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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 08/05/98
Media Contact: AHC Public Relations, (513) 558-4553
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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 study results.

For more information about the Bipolar Disorder Family Genetic Study, call clinical research assistant Sean Jameson at (513) 558-1995.

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