This is a renewal request for Conference Support for the World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG). This Congress has been organized annually by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG) since 1993, and annual meetings are being planned for the next five years and beyond. It is the most prestigious international forum for research in genetic factors affecting psychiatric conditions. During the last grant period (2008-2012) this program supported 41 Travel Awardees. We have also contributed to the development of an Early Career Investigator Program (ECIP) at the WCPG, which includes awardees supported by NIMH, NIDA, and by the ISPG itself. We have also ensured that at least one plenary speaker at each conference addresses the genetics of alcohol use and alcohol use disorders. This program has also contributed to other WCPG alcohol genetics educational and collaborative sessions. Through a rapporteur program supported by the ECIP, summaries of the Congress sessions have been prepared by young investigators and published each year in the journal Psychiatric Genetics or Neuropsychiatric Genetics. From 700-1000 scientists from around the world attend the meeting each year.

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This is a request for support for the annual World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, sponsored by the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics (ISPG). The requested support will permit the selection of 5-7 Young Investigators per year for the next five years to receive travel support for the Congress. The requested support will also provide other support for the Congress to enhance the area of Alcohol Genetics, including an invitation for one Plenary Speaker per year in this area.

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
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Nurnberger Jr, John I (2017) A Genetic Locus Associated With Depression: The Iceberg Begins to Melt. Biol Psychiatry 82:304-305
Ciobanu, Liliana G; Ori, Anil P S; Pagliaroli, Luca et al. (2017) Summaries of plenary and selected symposia sessions at the XXIV World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics; Jerusalem, Israel; 30 October 2016-3 November 2016. Psychiatr Genet 27:41-53
Aas, Monica; Blokland, Gabriƫlla A M; Chawner, Samuel J R A et al. (2016) Summaries of plenary, symposia, and oral sessions at the XXII World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Copenhagen, Denmark, 12-16 October 2014. Psychiatr Genet 26:1-47
Zai, Gwyneth; Alberry, Bonnie; Arloth, Janine et al. (2016) Rapporteur summaries of plenary, symposia, and oral sessions from the XXIIIrd World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics Meeting in Toronto, Canada, 16-20 October 2015. Psychiatr Genet 26:229-257
Anderson-Schmidt, Heike; Beltcheva, Olga; Brandon, Mariko D et al. (2013) Selected rapporteur summaries from the XX World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Hamburg, Germany, October 14-18, 2012. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet 162B:96-121
Bergen, Sarah; Chen, Jingchun; Dagdan, Elif et al. (2009) Selected summaries from the XVI World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, Osaka, Japan, 11-15 October 2008. Psychiatr Genet 19:219-36