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Comment & Response
October 2015

The Classification of Biomarkers

Author Affiliations
  • 1IMPACT Strategic Research Centre, School of Medicine, Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
  • 2School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • 3Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
  • 4Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(10):1056-1057. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.1113

To the Editor In JAMA Psychiatry, Pine and Leibenluft1 highlighted the importance of biomarkers in elucidating mechanisms. However, there is an issue regarding the nomenclature of biomarkers that clouds the field in that the term biomarker is typically used as an interchangeable umbrella term for a diversity of biological and clinical phenomena. The fields would be assisted in this regard by greater systematized precision in the use of the term biomarker.

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