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Kenneth Kendler, MD

Kenneth Kendler, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Human Genetics in the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since 1983, he has been engaged in studies of the genetics of psychiatric and substance use disorders, including schizophrenia, major depression, alcoholism, personality disorders and drug abuse and dependence. He has utilized methods ranging from family studies, to large-sample population-based twin and adoption studies to molecular genetic studies including linkage, association, GWAS and sequencing aimed at identifying specific genes that influence the vulnerability to schizophrenia, alcoholism, depression, personality disorders and nicotine dependence. Data collection for these studies has been completed in Virginia, Ireland, England, China, Norway, Finland and Sweden. He has published over 800 articles, has received a number of national and international awards for his work, is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, is Editor of Psychological Medicine. He has been actively involved in DSM-III-R, DSM-IV and DSM-5 where he chaired the Scientific Review Committee and currently is Vice-Chair of the APA DSM Steering Committee. Since 1996, he has served as Director of the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics.

Dr. Kendler co-directs the PGC Cross-Disorder Group with Jordan Smoller and is an active participant in the Schizophrenia and Major Depression PGC working groups.