Cardiff University to undertake schizophrenia research project

Cardiff University are looking for volunteers to take part in a study into what makes some people more likely than others to develop schizophrenia.

The study will examine how people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder perform on a series of tests of concentration, memory and thinking skills.

Researchers intend to measure this by asking participants to complete a clinical interview and then a series of tests of memory, concentration and thinking speed. The total interview time will be approximately two – three hours and participants may take breaks whenever they wish during the tests.

The study also intends to examine the influence of genes on performance of these tests and this will involve taking a blood sample (unless the participant has given the researchers a blood sample in the past).

Study participants will receive a payment of £15.00 for their time and the interview can take place either at the participant’s home or another venue if they prefer.

It is hoped the findings will lead to a better understanding of schizophrenia and inform the development of new treatments so If you are interested in participating in this research project then please contact the research team on 02920 744392.

They will then send you the full details of the study which will explain what is involved and the reasons for doing the study. You will then be asked to sign a consent form to indicate whether you are willing to participate. Researchers say it will be the individual’s decision on whether they take part in the research and they will be able to withdraw at any stage should they wish to do so.

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