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Current Research and New Trends
We are learning more about the biology and psychology of bipolar disorder every year. There are many fine research institutes around the world. If one of these organizations in in your vicinity, it might be worthwhile to attend lectures or subscribe to a newsletter. Many of them are seeking volunteers to participate in research studies, and it is often not necessary to live near them to do so. If you are interested in the latest developments in understanding the origina, operation and treatment of the illness, these are a few of the places to start.

Are You a Parent With Bipolar Disorder? You and your children could help us learn more about bipolar disorder. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is seeking children of parents with bipolar disorder for a research study of people who, compared to others, have an increased chance of getting bipolar disorder. We can learn from both children who are doing well or having problems. There is no treatment in this outpatient study at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Participants must be between 8-17 years old, have a parent with bipolar disorder, and be medically healthy. Thorough evaluation provided free of charge. Transportation assistance and compensation available for participation.
Bipolar Aging and Imaging Study A study to learn more about how the brain changes with age in those diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Participants are compensated. Medication and daily activities are not changed.
Bipolar Disorders Clinic Stanford University School of Medicine. The Bipolar Disorders Clinic is part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Clinical Trials: Bipolar Disorder The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) conducts a large number of research studies with patients who have mental health disorders. Their studies are performed at the NIH Clinical Center (CC), a hospital dedicated to the highest quality research, in Bethesda, Maryland, near Washington, D.C.
Columbia Bipolar Genetic Study At New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. If two or more members of your family have had a manic episode, your family may qualify to be in this study.
Highwire Press Stanford University. Browse Journals publishing on Mood Disorders (Including Depression).
McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly An extremely topical newsletter packed with information, from latest research to book reviews to issues that profoundly affect our lives.
Mood Alert A weekly alerting service that delivers news, research, and treatment information about Mood and Anxiety Disorders to your desktop. Includes depression, bipolar disorder, phobias, PTSD, and generalized anxiety disorders.
NAMI eNews & Alerts Keep posted on the latest mental health updates.
National Bipolar Genetics Collaboration A collaborative genetics research study being carried on at major research universities across the U.S. that enlists the help of families from all across the United States and Canada.
Stanley Medical Research Institute (SMRI) A nonprofit organization supporting research on the causes of, and treatments for, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Yale Mood Disorders Research Program The MDRP brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists who use a wide variety of research methods in a highly collaborative research effort to study the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to mood disorders, and how these factors interact to affect the brain and cause the specific symptoms associated with these disorders.

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