Special Issue "Biomarkers Guided Diagnosis and Therapy: Toward Precision Psychiatry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2020).
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Biomarkers are an objective measurement of a normal biological process that can be used to predict or indicate the presence of a disease. The key biological substrates that are altered in psychiatric disorders (hormones, neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, cytokines, metabolic, genetic and neuroimaging markers) would be the possible biomarkers; however, there are no biological tests that are able to objectively predict the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, and there are no validated biomarkers with high specificity and sensitivity that might facilitate early diagnosis and prevent misdiagnosis. Since psychiatric disorders is so heterogeneous and associated with different clinical presentation and different clinical symptoms, the development of a single biomarker is highly unlikely. Therefore, there is an unmet need to search for a validated set of different biomarkers or the complex multimarker panels that might be used to reliably and reproducibly predict and confirm the diagnosis for psychiatric disorders. Precision psychiatry’s ultimate goal is to identify the biomarkers that can be used in clinical practice and can guide psychiatrists in improving treatment outcomes and reducing side effects. The Special Issue presents an overview of the biological measures that may potentially serve as biomarkers in psychiatric disorders and discuss key challenges in their use and application in psychiatry.
Prof. Yong-Ku Kim
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- biological marker
- precision psychiatry