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China’s Role in the Biological Psychiatry Research

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China is now playing an increasingly important role in life sciences, including biological psychiatry. In this article, we firstly gave a brief introduction to the history of biological psychiatry in China, with a focus on the past 40-year development. We secondly discussed the current status of biological psychiatry research in China, including the financial and manpower investment and the scientific output. We particularly reviewed the contributions of the Chinese scientists to the field of neuroimaging, basic neuroscience, and clinical application studies of psychiatric disorders. We thirdly discussed the opportunities and challenges of biological psychiatry research in China in the future. We claimed that China is promising in the biological research of psychiatry, based on its abundant patient and research intellect resource, advanced higher primate research, treasurable traditional Chinese medicine, and the promising China Brain Project. However, we also pointed out that China is faced with increasing concerns on the research quality, research integrity and ethical risks in this field, which call for effective actions from Chinese policymakers, researchers, and the public. Despite these concerns, we believe that China is expected to exert greater influence in biological psychiatry in the future.


  • China
  • Biological psychiatry research
  • Higher primate research
  • Traditional Chinese medicine

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Liu, B., Li, L. (2019). China’s Role in the Biological Psychiatry Research. In: Okpaku, S. (eds) Innovations in Global Mental Health. Springer, Cham.

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