Development of Diagnostic Tools for Psychiatric Conditions
Our understanding of the molecular basis of severe psychiatric conditions has increased dramatically over the past decade, yet we still lack the capacity for quantitative clinical diagnosis due to a lack of non-invasive tools that probe these mechanisms.
a) Goal: This high-risk, high-reward project will lay the technical groundwork for the development of clinical diagnostic tools for severe psychiatric conditions. This will be a collaborative effort with non-VCU researchers, VCU Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, and VCU Chemical & Life Science Engineering.
b) Method: Tools are under development. Thus, the continued development and evaluation of these reagents will be a major component of this project. Techniques range from biochemistry to in vivo and ex vivo analysis.
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Student eligibility requirements: None