Examining genetics of depression in individuals of East Asian descent: a genome-wide association study

Takeaway

  • Findings about genetic risk factors for depression should not be generalized across different populations.

Why this matters

  • Depression manifests differently across geographical regions; thus, it is important to understand how best to assess the disease cross-culturally.

  • Results from this, first large genome-wide association study (GWAS) for depression in individuals of East Asian descent (EAd), highlight the need for more diverse population samples to study genetic and other depression-related risk factors.