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Academic achievement and risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

The aim of this study is to examine good and poor school performance from the national Swedish school register, as risk factors for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other psychoses while controlling for pregnancy and birth complications and social factors.

Project description

Bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia are severe psychiatric disorders of largely unknown aetiology, with a relatively abrupt onset of clinical symptoms in early adulthood. However, it is increasingly clear that subtle abnormalities may be detectable prior to the onset of symptoms, at least in schizophrenia.

Project leader

Christina Hultman

Main financing: Medical Research Council, United Kingdom


Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry and King's College, London: Robin M. Murray, James MacCabe, Pak Sham, Anthony David

Karolinska Institutet: Mats Lambe, Sven Cnattingius