About Our Conte Center
The Conte Center for Computational Neuropsychiatric Genomics is a cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional effort based at The University of Chicago. Our team is spread internationally across seven universities that also include Northwestern University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, and the University of Haifa in Israel.
The overarching goal of our Center is to identify the genetic and environmental factors that underlie psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, and child & adolescent psychopathology. Our team develops and applies drastically new mathematical and computational strategies to infer causal relationships among genetic variation, environmental variables and psychiatric phenotypes. We achieve this by combining the statistical power of large genetic and pharmacogenomics datasets, text-mining strategies and review of electronic medical records. Computational predictions are then experimentally validated using high-throughput biochemical, genomic and proteomic strategies, as well as the development of animal models.
The Center is defined by four key projects and three essential cores. Each project and core is spearheaded by a group of team leaders, who work with talented research associates, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, research staff and collaborators to ensure the Center's success in all aspects of research, training and administration.