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The research focus of Joanna M. Biernacka, Ph.D., is in the area of genetics of complex diseases, particularly bipolar disorder and addiction, as well as psychiatric pharmacogenomics.
An understanding of the genetic causes of neuropsychiatric diseases will enable improved diagnosis and prevention, as well as development of novel therapies. Furthermore, knowledge of the genomic factors and other biomarkers that play a role in response to pharmacological treatment of psychiatric illness will enable a more personalized strategy for treating these complex disorders, as it will help clinicians select the most appropriate treatment for each patient.
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