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(p. 497) Thoughts for the Future 

(p. 497) Thoughts for the Future
(p. 497) Thoughts for the Future

Richard McCarty

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date: 25 May 2020

Several exciting lines of research have emerged from the study of animal models of mental disorders. This chapter presents seven opportunities for enhancing the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. They include improvements to the system for diagnosis of mental disorders, use of induced pluripotent stem cells from patients to generate neuronal cultures for in vitro determination of effective drug therapies for those individuals, use of data-mining techniques for understanding patient variability, a commitment to a greater focus on the prevention of mental disorders, innovative uses of smartphones to track patients and individuals at high risk of developing a mental disorder, and developing next-generation therapies and delivery systems that target a specific area of the brain rather than the entire brain. A common theme in these seven thoughts for the future is a commitment to bringing precision medicine tools to the treatment of patients with mental disorders.

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