Shanghai key laboratory of psychotic disorder (referred as"Key laboratory"below) was established with the sanction of Shanghai Science and Technology Commission in September 2013, and passed the evaluation and acceptance by the Commission in September 2015. As one of the important basic research platforms of Shanghai Mental Health Center (SMHC), key laboratory undertakesimportant scientific research tasks. The overall orientation of key laboratory is “to take the national medium and long-term scientific and technological development plan as the index, to keep in line with the major requirements of national development and the frontiers of brain science development,to concentrate upon mental disorders; to refine research directions; and to carry out fundamental and clinical applied studies”.
Key laboratory has an experimental building of 6000 square meters in Minhang branch with several platforms including molecular biology platform;cell biology platform;animal behavior platform; in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology platform ; confocal imaging platform;optical genetic platform; metabonomic and proteome platform;human brain electrophysiology and MRI platform;and sample bank platform,etc.Each platform is equipped with advanced instrumentation and managed by professional researcher. Key laboratory has not only undertaken the scientific research tasks of the departments and research groups in SMHC,but also provided technical services to the affiliated hospitals of Shanghai JiaoTong University and scientific research institutes throughout the city.At present, the research teams of the Key laboratory also cooperate with many foreign universities and scientific research institutions.