Anders Børglum is Professor of Medical Genetics and Chair of Personalized Medicine Research at Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University (AU). He is also Director of Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Leader of Aarhus Genome-data Center and Chair of the Personalized Medicine Network, AU.
His research focuses on identifying genes that confer risk or resilience to psychiatric disorders, functional characterization of the identified genes and translating the genetic insights to advance precision medicine in psychiatry. The research involves large-scale genomics studies of tens or hundreds of thousands of individuals, analyzing comprehensive multidimensional health and biological omics data.
Anders Børglum was the first Scientific Director and main applicant of the initial iPSYCH proposal on integrative psychiatric research. iPSYCH has established one of the largest psychiatric genetic projects in the world with a database comprising genetic data on practically all individuals diagnosed with 6 major psychiatric disorders born in Denmark since 1981, cross-linked with comprehensive health-related data from the Danish registers. More information on iPSYCH here, and video from the opening ceremony (in Danish) here.
In addition to his roles at AU, Anders Børglum is deeply engaged in the international Psychiatric Genomics Consortium (PGC), serving as Chair of the PGC Autism Group, member of the PGC Coordinating Committee and active in several PGC disorder groups.
Anders Børglum has led or co-led large genome-wide studies of major psychiatric disorders, including autism, ADHD, disruptive behavior disorders, schizophrenia, depression and cannabis use disorder, identifying the first common (and rare) risk variants for several of these disorders. His team has contributed to numerous other studies of mental disorders. The highly influential papers provide novel understanding of etiologies, biological underpinnings and the remarkable genetic overlap across disorders (see selected papers in CV).