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

    We are currently running the following studies.
  1. 1. 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?

If so, your child may qualify for a study and we would like to talk to you about it.

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.

    2. 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 NOW CLOSED.

Please call 210-450-8362 or email if you believe your child/children may qualify and would like more information on these studies.