Using genetic and environmental factors to estimate illness course and outcome.
Currently, we can only on a general basis make assumptions about the likely prognosis for someone who develps a severe mental illness. We can not predict the prognosis for individual patients. We know variability is large with regard to how these disorders delvelop ranging from from complete recovery to significant chronification.
Researchers at NORMENT investigate whether the use of genetic and environmental risk factors, combined with clinical assessment and brain imaging, can improve illness course and outcome. Ultimately, the goal is to improve the prediction of illness course and outcome for those afflicted at the individual level.