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Ongoing Research Studies

Family and Consumer Survey at NAMI-Albuquerque

On Monday February 25, 2002 Laura Roberts, M.D. from the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry and director of UNM Health Science Center Institute for Ethics and her research team conducted a research survey event for families and consumers at the NAMI-Albuquerque office.

Dr. Roberts has interacted with the serious mental illness advocacy community over the past several years in Albuquerque and throughout New Mexico.   The objective in this process is to enhance the collaborative relationship with the community of seriously mentally ill people and their families in this state and to build a platform of trust for the research team’s endeavors.

Dr. Roberts has been fortunate to receive a research grant from the National Alliance for research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD).   The goal of this research is to study the concerns and perspectives of people who live out the experience of serious mental illness and to give attention and credence to their perspectives.  This information is then shared through journal publications and scientific presentations to researchers, psychiatrists, and other clinicians.

During the Consumer and Family Survey meeting, Dr. Roberts commented, “I hope this will contribute to the sensitivity of psychiatric clinicians and researchers on ethically important issues of informed consent and decision making in families of people with serious mental illness.”

According to Rae Lewis project coordinator, “Turn out was wonderful, thirty two people attended the research event.   We had pizza and chocolate cookies.  I think a good time was had by all.  It was so generous of NAMI-Albuquerque to let us use their office space.”

If you would like more information on Dr. Robert’s research projects regarding research ethics for people who have serious mental illness, please contact Project Coordinator, Rae Lewis at UNM 272-4549.

Family Genetic Study of Schizophrenia at the University of Chicago

Schizophrenia Gene Detection Depends on Families.  Researchers at the University of Chicago

are searching for the genes that cause schizophrenia.  If we can identify these genes, we will be able to develop better treatments for this important brain disease.  We are seeking families in which two or more siblings (brothers, sisters, or a combination) have schizophrenia.  Volunteers give a blood sample and undergo a clinical interview.  Volunteers will be reimbursed up to $75 for their time.  Contact Dr. Ann Weilbaecher (study Coordinator) at 888-536-5513.


For further information, please visit our Websites at:

CATIE Project

(Clinical Antipsychotic Trials in Intervention Effectiveness)

Do you, or someone you know, have schizophrenia?   Are you or your family members interested in learning more about this illness?  Are you interested in taking a different medication?  Would you be interested in working with specially trained staff?

If so, you may be eligible for an important research project sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health.



No experimental medications


No experimental procedures


No placebo control group


Access to specially trained staff


Reimbursement for time and travel


Full medical, psyciatric and cognitive examinations

And for those that are eligible to participate, medications are provided at no cost.

If interested, please contact Robin Douglas or Valerie Mead at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center (505)265-1711 ext. 5528.

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