Brain Imaging Study for Individuals with Bipolar Disorder Who Also Drink Alcohol

Research Center: Medical University of South Carolina
Location: 125 Doughty Street, Suite 190, Charleston, SC 29425, United States
Primary Investigator: James J. Prisciandaro, PhD
IRB Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Institutional Review Board


Bipolar disorder is characterized by shifts in mood that last for days or even weeks. Mood shifts typically range from feeling “up” and “energized” to “down” and depressed. These mood shifts are commonly accompanied by changes in sleep, energy, and activity level. Excessive alcohol and/or drug use is very common among individuals with Bipolar Disorder and tends to co-occur with shifts in mood. 

Bipolar Disorder is a complex condition that can be debilitating. Researchers and clinicians at MUSC continue to work towards improving the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of Bipolar Disorder. This study seeks to evaluate brief courses (< 5 days) of FDA-approved medications on brain chemicals and function using MRI individuals with Bipolar Disorder who also drink alcohol.

Participation is entirely confidential and compensation is provided. 

Why Participate? 

  • You will learn more about Bipolar Disorder, its symptoms, and treatment..
  • You will earn up to $665 for participating in this study.
  • You will have twice weekly visits with licensed Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Physician’s Assistants.
  • You may receive images from your MRI scan.
  • You will be helping to advance medical research for a historically difficult-to-treat and under-served patient population.

Your Rights

  • Participation is entirely voluntary and withdrawal is permitted at any time.
  • All study data are kept entirely confidential.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adults aged 18 to 65 years old who are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and are currently taking medications for managing Bipolar Disorder. 

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
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