Translational neuropsychiatry of genetic and neurodevelopmental animal models of schizophrenia

MG Gottschalk, Z Sarnyai, PC Guest, LW Harris, Sabine Bahn

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Psychiatric symptoms are subjective by nature and tend to overlap between different disorders. The modelling of a neuropsychiatric disorder therefore faces challenges because of missing knowledge of the fundamental pathophysiology and a lack of accurate diagnostics. Animal models are used to test hypotheses of aetiology and to represent the human condition as close as possible to increase our understanding of the disease and to evaluate new targets for drug discovery. In this review, genetic and neurodevelopmental animal models of schizophrenia are discussed with respect to behavioural and neurophysiological findings and their association with the clinical condition. Only specific animal models of schizophrenia may ultimately lead to novel diagnostic approaches and drug discovery. We argue that molecular biomarkers are important to improve animal to human translation since behavioural readouts lack the necessary specificity and reliability to assess human psychiatric symptoms. Gottschalk MG, et al. / Rev Psiq Clin. 2013;40(1):41-50
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)41-50
Number of pages10
JournalRevista de Psiquiatria Clinica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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