Cell line studies of psychiatric illness

February 03, 2017
William E. Bunney, MD
UC Irvine Medical Center (Building 3, Room 204) in Orange
The purpose of this project is to investigate molecular changes in peripheral samples from patients with major depression and controls (living cells isolated from skin samples or hair follicles, hair, blood and urine samples) associated with psychiatric disorders and with suicidal behaviors to develop biomarkers for those conditions.
Male and female participants aged 18‐70 years with a diagnosis of MDD with or without psychotic features. Male and female participants aged 18‐70 years with no history of psychiatric disorders.
This study requires a screening (~2 hours), baseline (~4 hours) and one‐year followup (~4 hours) visit. Three follow‐up telephone assessments will also be completed at 3, 6, and 9 months following the baseline visit.
There is no direct benefit anticipated for the subjects. But, this study offers the benefit of understanding the causes of mental illness which may result in revealing new areas of research and thus new treatments.
Compensation is $100 for completing the baseline visit and $200 for completing the 1‐year follow‐up.
Dr. Firoza Mamdani or Dr. Julie Patterson, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior