The purpose of our overall research study is to identify biological markers for schizophrenia and related mental illnesses. We are gathering mental health information, brain images, cells and genetic material (DNA), as well as blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from persons who appear to have a psychiatric disorder and those who do not. We would like to identify measurable differences that could help doctors identify people who are developing a psychiatric disorder or help us better understand why some patients respond better to treatment than others.

For this study, we are looking for:

  • Individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or schizophreniform disorder)

  • Individuals at clinical high risk for schizophrenia between the ages of 18 and 30

  • Healthy comparison individuals between the ages of 18 and 40

Participants in this study will complete:

  • Questionnaires about life experiences and medical history

  • A brief physical exam

  • Neurological assessment

  • Brain imaging

  • Collection of blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) via lumbar puncture

Study participants will be compensated for their time and travel expenses.

If you are interested in learning more about the SSBC study, please contact the study site nearest you.