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Nov. 14, 2006

UI Studies Seek People With Gambling Problems

People age 18 and older who have or had gambling problems or are diagnosed with pathological gambling disorder are invited to participate in two University of Iowa research studies.

One study will investigate behavioral and personality traits in people with gambling problems and these individuals' close relatives to see if the problems are passed down among families. The second study will focus on memory and cognition (thinking) in people with pathological gambling disorder. Eligible participants can be in one or both studies.

The first study involves a three to five-hour interview that can be done in a single session or over several sessions on the UI campus, participant's home or another convenient location. The study also involves the taking of a small blood sample. The study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

The second study involves a four-hour session of tests on attention, memory, cognition and learning. The session can take place at the UI or at a different location that is convenient to the participant. The study is funded by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

Both studies can involve making a video recording of participants. However, participants are not required to participate in this aspect. Compensation is available.

The lead investigator for both studies is Donald Black, M.D., professor of psychiatry in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

For more information, contact the Iowa Gambling Research Center at the UI at 319-384-4600 or You may also call UI Health Access toll free at 800-777-8442 and ask to speak to the gambling studies coordinator.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

STUDY CONTACT: Brett McCormick, Iowa Gambling Research Center, 319-384-4600 or

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660