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CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax (319) 335-8034
e-mail: david-pedersen@uiowa.edu

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EDITORS: Participants are still needed for this study. This release was last distributed in February.

UI researchers seeking participants for panic disorder study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa College of Medicine researchers are interested in talking to families whose members experience panic disorder.

UI researchers will conduct interviews and collect small blood samples from families who have three or more members with panic disorder. The interviews, which last about an hour and are conducted at the families' homes, are meant to gather information about each person's panic attacks and the factors that may cause them. The interviews help researchers confirm which persons in a family have panic disorder and which do not.

The researchers hope that by studying family members with panic disorder they will move closer toward identifying the gene or group of genes responsible for the condition.

Families with three or more members experiencing panic disorder are invited to take part in the UI study. For more information, call (319) 353-4347.

9/8/98