Boonshoft seeking study participants


Greene County News

FAIRBORN — Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine are actively seeking control subjects for the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

This part of the study is seeking African-Americans, age 18 or older, who do not have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and do not have immediate family members who have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

The study, which was originally conducted in July, has been expanded to include three additional sessions. It takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 26-29, Nov. 14-17 and Jan. 9-12 at the Wright State University Student Union in the Mariner Room, room 105.

Participants will be required to fill out a health questionnaire, read and sign a consent form and give a blood sample. In return for their time, they will receive a $20 Walmart gift card.

The nationwide study is administered through the State University of New York and is regionally conducted under the direction of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine. The study is an effort to help scientists find the genes that cause bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Finding these relevant genes could lead to the discovery of better treatments that will help improve the lives of people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Those who are interested in participating in the study should contact Caressa Brown at 937-223-8840, ext. 115 or [email protected]. Walk-ins are welcome. All inquiries are confidential.

Story courtesy of Wright State University.

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