Next Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Australian scientists will call for adults who have been treated for clinical depression, to volunteer for the world’s largest and most rigorous genetic investigation into the illness to date.

The Australian Genetics of Depression Study is the local arm of a groundbreaking international scientific collaboration designed to detect genetic factors that contribute to clinical depression, in order to develop better treatments, and ultimately, find a cure.

One-in-seven Australians will experience clinical depression (depression) during their lifetime.1 Clinical depression is the third most burdensome of all diseases in Australia.1 A complex illness that often occurs in families, clinical depression is typically caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences.1

To learn more about the study’s overarching aim to identify the genes that predispose people to clinical depression, tee up an interview with an investigator, expert and/or a study participant next Tuesday.

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  1. Black Dog Institute. Facts and Figures about Mental Health and Mood Disorders, 2012. Available at: [last accessed January, 2017]