Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D., Principal Investigator




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“My parents and I were able to participate in the University of Pittsburgh’s Gene Study group about 1998. The initial interview with their field worker (who later wrote the back cover comments for my book) was intellectually stimulating; it made me think deeper about this illness I have.  I had already begun writing my book that took until 2010 to finalize.  Participating in the study group improved my self-esteem about being well.  It further motivated me to want to help others to understand this illness with my book successfully written, as well as and beyond my participation in the study.  Their occasional newsletters have given me information on what they have learned in the study, which has enabled me to understand myself better.  Also in recovery, my lifetime goal remains through my book and other efforts; to help teach others what this illness is capable of doing to a person, about the implications for society, and how to find wellness.”

~Larry Podsobinski, Author of In The Grip of Paranoid Schizophrenia:

One Man's Metamorphosis through Psychosis


If you want to be a part of our project we welcome all inquiries. You can contact any member of our staff for information or call toll free at 1-877-363-5895 (Schizophrenia) or 1-800-994-5895 (Bipolar disorder).  Below you will find information on our various research studies.


We currently have two main studies focusing on schizophrenia.  Because of the nature of genetics research, some of our studies focus on specific ethnic groups or family types.  We are also seeking healthy controls (people with no history of mental health or substance abuse issues) for these studies.  More information on each study can be found below.


  • Caucasian families with two or more first-degree relatives (i.e., siblings, or parent/child) affected with schizophrenia are invited to participate.

  • Affected participants must be 14+ years old, unaffected must be 18+ years.

This is a collaborative study being conducted in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania.

  • A Family-Based Genome-Wide Methylation Scan for Cognition and Schizophrenia

  • Persons diagnosed with schizophrenia age 18 and older are invited to participate.

This study examines genetic causes of schizophrenia and the relationship between schizophrenia and cognitive functioning.