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Group on Genes and Environment
in Mental Health

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Award

December 2021

Terrell Hicks, MS is awarded the Kendler Award for Excellence in Pre-Doctoral Research by Virginia Commonwealth Universty's Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG).

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP)

December 2021

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International Genetic Epidemiology Society 2022

September 2022

Lab director Roseann E. Peterson, PhD and lab member Eva Lancaster, PhD present at the annual International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES) meeting in Paris, France. 

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Paper Published

August 2022

Lab director Roseann E. Peterson, PhD and lab affiliates Amanda Gentry, PhD and Todd Webb, PhD, co-authored Determining the stability of genome-wide factors in BMI between ages 40 to 69 years in PLoS Genetics.

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NIH Summer Poster Day

3 August 2022

Lab member Rowan O'Hara presented her summer research project entitled "Genotyping the TERT-MNS16A minisatellite repeat based on short-read whole-genome sequencing data using machine learning" from the NIH Graduate Data Science Summer Program (GDSSP) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH Summer Poster Day 2022.

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Paper

2 August 2022

Lab director Roseann E. Peterson, PhD coauthored Concerns about the use of polygenic embryo screening for psychiatric and cognitive traits, an ethics paper published in The Lancet Psychiatry.

Award

July 2022

Lab member Madhur Singh receives a travel award from the VCU School of Medicine to present his work at the upcoming World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics (WCPG) in Florence, Italy, in September.

IRACDA Conference

July 2022

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Lab member Eva Lancaster, PhD attended the 2022 Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

Research Society on Alcoholism Conference

June 2022

Lab director Roseann E. Peterson, PhD attended the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Conference 2022 in Orlando, Florida with student Crystal Peterson, who presented her poster titled "Is the Impact of COVID-19 on Social Media Use and Alcohol Consumption Mediated by Mental Health?".

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Paper Published

April 2022

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Lab director Roseann E. Peterson, PhD, co-authored Indirect paths from genetics to education in Nature Genetics.

Award

15 April 2022

Lab member Madhur Singh receives BGA Travel Award to present his work at this year's Behavior Genetics Association (BGA) conference in LA in June.

Lab Meet-Up

12 April 2022

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Lab director Roseann Peterson, PhD and lab members Madhur SinghEva Lancaster, PhD, Hope Wolf, Hailie Suarez-Rivas, and Rowan O'Hara get meet in-person for the first time at the VCU Women's Health Research Day.

Lab director Roseann Peterson, PhD and lab members Amanda Gentry, PhD, Hope WolfEva Lancaster, PhD, and Rowan O'Hara have a meet up at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Sculpture Gardens.

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Women's Health Research Day 2022

12 April 2022

Lab director Roseann Peterson, PhD and lab members Eva Lancaster, PhDRowan O'Hara, and Hailie Suarez-Rivas present their posters at VCU Women's Health Research Day.

Society for Reproductive Investigation

17 March 2022

Lab member Eva Lancaster, PhD presented her poster, "Investigating polygenic influences on age at menarche and relationships with depression risk across development," at the Society for Reproductive Investigation.

NIH Internship

15 February 2022

Research Associate Rowan K. O'Hara accepted an internship with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their Graduate Data Science Summer Program (GDSSP).

Paper Published

January 2022

Lab Director, Roseann E. Peterson, PhD, co-authored Intermediate stable states in substance abuse published in Addictive Behaviors.

Paper Published

January 2022

Terrell Hicks, MS publishes his first-author paper Divergent changes: abstinence and higher-frequency substance use increase among racial/ethnic minority young adults during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Lab Director, Roseann E. Peterson, PhD is named a co-author.

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