Fatty Acids and Bipolar Depression

Why we are interested in the role of omega-6 fatty acids in bipolar depression:

A number of scientific studies reveal that the balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, essential dietary nutrients, plays an important role in the proper functioning of the brain.  Previous studies reveal that many medications useful in bipolar disorder affect omega-6 fatty acids. We have shown that bipolar symptoms relate to the omega-6 to omega-3 balance.*

To further the scientific community’s knowledge about the importance of omega-6 to omega-3 balance in depression and mood disorders, our research team is now looking at how the brain takes up arachidonic acid, the most important omega-6 fatty acid in the brain. We are using positron emission tomography (PET scanning) to measure this uptake.

Are you interested in helping to advance the understanding of omega-6 fatty acids and brain function?

Brain-Scans-4We are currently seeking participants for our research study. If eligible, you would receive $350 compensation, FREE medical and psychiatric evaluations (including lab work) and up to six months of medication treatment with Columbia Presbyterian doctors. Call Corinne at (646) 774-7560 today to see if you are eligible to participate.

(*You may read more about these and other studies on our Scientific Research page.)

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