Can we predict who will suffer from mental illness and prevent it?

Event Name Can we predict who will suffer from mental illness and prevent it?
Start Date 14th Jan 2014 12:30pm
End Date 14th Jan 2014 1:30pm
Duration 1 hour
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Date: 14th January 2014, 12.30-1.30pm, Ken Mason Suite, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

 

Speakers: Professor Stephen Lawrie (Psychiatry) and Professor Graeme Laurie (Mason Institute/Law), University of Edinburgh

 

Title: Can we predict who will suffer from mental illness and prevent it?

 

Abstract: Researchers in Edinburgh have been able to show that neuroimaging can identify people at high genetic risk who develop schizophrenia or depression years before they could be clinically diagnosed. Other researchers around the world have been able to do the same and it may also be possible to predict recidivism in criminals.  These studies raise a range of practical and ethical issues, including the potential harms of labelling people versus the potential benefits of early intervention and prevention. Equally, these developments have implications for the duties of researchers in deciding whether to feedback results and whether they are required to do so as part of their duty of care.