Schizophrenia (and other major psychiatric illnesses that
overlap with it) is known to have an inherited tendency--that is, it
appears to run in families. Why and how this occurs is not yet
known. Our research program is investigating what causes this
familial tendency by examining the genes of those afflicted with the
illness and those of their immediate relatives. If a gene can be
linked to the development of schizophrenia, advances can be made in
the detection of this illness and in creating new treatments for it.

Our research studies on the inheritance of schizophrenia are
funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health
(NIMH). Because of the complex nature of the illness, we need the
participation of as many families as possible in which there is at
least 2 living siblings diagnosed with schizophrenia or
schizoaffective disorder, and who have at least one living parent.

Participation involves the donation of a blood sample, consent
for medical records (if necessary), and being available at some time
to speak with one of our investigators either by phone or in person.
If you would like more information and/or would like to participate,
please call (516)444-1556 or (516)444-3406,


or write to:
Dr. Lynn DeLisi, M.D., Project Director
Department of Psychiatry
Health Sciences Center, T-10
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8101