Individuals or family members ages 18 or older who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed type) may be able to participate in a genetic study that looks for genes in families. In order for family members to participate, the person with schizophrenia must be willing and able to participate. Eligible family members participate in an interview and contribute a sample of blood for genetic analysis. Individuals who have schizophrenia, and if possible, their sibling(s), may qualify to participate in this study. There is no change in medication involved. The study involves simple cognitive tests and some MRI scans (no radiation). All testing is completed free of charge and there is compensation for each family member’s participation in the study. Travel and lodging assistance is also available. Scientists believe that the identification of susceptibility genes is key to understanding the molecular pathways of this disease so that better treatments and preventive methods can be developed in the future. For more information, please call 301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) or email us at
For more information on research conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD click here

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