Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network for Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP2)
A research study to understand the genetic basis and brain changes in those with schizophrenia, schizoaffective and bipolar disorder.
For more information about the B-SNIP2 Study or to see if you qualify, contact us using a free, confidential survey.
Principal Investigator: Matcheri Keshavan, MD
Why Participate in Research?
Participating in research studies like the B-SNIP Study allows participants to become more educated on their illness. It also allows participants to have a more involved role in their healthcare, as well as help contribute to research that could possibly lead to medical innovations and more effective treatments.
Why is Mental Health Research Important?
Bipolar and schizophrenia remain among the least understood mental disorders. Understanding these illness can lead to improvements in caring for individuals. Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder may share common and unique factors to the occurrences of these diseases. Identifying the genes that cause bipolar and schizophrenia is the first step toward new, more effective treatments and ultimately possible prevention in people who may be at risk.
What will happen during the study?
As a participant, you would be asked to:
Sign a consent form indicating your agreement to participate.
- Clinical interview
- Paper and pencil test of your attention, thinking and memory
- Specialized EEG
- Eye tracking
- Urine drug screen
- Blood test
Who can participate?
Eligible for the study are people 18-60 years old with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective or bipolar disorder with psychotic features. Excluded from the study are people with mental retardation, serious medical conditions or prolonged drug or alcohol abuse.
This study takes place at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, East Campus.
Individuals will be compensated with $350 for completion of the baseline procedures of the study. (Some participants are eligible for a 6 month and 12 month follow-up which will include additional compensation.) All assessments are free of charge.
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For more information, please contact:
Corin Pilo-Comtois, LMHC