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Genetics of Recurrent Early Onset Major Depression

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2009 by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by:
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Identifier:
First received: November 28, 2005
Last updated: January 3, 2011
Last verified: May 2009
This study will identify specific genes that may cause a predisposition to depression in some families.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: Genetics of Recurrent Early Onset Major Depression

Further study details as provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
Blood samples with DNA

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Study Start Date: October 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Depression is a serious medical illness that is often difficult to diagnose and treat. Studies on patterns of depression within families suggest that inherited genes may cause a predisposition to the disorder. People with early onset depression often have more relatives with depression than people whose depression does not begin until later in life. It is likely that several interacting genes cause this tendency towards the disorder, rather than one specific gene. This study will serve to identify particular genes that may cause a susceptibility to depression in order to better understand the brain mechanisms involved with severe depression. In turn, this may aid in the development of new treatments for depression.

Participation in this observational study will entail one interview and one blood test. Participants will be interviewed, either in person or by telephone, about their personal and family psychiatric history. The blood sample will be collected at a time and location that is convenient for the participant. Participants may also be asked to invite other family members to participate in the study.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
The study will include participants with a family history of depression.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • History of recurrent major depression
  • Has a parent or sibling with a history of recurrent major depression
  • Depression began before the age of 31

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Bipolar I (manic-depressive) disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00260182

United States, California
Stanford University
Palo Alto, California, United States, 94304
United States, District of Columbia
Howard University
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20060
United States, Illinois
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60612
United States, Iowa
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, United States, 52242
United States, Maryland
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21287
United States, New York
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Douglas F. Levinson, MD Stanford University
Principal Investigator: Myrna M. Weissman, PhD Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Principal Investigator: J. Raymond DePaulo, MD Johns Hopkins University
Principal Investigator: William A. Scheftner, MD Rush University Medical Center
Principal Investigator: William Coryell, MD University of Iowa
Principal Investigator: William Lawson, MD Howard University
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: GenRED Study, Stanford University Identifier: NCT00260182     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01MH061686-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH059542 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH059552 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH075131 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH059541 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R01MH060912 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: November 28, 2005
Last Updated: January 3, 2011

Keywords provided by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):
Depressive Disorder

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Depressive Disorder, Major
Behavioral Symptoms
Mood Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 19, 2017