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The Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School is conducting a research study that looks at genes and how the brain responds to alcohol using MRI brain scanning techniques.


We are looking for people who:

  • are 21-26 years of age
  • are eligible for MRI scans
  • are not pregnant or possibly pregnant
  • have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder
  • are able to drink alcohol during study visits


You will come to the laboratory for 3 study visits. Study components include completing diagnostic interviews, mental function (cognitive and behavioral) tests, giving a saliva sample, and completing 3 MRI scans (2 of these scans are completed after drinking different amounts of alcohol). Total participation for initial assessment and 1st MRI scan (no alcohol) will take about 5-6 hours. Each of the two alcohol MRI sessions will take about 5-6 hours.


You will be compensated for study components completed and receive up to $220.


The research study will be conducted at The University of Texas at Austin.


To see if you're eligible to participate, please complete this interest form and a research staff member will contact you:


For more information, call (512) 495-5198 or email

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