UC Bipolar Disorder Study Searches for Genetic Link
Cincinnati--Researchers at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center
are beginning a new study to find the genes that cause individuals to
be at risk for developing bipolar disorder or manic depression.
Research studies have shown that the mental illness is genetically
linked or passed down through families.
Paul Keck, Jr., MD, and Susan McElroy, MD, associate professors in
Biological Psychiatry at the College of Medicine are looking for
volunteer families with at least three members who have experienced
bipolar disorder or depression to participate in the study about the
genetic make-up of the disorder.
People with bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings, ranging
from exuberant happiness to depression or hopelessness. While these
individuals may also have normal moods, they will behave very
differently during their emotional highs and lows. Study participants
will be required to donate a small sample of blood, have a confidential
interview, and complete a questionnaire. All information given is
strictly confidential and will not be shared with family members. No
names or other identifying information will be used in the published
For more information about the Bipolar Disorder Family Genetic Study,
call clinical research assistant Sean Jameson at (513) 558-1995.