Development of mass spectrometry based method of schizophrenia diagnostics, PI Yury Kostyukevich

The number of people with mental disorder is growing in the modern world. Constant stress, unhealthy rhythm of life leads to the frequent outbreaks of panic, aggression even for physically healthy people. Unfortunately such outbreaks can results in the dramatic consequences if the subject have an access to the weapon (policeman, hunters etc). Currently the detection of mental disorder can only be performed in clinics and only at the later stages of the disease. Currently there is no technology based only on the measurable parameters of the patient (molecular markers, physical parameters etc) which can used for the early diagnosis of the mental disorder. The product of an innovative project will be a fast and reliable method of schizophrenia diagnostics based on patient’s blood test by mass spectrometry method.