For more information regarding participation in this study, please contact:
Kathleen Curley, R.N.,
263 Farmington Avenue, MC3805
Farmington, CT 06030-3805
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- From the main entrance look to your left for a hallway leading to the Lowell Weiker, Jr. Clinical Research Center, the first sitting area on the right.
- If you need help or directions on the day of your appointment, call 860-679-3666.
Behavioral Gene Bank Staff
Jonathan Covault, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Kathleen Curley, R.N., CCRP
General Clinical Research Center
David C. Steffens, M.D., M.H.S.
Department of Psychiatry
Marc Lalande, Ph.D.
Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences
UConn Behavioral Gene Bank
The UConn Behavioral Gene Bank (IRB #07-131-1 exp. 03/25/14) is a registry and repository program operated jointly by the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences and the Clinical Research Center (CRC) at UConn Health.
Our program asks volunteers to donate blood, skin or other tissues for research. From blood samples, we plan to establish a Gene Bank to support research to find causes of illnesses or behavioral disorders.
Participation is voluntary and free.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Our goal is to establish a collection “bank” of data and samples that may help researchers understand how genes cause mental illness.
Mental illnesses include disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and addiction. Many mental illnesses run in families, at least in part, because of genes passed from generation to generation. Genes are parts of a cell that influence a person’s appearance, height, eye color, personality and other characteristics that are inherited from the parents.
Mental illness can also be related to conditions inherited from parents' genes including known syndromes or chromosome abnormalities, such as Williams Syndrome, VeloCardio-Facial Syndrome, Huntington’s disease and many others. The program recruits individuals and families affected by these disorders as well.
Information and tissue samples such as blood, skin or hair will be collected from hundreds of people and will be stored in freezers, to create what is called a “Gene Bank.” In the future, new treatments could be developed based on research studies involving the many samples collected over time.
You may be contacted again in the future about this study or about other research at UConn for which you may be eligible. We will be collecting information, blood and tissues from people for many years to come.
Everyone is eligible for this study, but we are especially looking for:
- People with a genetic or chromosomal disorder and mental illness or behavioral problems
- People with someone in their family with mental illness and genetic problems such as congenital heart defects or many miscarriages
- People for whom mental illness "runs in the family"
To participate you provide personal medical and family history and a small amount of blood or tissue for research, as well as answer questions about your personal and family history.
We may invite some people to participate in other ways, such as by answering questionnaires or having special tests for research purposes.
Yes, all discussions and documents collected are confidential to the full extent permitted by law. Also, you will not learn the results of ongoing research as it specifically applies to your case.
Participation in this research is free and voluntary. If you are an adult providing a skin sample, you will be paid $40.00.