CONTACT: JENNIFER CRONIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-9917; fax (319) 335-8034
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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership
between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the
patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.