Bipolar Research

Current Studies

At this time we have two active studies for which we are recruiting participants. We are working on research in all areas of bipolar disorder including bipolar depression, bipolar mania and bipolar disorder that co-occurs with anxiety or panic symptoms.

If you have ever experienced any of the following we may have a study for you!

Mania Symptoms include: Depression Symptoms include:
  • Racing thoughts
  • Too much energy
  • Decrease need for sleep
  • Elevated mood with unusual happiness
  • Talking fast
  • Reckless behavior
  • Excessive spending
  • Feeling down and sad
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Loss of interest in activities and friends
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Problems with sleep
  • Decreased ability to concentrate

Below is a short summary of our medication treatment trials currently recruiting eligible participants:

Bipolar II Depression study

*Double-blind study

*Duration: 16 weeks

*Medications (patient receives one of the groups of meds):



                -lithium + zoloft

*compensation: $25 Safeway gift card per visit

Bipolar Disorder with Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder

* Double-blind study

*Duration: 8 weeks

*Medications (patient receives one of the groups of meds):

                  -geodon (ziprasidone)


*compensation: $30 Safeway gift card per visit


Please keep in mind that if you have tried any of the study medications and do not wish to try the medications again or if you are stable on your current medication regimen, this may not be the study for you. 

All the doctor’s visits and medications are no cost to the patient.  We do require the patient to come to our offices (Palo Alto or San Jose) on a weekly basis to be assessed by both the Research Assistant and Psychiatrist.  Each visit takes approximately 1.5 hours with the exception of the Screening Visit and Exit Visit.  For those 2 visits, we do comprehensive blood, urine, and EKG tests plus additional testing and evaluations which takes approximately 2-3 hours of your time. 

*Note:  Please keep in mind that the study is voluntary so you are free to withdraw at any time.  *

If from reading the information, you are still interested, please call our screening line at 650-849-0161.  The next step would be to complete a screening over the phone to see if you meet our eligibility criteria.  If it appears that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next step would be to meet with one of our psychiatrists for an evaluation of your mood and assessment of whether you are a good candidate for the study.   Our offices are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  We look forward to hearing from you!


Our staff would be happy to schedule an initial screening and evaluation appointment for potential study participation. Call us at (650) 849-0161 or click here and our staff will contact you within 2-3 business days.

We return most calls within 24 hours except on Fridays/weekends.

Note: Due to the VA's confidentiality policy on Protected Health Information (PHI), we cannot respond to direct e-mail inquiries.

For general information about participant rights, contact 1-866-680-2906.

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