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Help Us Study Hard-to-Treat Depression

We are researching the genetics of those who have major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder and have received ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy). "GenECT" is a research study to find ways to improve treatment for severe depression. We want to answer questions like: "Why do some people get severe depression and other people do not?" "Why does ECT benefit some people more than others?" The GenECT study is a global effort to understand the genetics of severe depression. Dozens of doctors and scientists from around the world are working together with tens of thousands of patients to find out the answers to these questions. UNC is a lead site in this global effort.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 99 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Location

North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

We only need about 1 hour of your time to participate in this study. We will ask you to provide a saliva sample (by mail) or a blood sample (at UNC Hospital). We will also ask you to share your hospital medical records with us. No additional visits or time commitment is required of you.

Total length of participation:
1 hour

Looking for Specific Volunteers

Able to participate:

  • You have Major Depressive Disorder
  • You have treatment-resistant depression
  • You have received Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • You have been evaluated for Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • You have Bipolar Disorder

Not eligible if:

  • None

Contact the Team

Visit Location

  •  Patrick Sullivan

100% Remote (online, phone, text)

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Patrick Sullivan
Genetics

Study Type

Clinical or Medical
Observational

Study Topics

Genetics and Genetic Disorders
Mental and Emotional Health

IRB Number

20-0748

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