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CCMB foundation day lecture and CCMB scientists’ plan to study Mental Health GenomicsĀ 

Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), one of the top research institutes in India announced plans to initiate studies on mental health genomics. The study will focus on understanding the predisposition of mental illness in collaboration with Professor Vikaram Patel’s team. Research in mental illness is a growing field with a huge scope.

Psychological, environmental, genetic and biological factors influence many mental disorders. In fact, certain researches have identified some genes and gene variations behind some of the mental ailments and disorders.

Professor Vikram Patel is the principal research fellow at the Harvard medical school and Pershing Square Professor of Global health and welcome trust.

At the 32nd foundation day of CCMB, Prof. Patel was invited as a guest and he delivered a lecture on transforming mental health globally through science and action.

He reminded that mental health is equally important as physical health and there is a high need for research to understand the biology of mental health and bring the attention of health professionals, stakeholders, general public and policymakers to destigmatize the issue and understand the developments going on in the field.

He explained how science has brought a deeper understanding of mental health and how to deal with the sufferings from mental ailments. He discussed how science would help to improve public welfare.

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Science alone is inadequate to make an impact in society but if scientists communicate and join hands with a wider community, they can make sure that the knowledge they generate is translated into action.

CCMB was celebrating 32 years of its foundation as an independent campus in 1987 at Habsiguda, Hyderabad. Throughout these years, CCMB had been excelling in carrying out cutting edge research in modern biology and developing new technologies to meet the requirements in food, health and wildlife conservation.

Prof. Patel said that there is no biomarker identified to date that diagnoses mental health illness. Everyone goes through various mental health issues and most of us ignore them. Mental health is as important as physical health.

On this occasion, Dr.Rakesh Mishra, the director of CCMB also gave an outlook of the studies conducted by the institute.

Prof Patel is co-Director of the Centre for Control of Chronic Conditions at the Public Health Foundation of India, co-founder of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and co-founder of Sangath, an NGO based out of Goa that works on mental health issues at grassroots.

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Author: Namitha Thampi

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