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UI receives $1.1 million grant to study genetics of mood disorders
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has received a $1.1 million
grant to help in efforts to identify the genes that lead to bipolar disorder.
The UI is one of eight sites around the country to receive funding from
the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the four-year project. The
probe into the genetics of psychiatric disorders is part of NIH's continuing
human genome project.
The NIH money will allow UI to gather a large group of sibling pairs
affected with manic-depression and study them, along with other family
members, to figure out what genes are involved in the disorder.
Dr. William Coryell, professor of psychiatry, will lead the UI efforts.
Coryell said he expects the project to get under way in about a month.
The psychiatric community has spent the last decade working on the genetic
make-up of psychiatric disorders. What makes the mapping so challenging
is that with each disorder there are multiple effects, and thus, multiple
genes involved, said Robert G. Robinson, UI professor and head of psychiatry.