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Current Opportunities to Participate in Research
Paternal Age Related Schizophrenia as a Discrete Disorder
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between specific symptoms of schizophrenia, brain functioning, genes and family history of schizophrenia. Participation in this study involves a number of different interviews, computer memory and problem solving tasks, a blood draw and an MRI.
Genomic Psychiatry Cohort Study
The purpose of this study is to identify the genetic factors related to schizophrenia. We are studying individuals with schizophrenia and individuals who have no prior history of mental illness. Subjects must be at least 18 years old and must be willing to donate a small blood sample (about 2-3 teaspoons). Genetic factors that are found in blood will be studied to understand the differences in these factors between individuals with schizophrenia and those without the disease. Statistical tests will be used to see if these differences could have happened just by chance. If we find differences that are not due to chance, this could indicate that those factors could be involved in the development of schizophrenia, or could influence the course of the disease. The findings from this study could help us to understand how and why the disease occurs, develop better treatments, and ultimately, to prevent the disease.
Treatment of Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia With Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Most treatments for schizophrenia are helpful in treating positive symptoms (e.g. hallucinations), whereas negative symptoms (e.g. low social drive) are only partially responsive to medication. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a noninvasive way of stimulating the brain that has been FDA approved for the treatment of depression and has shown promise in schizophrenia. This study will test whether repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is helpful in treating negative symptoms and social deficits of schizophrenia.
If you have any questions or would like to particpate in the TMS study contact Arielle Stanford at 212.543.1339.
If you are interested in participating, referring to, or finding out more about any of the above studies please contact:
- Tara Malone of Stephanie Polito: (212)263-8107