Genes and Environment
Genetic predisposition to diseases is highly influenced by environmental factors, meaning that people might carry genetic traits that make them either susceptible or resistant to develop a disease under certain environmental conditions. Thus, the interactions between genes and environment can determine health or disease.
Investigating the interplay between genetic variants and environmental factors is of major interest, as it offers the possibility for prevention or cure of pathological conditions, including CNS pathologies. At Functional Pharmacology, we perform a range of studies on gene-environment interactions with respect to psychiatric health, sleep, migraine, obesity, anorexia nervosa, working environment as well as pharmacology and toxicology.
At Behavioural Neuroendocrinology we study how and through what mechanisms environmental factors, especially factors related to the social environment, affect behavioural and physiological traits in animals of different genetic background.