is a large-scale study, funded in 2007 by the National Institute
of Mental Health.
Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder both “run in families”
although how they are inherited and which genes and environmental
factors are the most relevant are not well understood. Neither
is it clear how these factors affect brain structure and function,
personality or cognitive abilities.
purpose of the B-SNIP study is to discover how the risk for
schizophrenia and bipolar disorder is transmitted in families,
to identify the most important risk genes and to measure the
other factors listed above.
the study is interested in measuring risk for the illnesses,
we are as interested in assessing close family members as we
are in examining people with the actual disorder.
order to do this several thousand people will be recruited at
six sites throughout the United States, in Hartford/New
Haven Connecticut, Baltimore Maryland, Detroit Michigan, Chicago
Illinois, Dallas Texas and Boston Massachusetts. The study will assess people
with schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or bipolar
(manic-depressive) illness and their close family members,
(brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers) on a variety of biological
measures that seem to be associated with risk for the disorder.
log in and access the wiki click here.
the Brochure (pdf).To
view the B-Snip art click here.
Greater Connecticut B-SNIP Video Clip