Child and Adolescent At-Risk Evaluation for Bipolar Disorder Program at UT Health San Antonio

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The Child and Adolescent At-risk Evaluation for Bipolar Disorder Program

We are currently running the following studies:

For healthy children and adolescents: Do you have a child with no psychiatric diagnosis and neither do you? We are looking for healthy families in which the parents and child have not received psychiatric diagnoses. If you qualify, you and your family will be paid for participating in evaluations and MRI. Children who participate will receive pictures of their brain and a certificate of successful completion in research at UT Health San Antonio. This study is actively recruiting healthy children and adolescents 8-17 years old. For children and adolescents at-risk for bipolar disorder: Do you have mood swings? Have you been diagnosed with bipolar disorder? Do you have a family member who has bipolar disorder? Do you have a child who has anxiety or worries too much? We are seeking to understand the development of bipolar disorder from an early age. Participants will be asked to answer some questionnaires and undergo a brain scan (MRI). There is no radiation involved with the brain scan and results will be used to create treatments for children and adolescents at-risk for developing bipolar disorder. Even if you do not know if you or your child's other biological parent has bipolar disorder, but your child has anxiety or worries, we can evaluate you for bipolar disorder. You do not need to already have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to be in the study. This study is actively recruiting children and adolescents 8-17 years old. For children already diagnosed with bipolar disorder or who experience mood swings and bipolar disorder is suspected: Do you have a child who has bipolar disorder - or maybe you aren't sure and your child has mood swings? If you have a child that experiences mood swings or has already been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and that child has a sibling, they may qualify for this study. In collaboration with the Texas Biomedical Institute, we are looking at whether stem cells can be used to generate neural tissue from which we can examine various genetic components and their relationship with neurocognitive tests and brain structure. Participants will be required to undergo a blood draw (small tube, numbing cream provided) and a brain scan (MRI). This study is actively recruiting children and adolescents 8-17 years old.

Please call 210-450-8362 or email bdstudysa@uthscsa.edu if you would like more information on these studies or find out if you qualify.