Scientist explores how genes can help protect some people from schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress and other conditions
Just as certain genes can raise a person's risk of developing a particular disorder, other genes appear to provide protection against particular diseases. This is known as genetic resilience, explains Stephen Glatt, PhD. Glatt, who directs the psychiatric genetic epidemiology and neurobiology laboratory at Upstate, has completed research into genetic resilience for post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia. Now he is looking into Alzheimer's disease.