Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

              1. What is the official title of the research study?
                Pilot PET Study Characterizing [1-11]Arachidonic Acid in Bipolar Disorder
              2. How do I find out if I am eligible to participate?
                Please call Corinne at (646) 774-7560. After an initial phone conversation, you may be invited to come in to our offices for an in-person discussion of whether this research study is right for you.
              3. Is there compensation provided for the screening process?
                No, you will not be compensated for the phone screen or the in-person screen.
              4. Is there compensation for participation in these studies?
                If you are eligible, you will be compensated $350 for completing the PET and MRI scans.
              5. How long would I have to wait to receive compensation?
                Compensation is received 4-6 weeks after completing the research study and is in the form of a check.
              6. What kind of treatment is provided?
                If eligible, you will receive up to 6 months of care free of charge by a psychiatrist who will monitor your progress.  After the 6 month period has passed, you will be given referrals for continuing treatment elsewhere.
              7. What if I don’t respond to  treatment or if the treatment causes side effects?
                If you do not respond or cannot tolerate the treatment, the doctor will work with you to come up with an alternative treatment plan based on your needs. Medications will not be provided for free.
              8. Is psychotherapy involved in treatment?
              9. How often will I have to come in for my appointments?
                The frequency of visits will be determined by your doctor, depending on your symptoms.
              10. Will I be able to remain on my current medications?
                No. We will help you taper off your current medications until after the brain scans.
              11. What if I don’t feel well during medication washout?
                You will be monitored during medication washout. Your study psychiatrist will meet with you at least weekly and if you need additional support you could be voluntarily admitted free of charge to the NYSPI inpatient unit.
              12. Should I continue seeing my current psychiatrist if I participate?
                After the brain scans, you may choose to return to your psychiatrist or to receive 6 months of treatment at Columbia University.
              13. Will my records be confidential?
                Yes, all records are confidential.
              14. Are there risks to participation?
                PET scanning uses a small amount of radiation to create brain images. The amount of radiation exposure is within the FDA limits for safety in research. You might experience worsening of mood symptoms during medication washout. Your doctor will monitor your progress; patients who are not experiencing sufficient improvement will begin the conventional treatment phase sooner. All risks will be explained to you in detail when you meet with the research doctor when you come in for your in-person appointment.
              15. Will the results of my PET scan help with my treatment?
                PET scans results are performed for research purposes only. The results will not provide helpful information about your illness or guide your treatment.
              16. What kind of training does the research staff have?
                All psychologists conducting interviews have a master’s degree or PhD. All psychiatrists administering medication are licensed, board-certified MDs.
              17. What if I sign up for the research study, but decide later that I don’t want to participate?
                Participation in this research study is voluntary and you may choose to discontinue your participation at any point.

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Funded by: R-21 exploratory/developmental research grant MH096255