Study Description: This research study is focused on schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorder in the African American population. The purpose of this research study is to obtain a blood sample, in order to analyze deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the body's genetic material. We hope to find genes that increase the chance of developing schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorder or that affects the disease course. This research could someday assist us in developing better treatments that might help prevent a recurrence of symptoms in persons with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorder. In this study we are enrolling subjects with and without a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and bipolar disorder who are African American or of African descent.
Principal Investigator: Brian Miller
Eligibility Criteria: African American/ African Ancestry Age 18 years or older Capable of providing Informed Consent Either has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar disorder OR no history of psychosis or mania themselves as well as in a first degree relative
Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.
Compensation Explanation: Subjects will be paid $25 for study participation. Participants will be given the option of the one-time payment in the form of a mailed paper check, or a Greenphire ClinCard.
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