Munich Neuroscience Calendar

Event:

06.11.2018, 15:00 Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry
until 16:00
Event Type: Talk
Speaker: Brenda Penninx
Institute: Amsterdam UMC/ Department of Psychiatry

Title: Personalized medicine in Depression: hype or hope?

Location:
Lecture Hall
Kraepelinstr. 2
80804 München

Host: IMPRS-TP
Host Email: imprs-tp@psych.mpg.de
Abstract:
Symptom profiles, etiology and course trajectories of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) are heterogeneous. This heterogeneity is hampering scientific research and is limiting effectiveness of therapeutic interventions. The goal of precision medicine is to tailor medical treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. In order to implement precision medicine in depression care, it is essential to better understand what the driving factors are behind MDD’s heterogeneity. However, examining MDD’s heterogeneity is no sinecure, and there are various different ways to start such scientific explorations. One could start with data-driven or hypothesis-driven approaches, one could start with a focus on the heterogeneity at the symptom level, the environment level or the pathophysiology level. Ideally, whatever the starting point is should not matter and results of different starting points should synchronize. Using several different analytical approaches, our research group has illustrated the distinction of immunometabolic depression as a potentially useful subtype of depression.


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