About the Study

Are you depressed and have bipolar disorder (or think you may have it)?

We are recruiting people with bipolar disorder who are currently experiencing depression to participate in a research study that uses  brain imaging to investigate the effects of  fatty acids on brain functioning.

Volunteers without depression are also needed for this NIH-funded research study.

At MIND (the Molecular Imaging & Neuropathology Division of the New York State Psychiatric Institute) we are enthusiastic about recent research that indicates that the balance of polyunsaturated fatty acids–dietary nutrients– may be an important factor in bipolar depression.

We are adding to the current research in the field by conducting an NIH-funded research study which seeks to understand the effects of omega-6 fatty acid on the brain using sophisticated brain imaging techniques. This research study is one of the first of its kind to measure the brain fatty acid effects in bipolar disorder.

How this scientific research study works:

MRI image

This research study takes pictures of your brain using brain imaging technology (MRI and PET scans) to study the effects of omega-6 fatty acids on brain activity. We are comparing how these compounds relate to brain function in people with and without bipolar depression.

Benefits to the participant

If you have bipolar depression and are eligible to participate in this research study, you will receive: a  health evaluation, up to six months of FREE outpatient psychiatric treatment at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, AND $350 compensation for your time.

Each eligible participant receives the following:

  • A thorough psychiatric evaluation to properly diagnose your mood disorder
  • A medical evaluation and assessment of thyroid, liver and kidney function, electrolytes, blood count, and cholesterolBrain-Scans-3
  • MRI brain scan evaluated by a neuroradiologist
  • Two PET scans at our collaborating institution, the Citigroup Biomedical Imaging Center at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Free doctor’s visits for up to 6 months
  • Medication treatment with a Columbia Presbyterian psychiatrist

PLUS $350 in compensation for your time


The satisfaction of knowing that you are contributing to the scientific understanding of bipolar depression.


Can you answer “YES” to all these questions?

  • Are you currently feeling depressed?
  • Are you age 18 to 45 with no major medical illness?
  • Do you have or think you have bipolar disorder?

If you answered “YES” to all of the above questions, you may be eligible to participate in this scientific research study.

Want to learn more?

We know your time is valuable, so our researchers will help you find out if you are eligible for this research study over the phone. If this research study is appropriate for you, you will be invited to come in for an in-person appointment.

All information will be kept strictly confidential. Please contact Corinne by telephone at (646) 774-7560 or by email today.

We are now recruiting people to participate in a research study that investigates the effects of fatty acids in bipolar depression.

You may be able to help our efforts by participating in an NIH-funded research study. [Learn More]
Funded by: R-21 exploratory/developmental research grant MH096255