Babies of Mothers with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder - Recruiting Ended 2/2014

Are you pregnant (or recently delivered) and do you have a diagnosis of Schizophrenia or Schizoafective Disorder? If so, please consider joining our research study.

We are conducting a research study to follow the early brain development of children whose mothers have mental illness. You may participate in this study if you have been diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, and you are pregnant or have recently given birth.

This study involves two visits for prenatal ultrasound: once during your second trimester, and once during your third trimester. You will also be asked confidential medical history questions by a study nurse or program coordinator.

About 2 weeks after your child is born, s/he will have an unsedated MRI scan of his/her brain.  A developmental assessment and unsedated MRI will be done when your child is one, two, four and six years of age. 

You will receive $50 for each of the Study visits (potential total of $550 for all visits) and be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses as well.  Transportation can be provided if needed.

By participating in this Study, your child will benefit by receiving assessments of its development along with pictures of its brain read by a neurologist for normalcy from shortly after birth through the age of six.  Additionally, you will be helping women with mental illness who have babies in the future by improving our knowledge of how these babies develop.

This is a voluntary study, no medications or sedation are involved, and the MRIs do not use radiation or xray.  You will be compensated, and all information gathered about you and your child is strickly confidential.

If you are interested in participating in this Study, please contact Dianne Evans, Study Coordinator 919-843-2389 or 866-849-0541 (toll free) or email: ddevans@med.unc.edu). She will be happy to explain the Study in more detail and answer any questions that you may have.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the Early Brain Development Study – Babies of Mothers with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder?

Any woman with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who has a singleton or twin pregnancy at any gestational age is eligible.

Mothers may also enroll their babies shortly after birth as well.

Will it cost me anything to be in this Study?

No. There are no costs to you for joining this research Study.

Will I be paid anything if I participate in this Study?

Yes. All Study mothers-to-be and/or mothers will receive $50 for each of the study visits (for a potential total of $550) and be reimbursed for travel and parking expenses.

I would like to participate in this Study but I don’t drive/have a car?

Transportation can be provided.

Will my participation in this Study be kept confidential?

Yes, all information gathered is strickly confidential.

Will you accept patients who have used alcohol or drugs in the past?

A patient with a history of substance abuse is fine so long as she is not actively using substances now.

Why participate in The Early Brain Development Study – Babies of Mothers with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder?

By participating in this Study, your child will benefit by receiving assessments of its development along with MRI pictures of its brain read by a neurologist for normalcy from 2 weeks after birth through the age of 6 years.  Additionally, you will also be helping women with mental illness who have babies in the future by improving our knowledge of how these babies develop.

Who cannot participate in the Early Brain Development Study – Babies of Mothers with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder?

Mothers with HIV, or who have a known chromosomal abnormality, or major congenital abnormality cannot participate.