Finding A Cause

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“Bipolar disorder is a medical condition caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and marked by significant changes in mood, thought, energy and behavior,” said Melvin McInnis, M.D., the Thomas B. and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression at the University of Michigan Depression Center. Margaret Trudeau, the former first lady of Canada and international mental health advocate, will speak at a luncheon that benefits the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund at the University of Michigan Depression Center on Thursday, October 14. The proceeds will specifically benefit the fund’s gene repository, the only independently funded repository in the nation. The repository collects DNA samples from individuals both with and without bipolar disorder. The DNA is then evaluated to find information that will help lead to early diagnosis, a better understanding of the causes, and treatments for the disorder. The luncheon will be held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Dearborn, Michigan. To purchase tickets call Leslye Martin at 734-675-2200.

For more information on the Prechter Fund and Gene Repository, visit www.prechterfund.org