Familial Schizophrenia and Spectrum Personality Disorders
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00666146|
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : April 24, 2008
Last Update Posted : January 4, 2017
|Condition or disease|
Specific aims of the proposed study are:
- To test the hypothesis that abnormalities in predictive pursuit, antisaccade performance, working memory, visual attention (CPT), sensory gating (PPI and P50) and other measures of information processing mark the liability for schizophrenia. Secondly, we will examine the pattern of familial aggregation of these measures to determine whether observed deficits are likely to reflect genetic and/or environmental effects. The hypothesis will be supported if (a) the frequency of these neurophysiological deficits is higher in relatives of schizophrenic probands than in relatives of control probands; (b) the prevalence of neurophysiological abnormalities is higher in case relatives with SSP symptoms than in nonSSP case relatives; (c) risk is increased among case relatives of "affected" probands vs. case relatives of "unaffected" probands (i.e., risk in relatives of case probands who exhibit an abnormality vs. relatives of case probands who do not).
- To test the hypothesis that some physiological deficits reflect a common underlying phenotype, while others mark independent aspects of disease risk. To test this hypothesis (a) we will examine correlation matrices (adjusted for within family correlation) for neurophysiological assessments among case relatives and control relatives. Factor structures in the two groups will be examined using exploratory factor analyses, followed by confirmatory factor analyses using validation samples of case/control relatives. Confirmatory Factor Analyses (CFA) will also be used to determine how factor solutions based on case/control relatives fit the data of case probands. (b) Factor scores for correlated measures will be derived and the familial risk for composite measures of neurophysiological functioning estimated using the methods described in Specific Aim 1. (c) Secondary within family analyses will be performed to estimate the heritability of derived factor scores and to determine whether patterns of familial correlations suggest a genetic or environmental cause.
- To evaluate whether particular domains of psychopathology are marked by different putative phenotypic markers. We will specifically test the hypotheses that predictive pursuit, working memory, and sensory gating measures are more strongly associated with positive psychotic symptoms, while smooth pursuit initiation and processing speed measures are more strongly associated with primary negative symptoms. The relationships between clinical domains and other measures or clusters will be examined in an exploratory hypothesis-generating framework.
- We propose to collect blood samples (or rarely saliva sample) from each participant to be stored for future association studies, as well as formal linkage analyses using phenotypes identified in specific aims 1 and 2.
- We plan to examine how nicotine dependence may run in families and to examine if patterns of nicotine use may be related to a family history of schizophrenia. Participants will be asked about their smoking history and current smoking habits. Current smokers will be asked more specific questions about their smoking behaviors to estimate level of current nicotine dependence. It is hoped that this information will give us clues about why so many individuals with schizophrenia smoke.
|Study Type :||Observational|
|Actual Enrollment :||539 participants|
|Official Title:||Familial Schizophrenia and Spectrum Personality Disorders|
|Study Start Date :||July 2004|
|Primary Completion Date :||July 2010|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||December 2017|
Case Families ( Family with a schizophrenia proband)
- Smooth pursuit eye movement measures; P50 gating; PPI; Cognitive measures; P300 component evoked potential; genetic markers [ Time Frame: 12-16 hours ]
Biospecimen Retention: Samples With DNA
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00666146
|United States, Maryland|
|Community Mental Health Centers|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201|
|VA Medical Center|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201|
|University of Maryland, Baltimore|
|Catonsville, Maryland, United States, 21228|
|Principal Investigator:||James Gold, M.D.||University of Maryland|