The 22q11.2 Society

Promoting research, diagnosis, prognosis, and management of 22q11.2DS & related disorders

Jacob Vorstman

Jacob Vorstman MD, PhD is an associate professor of psychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, in Toronto, Canada. He is originally from the Netherlands, where he trained in both child and adolescent psychiatry (clinic and research) and molecular genetics (research). Between 2004 and 2006 and from April 2016 to June 2017 he also worked in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, United States of America.

Starting in 2001, his research aims to elucidate genotype-phenotype relations in autism and schizophrenia. An important part of his research focuses on the psychiatric and genetic aspects of the 22q11.2 deletion.

In September 2017 he moved to Toronto where he, together with his team at the Autism Research Unit, initiated a multidisciplinary clinic called DAGSY (Developmental Assessment of Genetically Susceptible Youth), designated for children with genetic risk variants associated with a psychiatric or neurodevelopmental outcomes. As of January 2020, he holds the SickKids Psychiatry Associates Chair in Developmental Psychopathology.


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