Project among African Americans to Explore Risks for Schizophrenia

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Psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia can cause severe disturbances in a person’s mood, beliefs, and perceptions. They are very common, afflicting over 1% of adults world wide. We are doing research to find out why people get these illnesses. In particular, we are trying to identify the genetic and environmental factors that may make a person more likely to become ill.

If we are able to better understand what causes these illnesses, this knowledge may lead to:

  • Better treatment, with fewer side effects and possibly,
  • Prevention of the illnesses

This study is sponsored by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. It has become clear that a large number of participants are required for the research to be useful. To succeed, we need you to help by participating in the study. You and your family members are the most important partners in this research. Please read on to find out if your family might be eligible, and what participation would mean to you.

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