Control Subjects for the Generation of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for use in Neuropsychiatric Research


About this study

The objective of this study is to generate a panel of iPSCs from 30 subjects who do not have a personal history of major neuropsychiatric disorders.  

State-of-the-art induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) technology has become a powerful biomedical research tool and it clearly holds great potential for application to neuropsychiatric research.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects ≥ 18 years old.
  • Subjects who have had no personal or family (first degree relatives; i.e., subjects’ parents, siblings, and children) history of major psychiatric disorder.  Specifically, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, or substance use disorder (SUD). Specifically, in order to ensure subjects without a history of SUD and/or psychiatric disorders, we will question the subjects about these diseases in themselves and their first-degree relatives.
  • Ability to provide informed consent.
  • This initial pilot study will be limited to European-American subjects because of striking differences among different ethnic groups in their allele frequencies or type, and all of the iPSCs that we have generated to this point were derived from European-American subjects.  However, our eventual goal is to generate panels of iPSCs from all major ethnic groups.  Unfortunately, that is not practically possible at this time because of cost in terms of reagents and the extended time required to generate each iPSC line.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with a known bleeding issue. 
  • Subjects who are under 18 years old.
  • Subjects with a personal or first-degree relative history of major psychiatric disorder.  Specifically, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia or substance use disorder.

Eligibility last updated 11/3/21. Questions regarding updates should be directed to the study team contact.

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status Contact

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

Richard Weinshilboum, M.D.

Closed-enrolling by invitation

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Not open to everyone who meets the eligibility criteria, but only those invited to participate by the study team.

Contact information:

Clinical Studies Unit

(904) 953-2255

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