IBG's recent program review, the Internal Review Committee reported
that IBG is "...among the strongest of the research institutes
on campus. The Institute has an outstanding faculty and research staff
that has established unique and highly successful interdisciplinary
research programs." The research record of "...the resident
faculty members...is outstanding in terms of international recognition,
publications and extramural funding." The Extramural Review Committee
concurred, referring to IBG as "...the leading center for human
and animal behavioral genetic studies in the US and, arguably, in
the world." In its summary findings, the Program Review Panel
stated that the "...Institute for Behavioral Genetics is an independent
academic enterprise that is peerless in its field and a superb asset
to the University of Colorado and to the Boulder Campus."
mission of IBG, an organized research unit of the University of Colorado
at Boulder, is to conduct and facilitate research on the genetic bases
of individual differences in behavior and to conduct research training
in this interdisciplinary area. Throughout its history, IBG has been
characterized by the breadth of its interdisciplinary research and
training programs. Although the methodology of behavioral genetics
is generally applicable to the study of individual differences for
any character, current research at IBG is focused on behaviors of
obvious societal relevance.
human research, in addition to studies of drug-related behaviors,
includes large-scale family, twin, and adoption studies of cognitive
abilities and personality, and of disorders such as learning disabilities
and psychopathology. The detection, localization and identification
of individual quantitative trait loci, using both linkage and association
methods, is a high priority.
animals are used to study drug-related behaviors, particularly those
associated with the use of alcohol and nicotine. For these studies,
a large number of different strains and genetically selected stocks
of mice are maintained in the IBG specific-pathogen-free mouse laboratory.
These include inbred and recombinant strains of mice that provide
efficient tools for screening behaviors for genetic influence and
mapping quantitative trait loci. Selection studies in which mice are
bred for certain characteristics provide definitive proof of genetic
influence and also yield animal models that are valuable for subsequent
research in functional genomics.