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The NIMH Genetic Study of Schizophrenia

Join a Research Study: Enrolling nationally from around the country

To find out if you qualify, email the study team ( or call 1-301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) [TTY: 711].

If you or someone in your family is 18 years old or older and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder (depressed type), you may be able to participate in a genetic study that looks for genes in families. In order for family members to participate, the person with schizophrenia must be willing and able to participate. Eligible family members participate in an interview and contribute a sample of blood for genetic analysis. If you have schizophrenia, and if possible, your sibling, you may qualify to participate in this study. There is no change in medication involved.

The study involves simple cognitive tests and some MRI scans (no radiation). All testing is completed free of charge and there is compensation for each family member's participation in the study. Travel and lodging assistance is also available.

Scientists believe that the identification of susceptibility genes is key to understanding the molecular pathways of this disease so that better treatments and preventive methods can be developed in the future.

To find out if you qualify, email the study team ( or call 1-301-435-8970 (1-888-674-6464) [TTY: 711].

Study Identifiers

  • NIMH Protocol Number: 95-M-0150
  • Study Number: 00001486 

Investigator(s): Karen Faith Berman, M.D.