Participant Questions

Why did researchers start a biobank?

A bipolar disorder biobank makes it much easier to conduct research studies about bipolar disorder because researchers have access to blood samples, along with patient data, from thousands of people all in one place. The biobank serves as a library for researchers; instead of having to look for volunteers for each new project, researchers use samples from the biobank and share already collected data and results.

How do I participate in the biobank?

Contact the Bipolar Disorder Biobank at to see if you are eligible and to schedule a study visit.

What will happen during a study visit?

You will be asked to provide a sample of blood (approximately 3 tablespoons), participate in a psychiatric interview and complete a questionnaire about yourself.

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