January 9, 2013


Welcome to another issue of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund's e-newsletter! We hope you'll find this issue interesting and we welcome any suggestions for future e-newsletter topics. Please email your ideas to Kat Bergman, Marketing & Communications Specialist for the Prechter Fund (kbergman@umich.edu).

Happy New Year to All Our Friends

Happy, Happy New Year!
We wish you all the best,
Great work to reach your fondest goals,
And when you’re done, sweet rest.
We hope for your fulfillment,
Contentment, peace and more,
A brighter, better new year than
You’ve ever had before.

By Joanna Fuchs

Lecture on “Stem Cells and Ethics” Videos Are Now Available

Billboard up on Highway I-94 East of Detroit Metro Airport

The Prechter Fund currently has a billboard up on highway I-94, driving east, on the right hand side just past the US24/Telegraph exit and before the M39/Southfield interchange. The billboard is up for the months of December 2012 and January 2013, and is appealing to people to donate to the Fund. Thank you to all who have supported the Prechter Fund in the past!

2012 Year-End Research Update

Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder: Our flagship project continues to grow by the day. We have reached a total of 854 participants enrolled (as of 12/21/12), and will enter Year 7 follow-ups in February. Our research team is being very productive and the continued engagement and interest of our participants make the work we do possible. We have had six publications from our investigators using the Prechter Longitudinal Data in 2012, and have more than a dozen analyses underway.

Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Genetics Repository: Our Repository, which is the nation’s largest privately-funded bipolar genetics repository, is now home to 1714 samples. What makes the repository unique is the rich data that we continue to gather from our Longitudinal Study, as well as our collaborating studies that recruit from the Longitudinal Study. The Repository is now considered home for the stem cell project data, nutrition data, circadian rhythm data, electrophysiology, imaging, and soon we will add voice data. We have a depth of data on a subset of our participants that is like no other collection of bipolar research data in the world.

To see all of our collaborating projects that feed information into the Repository, please click here.

Two New Studies Added - Circadian Rhythms in Bipolar Disorder (CRBP) and Longitudinal Voice Patterns in Bipolar Disorder (VOICES)

The Prechter Fund to Partner with Big Boy

From February 4 until March 31, 2013, Big Boy company-owned restaurants will display informational materials and donation cans to benefit the Prechter Fund. Please watch our Facebook page for more information about this!

For suggestions for future e-newsletter topics, please email your ideas to kbergman@umich.edu.



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