The term Cognitive Genetics was introduced to bridge the concepts of genetics and cognitive processes in the first decade of the 21st century. This relatively novel branch of genetics studies the influence of genetic variation on cognition and central nervous system disorders.
Our mission is to identify genetic causes of cognitive disorders and to study the molecular defects in order to eventually develop rational therapy.
Our research group Cognitive Genetics is part of the research cluster Medical Genetics of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences of the University of Antwerp. The research cluster, in combination with diagnostic and clinical units forms the Center of Medical Genetics. We are part of the University of Antwerp research excellence center GENOmics in MEDicine (GENOMED), that was recently awarded a prestigious Methusalem grant. Our group is also a founding member of the expertise technology consortium Precision Medicine Technologies (PreMeT) for logistic support of our industrial collaborations.