A study of depression to benefit the community
The best treatment for depression is often an antidepressant drug - but the only way to find the most appropriate drug for each patient is through a process of trial and error.
Precision treatment for patients with depression
The aim of this study is to examine the links between symptoms of depression and an individual's genes. If we can identify genetic variants of depression, we should then be able to to identify which antidepressant will work best for each patient.
Ultimately, this would mean a patient diagnosed with depression would have a simple blood test, which would indicate the best drug for them. This will dramatically reduce the stress, anxiety and uncertainty that can exist around current treatment regimes.
Dr Musker is affiliated with The University of Adelaide.