WHILE new developments in genetic and genomic research have advanced scientific understanding of some of these disorders, public understanding remains poor. The complexity of the science adds an additional barrier to understanding.
The challenge is to improve public understanding, and increase dialogue between publics, patients and professionals.
To meet this challenge, the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics is leading a public engagement programme. As well as engagement activities, the Centre are undertaking research into public understanding of science and mental health.