The International Society of Psychiatric Genetics was founded in 1984 with the aim of promoting and facilitating research in the genetics of psychiatric disorders, substance use disorders and allied traits. The Society strives to promote education both of the scientific community and of the lay public. The Society is a non-profit, world-wide organization that strives for the highest ethical standards in genetic research and the application of findings from genetic research in clinical psychiatry practice.
Through the Annual World Congress of Psychiatric Genetics, the Society encourages communication and collaboration between researchers and encourages the development of research methods and, where possible, encourages comparability and replication of results. Attendees of the 2015 World Congress will celebrate the XXIIIrd meeting of the Society.