Ritva Arajärvi

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We have previously reported a linkage peak on 1q42 in a Finnish schizophrenia sample. In this study we genotyped 28 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from 1q42 covering the three candidate genes TRAX, DISC1 and DISC2, using a study sample of 458 Finnish families ascertained for schizophrenia. Two-point and haplotype association analysis revealed a(More)
Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder affecting approximately 1% of the world's population. Here, we report the results from a three-stage genomewide screen performed in a study sample from an internal isolate of Finland. An effort was made to identify genes predisposing for schizophrenia that are potentially enriched in this isolate, which has an(More)
We have previously carried out two genome-wide scans in samples of Finns ascertained for schizophrenia from national epidemiological registers. Here, we report data from a third genome scan in a nationwide Finnish schizophrenia study sample of 238 pedigrees with 591 affected individuals. Of the 238 pedigrees, 53 originated from a small internal isolate (IS)(More)
We have earlier reported evidence for linkage to two regions on chromosome 1q32--q42 in schizophrenia families collected for two separate studies in Finland. Here we report the results of a fine mapping effort aimed at further definition of the chromosomal region of interest using a large, population-based study sample (221 families, 557 affected(More)
We report the results of a four-stage genome-wide scan in a schizophrenia study sample consisting of 134 affected sib-pairs collected in Finland. In stage I we genotyped 370 markers from the Weber 6 screening set ( N = 52 affected sib-pairs); in stage II we followed up 40 markers by typing first-degree relatives of the sib-pairs; in stage III we genotyped(More)
CONTEXT Patients with schizophrenia have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, very few studies have dealt with the association of type 1 diabetes and schizophrenia. Preliminary evidence points to a possible inverse association. OBJECTIVE To investigate the incidence of schizophrenia in a nationwide cohort of patients with type 1(More)
Schizophrenia occurs worldwide but the prevalence varies markedly. In Finland, schizophrenia is most prevalent in the northeastern region. Our aims were to reassess the register-, case record- and interview-based lifetime prevalence in a genetically homogeneous birth cohort from an isolate population with earlier reported high prevalence of schizophrenia(More)
This interdisciplinary study aims at describing the functional capacity of men belonging to different generation cohorts. The development of methods for the assessment of functional capacity is also the purpose of the study. Functional capacity is defined as a hierarchy comprising physical, mental and social areas into which individuals can be placed(More)
During the past decade numerous studies have been published describing chromosomal regions potentially linked with schizophrenia. Unfortunately, none of these studies has been able to conclusively identify any specific gene that predisposes to schizophrenia. Typically evidence for linkage is seen on large chromosomal regions, as expected, containing tens or(More)
BACKGROUND Schizophrenia aggregates in families and accurate diagnoses are essential for genetic studies of schizophrenia. In this study, we investigated whether siblings of patients with schizophrenia can be identified as free of any psychotic disorder using only register information. We also analyzed the emergence of psychotic disorders among siblings of(More)