What is this study?

Lisa T. Eyler, Ph.D. and colleagues at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the UCSD Department of Psychiatry are conducting a research study with individuals who have a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder I   


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Why are we conducting this study?

    • We are interested in finding out how the structure and the function of the brain changes with age among individuals with bipolar disorder and how this compares to the changes seen in people without bipolar disorder.
    • Our study will also investigate how brain characteristics relate to performance on cognitive tests and real-world functioning.
    • We also hope to learn more about how each person’s genetic information may relate to the way that his or her brain responds during thinking. 
What does this study involve?

The tests are spread out over two days and take approximately 8 hours.  Participants will receive a total of $160 in compensation.


These visits include:

    • Consenting to the study and having an interview on history of mental illness as well as other demographic information. 
    • 2.5 hours of paper-and-pencil tasks testing things like memory and how well you pay attention.
    • Having less than one tablespoon of blood drawn by a nurse for use in genetic testing.
    • A functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan that will take approximately 1.5 hours.