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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Feb. 1, 2000

Individuals with schizophrenia invited to participate in genetics study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Health Care researcher Donald Black, M.D., professor of psychiatry, is conducting a study looking at the genetics of schizophrenia in hopes of developing better treatments for the condition.

Families with two or more siblings who have schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder may be eligible to participate in the study.

Each participant will need to complete a diagnostic interview and answer family history questions. Relatives who live too far away to visit the UI Hospitals and Clinics can be interviewed by telephone. Participants will also need to provide blood samples for DNA studies. Blood samples may be drawn by local physicians and mailed into the UI laboratory if a visit to Iowa City is not possible.

All information will be strictly confidential, even from family members. No family members will be contacted without prior permission of the relative who supplied the contact information.

For more information about the study, contact Janelle Gabel or Steve Schlosser at 319-353-4141, or toll-free at 800-777-8442 and ask to be connected to 353-4141.

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