The scientists at the National Institute of Mental Health believe that environmental factors combined with
genetic predisposition lead to the development of schizophrenia. The NIMH genetic studies focus on gathering
families' genetic and environmental information to better understand what places one family member at risk
and conversely, what protects other family members. To this end, family members are asked to participate
in a number of procedures that help scientists measure various family characteristics to see if they run
in families. Genotyping, or DNA analysis, is an important part of this process. However, families should
understand that this is a very complex analysis and NIMH does not plan to provide family members with individual
genetic test results.
The scientists believe that future treatments and preventive methods will rely heavily on the findings of this
developing study. It is for this reason that we ask families to participate. Hundreds of families are needed.
The staff at NIMH invites you and your family to review this website and welcome you to call us for more information.
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