The Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program was established in 2005 with the mission to discover the mechanisms that contribute to bipolar disorder, predict and improve outcomes, and develop effective, innovative treatments. The approach of the Prechter Program focuses on detailed phenotypic characterization of individuals with bipolar disorder and gathers lifetime information on their course of illness and outcome.
The flagship project is the Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder. The initial description manuscript of this study outlines the philosophical approach to the study of bipolar.
Approximately 18 affiliated faculty at U-M, experts in mental health research, form the governance team with an oversight committee for granting access to data. We have an experienced team to assist with data sharing agreements.
We are excited to share our data and place special emphasis on working with early career researchers interested in a career in bipolar research. We envision teams of investigators engaging in international collaborative research in bipolar disorder using the Prechter data, and other available datasets. Here is a link to the “Data Dictionary” that provides more details on the specific survey instruments used in the Prechter Program.
The Prechter Program stands by our vision to build a future where personalized and evidence-based treatments for bipolar disorder will enable every individual with the illness to lead a healthy and productive life.
Interested in accessing our data? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for specific requests and to discuss access.