UCSD Department of Psychiatry
Genetics Research Program
The goal of our research team is to locate the genes that contribute to certain psychiatric conditions such as bipolar disorder, major depression and schizophrenia. By doing so, we hope to determine the genes' function in the body and develop a better understanding of the basic chemical imbalances in the brain that cause individuals to experience symptoms. We will then use this valuable information to aid in the design of better and more effective treatment interventions. Our team accomplishes these goals by working with families and individuals affected with these conditions.We are currently involved in three research projects at UC San Diego investigating mood disorders and schizophrenia. This web site addresses bipolar research only. We will be adding pages in the near future that describe our major depression and schizophrenia studies in detail.
Why Study Families?
At present our team has three family research studies involving bipolar
disorder. We are able to do most of
our work over the telephone and through the mail, though we do try to make
personal visits whenever possible. All of the information we gather for our research is strictly
confidential. We do not share information between family
members or with anyone outside our own research group without explicit
We do not share information between family members or with anyone outside our own research group without explicit permission.
NIMH SIBLING STUDY
The first study is a collaborative, sibling pair venture with the National Institute of Mental Health. Brothers and sisters are the closest to each other genetically and will, therefore, provide us with extremely valuable information. For this project we are seeking families with siblings who are experiencing bipolar symptoms. Participation involves a confidential research interview and a blood sample.
UCSD FAMILY STUDIES
The second project has been underway for the last 15 years in our laboratory at UCSD. In our triad study we are looking for one individual with bipolar symptoms and both of his/her parents. In our random sample study we need just one individual with bipolar symptoms and no other family members. These studies also involve a confidential research interview and blood sample.
What Does Participation Involve?
Please call toll free or email requests for further information on how to volunteer:
1-888-BP-GENES (274-3637) firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact email@example.com.
Last updated: October 22, 2004.