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Would you be interested in contributing to a research project aiming to improve understanding of alcohol use?

We are looking at whether there is a connection between our genetic make up and susceptibility to alcohol dependence. We are calling on all people with alcohol dependency to help us develop a better understanding of the genetics behind this problem. 

The UCL Molecular Psychiatry laboratory has been conducting studies in bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol dependency and Alzheimer’s disease for more than twenty years.

Research, so far, suggests that genetics has a major role to play in susceptibility to these conditions. Polymorphisms are variations in our genetic structure that occur in large numbers of people.  Our research is looking at the link between variations in specific genes and alcohol dependency.

Our research, and others like it, has already begun to pave the way for new treatments and preventative strategies by increasing knowledge and under-standing of the role of genetic polymorphisms.

We are not aiming to develop predictive tests for susceptibility to alcohol dependence. We strongly believe that learning more about the genetics will begin to make a practical difference for people with alcohol dependence.

This study has full ethical approval and is being run in collaboration between University College London, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

WE NEED YOUR HELP IN TAKING THIS FURTHER

If you would like to support us, all you would have to do is:

  • Have a short interview about your experiences of alcohol dependence.
  • Have a blood sample taken – don’t worry, our research team are fully trained, you will be in safe hands! … In some cases, we may ask you for a saliva sample instead.
  • With your permission, the research team would like to look at your case notes to fill in any gaps.

 

Then our team of laboratory researchers will take over from there.

The interview is strictly confidential. We have full national ethical approval and operate in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Alternatively, if you are unable to meet for an interview we can always make alternative arrangements—such as a telephone interview

 

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Jahnese Hamilton 0191 2081367

Jahnese.Hamilton@ntw.nhs.uk

 

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yumna Masood 07917232305

Yumna.masood@cumbria.nhs.uk

 

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Select a trial from the list below to find out more about what it’s all about and how you can get involved in helping others.

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This project will involve the recruitment of 500 adults on the autism spectrum, and at least 500 relatives/carers. We will be including adults on the autism spectrum of all ages and abilities. Parents or carers will respond for people who cannot take part themselves.

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