ENIGMA-BMIX Working Group

We are interested in the interplay between obesity, major psychiatric disorders and the brain. Obesity is disproportionately frequent in people with psychiatric disorders, such as major depression, bipolar disorders and schizophrenia. This has a marked impact on physical health/mortality, but could also affect brain structure and related psychiatric outcomes. Replicated studies have documented associations between obesity and brain structure. Yet, we do not understand the links between obesity and the brain in major psychiatric disorders. Thus, the BMIX working group focuses on this interaction. We will also study the brain correlates of additional measures of metabolic/cardiovascular health; the role of obesitogenic psychiatric medications; incorporate genetic data and invetigate the effects of low BMI.

The group is led by Tomas Hajek, Nils Opel, Scott Mackey and Jennifer Laurent.
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