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Release: March 3, 1999

Participants invited to join UI study of manic depressive illness

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Men and women age 18 and older who have manic depressive illness, and who also have a brother or sister with this condition, are invited to participate in a family study of manic depressive illness at the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Manic depressive illness also is referred to as bipolar disorder. The study, led by William Coryell, M.D., UI professor of psychiatry, is part of a larger project funded by the National Institute for Mental Health. The project's goal is to identify the genes that predispose individuals to develop manic depressive illness. This study may ultimately lead to earlier detection and improved treatment for this disorder.

For more information, contact project coordinator Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D., toll-free at 1-888-850-8531.