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Imaging genetics refers to the use of anatomical or physiological imaging technologies as phenotypic assays to evaluate genetic variation. Scientists that first used the term imaging genetics were interested in how genes influence psychopathology and used functional neuroimaging to investigate genes that are expressed in the brain (neuroimaging genetics).[1]

The University of California, Irvine hosts an annual conference in January called the International Imaging Genetics Conference. This international symposium is held to assess the state of the art in the various established fields of genetics and imaging, and to facilitate the transdisciplinary fusion needed to optimize the development of the emerging field of Imaging Genetics. Upcoming conference details and the archives of past conferences can be found at the website [].


  1. Hariri, A. R., Drabant, E.M. & Weinberger, D. R. (May 2006). Imaging genetics: Perspectives from studies of genetically driven variation in serotonin function and corticolimbic affective processing. Biological Psychiatry 59 (10): 888–897.