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September 2018

Investigating the Role of Micronutrients in Brain Development and Psychiatric Disorders via Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Author Affiliations
  • 1Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(9):880-882. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.1255

The majority of psychiatric disorders emerge during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood, often crossing diagnostic boundaries and interfering with everyday functioning later in life. It is therefore unsurprising that most psychiatric disorders are conceptualized at present as disorders of brain development from conception onward. Any event known to interfere with prenatal or postnatal development of the human brain has the potential to increase the risk of developing psychiatric disorder down the line.

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