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EDITORS: This is an abbreviated version of a news release distributed 8/6/97

UI researchers seeking additional participants for panic disorder study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa College of Medicine researchers involved in a study on panic disorder are interested in talking to additional families whose members experience the condition.

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.