Universities announce PsyCymru study

Plans to set up a new Welsh Assembly Government-funded study to help with the understanding of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have been announced by Swansea, Cardiff and Bangor universities.

The study, called PsyCymru, will bring together psychosis researchers with expertise on issues such as genetics, neuro-imaging, health informatics and health services research from across Wales.

The purpose of the study is to learn more about interactions between biological, psychological and social risk factors leading to onset and relapse. The study will also examine the efficacy of current treatment interventions.

Researchers are looking to recruit approximately 360 participants with psychotic illness from inpatients, outpatients, community mental health teams, general practice and the voluntary sector between now and the end of March 2011. Participants will be interviewed and have a blood sample taken for genetic analysis.

By understanding more about the causes, course and outcomes it is hoped that better interventions can be created to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

For more information on the study and how to take part please contact Joanna McGregor, Research Assistant, CHIRAL, School of Medicine, Grove Building, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP. Tel: 01792 602809 E-mail: J.I.McGregor@swansea.ac.uk