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for Douglas F. Levinson

 

Why study genetics of depression?

 

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contact information

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Welcome to the coordinating site of:

Genetics of Recurrent Early-Onset Depression (GenRED) 

a research study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.

 

Do you and a family member have depression? 

Please consider taking part in this nationwide research study.

 

You may be able to participate if:

                 ●  your depression started by age 30,

                 ●  you have had more than one period of depression in your life, and

                 ●  at least one brother, sister or parent has also had depression.

Please scroll down to read more about study participation.

 

For more information:

contact our national coordinating center at Stanford University:

genredstudy@stanford.edu

or call toll-free 877-407-9529 

(all emails and calls are confidential)

 

(We are unable to include people with bipolar disorder, or with bipolar disorder in the  

immediate family, but there is a similar study of bipolar disorder, click here:  

http://www.bipolargenes.org/).

 

If you live in California, Oregon or Washington state:

please click here to contact us at Stanford.  

In the SF Bay Area, you can also call us at 650-736-0481.

 

 

 

If you prefer, you can contact a participating university directly:

Columbia University:

           Email:          sibhealth@childpsych.columbia.edu

           Phone:         212-543-6297

           Web page:  http://www.nyspi.org/depression

Howard University:

           Email:          gendepression@howard.edu

           Phone:         202-806-7642

Johns Hopkins University:

           Email:          moods@jhu.edu

           Phone:         410-614-1017

           Web page:   www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/moods/genetics

University of Iowa:

           Email:          nancy-hale@uiowa.edu

           Phone:         888-850-8531

           Web page:   http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/psychiatry/research/earlydepression.html

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago):

           Email:          Michael_J_Purcell@rush.edu

           Phone:         888-820-3395

 

For complete GenRED site contact information, click here.

 

Solving the Genetics of Major Depression

The study will create a DNA collection from over 2,000 people to permit scientists to search for depression-related genes.  These scientists will not be given any information that could identify you or your family.

 

Benefits of Participating

ˇFinding relevant genes could lead to the development of better treatments.

ˇYou will receive reimbursement for participation.

 

Who Can Participate?

  ● People who have had 2 or more periods of depression.

  ● The first depression started by age 30 or younger.

  ● At least one brother, sister or parent has also had depression (by age 40 or younger).

  ● We are unable to include people with bipolar disorder, or with bipolar disorder in the  

     immediate family (but there is a similar study of bipolar disorder, click here:  

      http://www.bipolargenes.org/).

 

If you volunteer

  ● You will be interviewed about your personal and family mental health history. 

  ● You do not  need to live near our sites.  Interviews can be completed by phone.

  ● You will be asked for a blood specimen for DNA studies.

  ● You may be asked for help in inviting family members to participate,

      but family participation is not required.

  ● Confidentiality is protected.

 

Do genes cause depression?

Studies of depression in families suggest that around 50% of the predisposition to major depression is caused by genes.  People with recurrent depression that starts at a younger age have more relatives with depression.  There are probably many interacting genes, rather than a single gene as in some medical disorders.

 

Why find these genes?

Identifying these genes would help us to understand the brain mechanisms involved in severe depression. This could lead to discovery of new treatments.

 

Contact us at:

genredstudy@stanford.edu

or call toll-free 877-407-9529

 

If you live in California, Oregon or Washington state:

please click here to contact us at Stanford.  

In the SF Bay Area, you can also call us at 650-736-0481.