"Study of Major Depression in Chinese women"
This is a major new study on the genetics of major depression in a population of women in China
The five-year project is funded by a £1.4 million grant from the Wellcome Trust.
The project is a CONVERGE collaboration, between the University of Oxford, Hua Shan Hospital at Fudan University, China, and the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), USA.
(CONVERGE: China Oxford and VCU Experimental Research on Genetic Epidemiology).
The project follows on from a successful pilot project funded by the mental health research charity, NARSAD.
Project Directors, Dalian project meeting, March 2010
Project Directors, Hangzhou project meeting, May 2009
Project Directors & interviewers, Shanghai project meeting, August 2008
Major depression is associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, as well as substantial economic costs.
We know that major depression has a genetic component. This project aims to identify specific genes that make some people more susceptible than others. There are two main stages to this project:
- Stage 1: Recruitment and Interviews:
The project is based in Shanghai (China), at Hua Shan Hospital, Fudan University.
59 Collaborating hospitals have been identified in provinces across China.
The collaborating hospitals will be responsible to recruit to the study a total of 6,000 women who have been affected by recurrent, major depression. They will also recruit a total of 6,000 age-matched controls - i.e. women who have never suffered from major depression. All 12,000 women recruited for the study will be interviewed using a detailed questionnaire developed specifically for the project.
In each participating hospital, psychiatrists have received training on interview protocol and associated quality control procedures. This was organised by trainers at the Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University (USA).
The questionnaire (or 'phenotype' data) will then be entered into a project database.
Project interviewers, Dalian training course, March 2010
Project interviewers, Hangzhou training course, May 2009
- Stage 2: Genotyping and Analysis:
In the second stage of the project, DNA will be extracted from saliva samples collected from all interviewed women. Genotyping will then be carried out to establish the genetic profiles of both the women affected by depression ('cases') and those who have never suffered from depression ('controls'). For this work, we are collaborating with the Beijing
Finally, a case-control study will be conducted to identify differences in the genetic profiles of these two groups of women. This will involve comparing the phenotype and genotype data collected throughout the course of the project. The final data from the project will be made freely available to other researchers.
5. Internal section
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6. Publication list
- Chen, Y., Li, H., Li, Y., Xie, D., Wang, Z., Yang, F., Shen, Y., et al. (2012). Resemblance of Symptoms for Major Depression Assessed at Interview versus from Hospital Record Review. PLoS ONE, 7(1). [Full article]
- Li, Y., Shi, S., Yang, F., Gao, J., Li, Y., Tao, M., Wang, G., et al. (2011). Patterns of co-morbidity with anxiety disorders in Chinese women with recurrent major depression. Psychological Medicine, 1-9. [PMID: 22126712]
- Wang, L., Qiao, D., Li, Y., Wang, L., Ren, J., He, K., Sun, J., et al. (2011). Clinical predictors of familial depression in Han Chinese women. Depression and Anxiety. [PMID: 22065525]
- Sun, N., Li, Y., Cai, Y., Chen, J., Shen, Y., Sun, J., Zhang, Z., et al. (2011). A comparison of melancholic and nonmelancholic recurrent major depression in Han Chinese women. Depression and Anxiety. [PMID: 22065498]
- Flint, J., Chen, Y., Shi, S., & Kendler, K. S. (2011). Epilogue: Lessons from the CONVERGE study of major depressive disorder in China. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21955396]
- Gao, J., Li, Y., Cai, Y., Chen, J., Shen, Y., Ni, S., Wei, Y., et al. (2011). Perceived parenting and risk for major depression in Chinese women. Psychological Medicine, 1-10. [PMID: 21943491]
- Cong, E., Li, Y., Shao, C., Chen, J., Wu, W., Shang, X., Wang, Z., et al. (2011). Childhood sexual abuse and the risk for recurrent major depression in Chinese women. Psychological Medicine, 1-9. [PMID: 21835095]
- Gan, Z., Li, Y., Xie, D., Shao, C., Yang, F., Shen, Y., Zhang, N., et al. (2011). The impact of educational status on the clinical features of major depressive disorder among Chinese women. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21824664]
- Sang, W., Li, Y., Su, L., Yang, F., Wu, W., Shang, X., Zhang, G., et al. (2011). A comparison of the clinical characteristics of Chinese patients with recurrent major depressive disorder with and without dysthymia. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21824660]
- Tao, M., Li, Y., Xie, D., Wang, Z., Qiu, J., Wu, W., Sun, J., et al. (2011). Examining the relationship between lifetime stressful life events and the onset of major depression in Chinese women. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21821294]
- Tian, T., Li, Y., Xie, D., Shen, Y., Ren, J., Wu, W., Guan, C., et al. (2011). Clinical features and risk factors for post-partum depression in a large cohort of Chinese women with recurrent major depressive disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21824665]
- Xia, J., He, Q., Li, Y., Xie, D., Zhu, S., Chen, J., Shen, Y., et al. (2011). The relationship between neuroticism, major depressive disorder and comorbid disorders in Chinese women.Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21824661]
- Yang, F., Li, Y., Xie, D., Shao, C., Ren, J., Wu, W., Zhang, N., et al. (2011). Age at onset of major depressive disorder in Han Chinese women: Relationship with clinical features and family history. Journal of Affective Disorders. [PMID: 21782247]
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