardiff University in Wales has established a new center to study the genetic underpinnings of mental illnesses, and said that it will be funded with over £4 million ($6.6 million) from sources within the UK and from its own coffers.

The Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics will conduct studies seeking risk genes for brain diseases and finding ways to use those genes, and will develop collaborations, fund bioinformatics, and establish a new PhD program.

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