Research networks and projects
BDRN - Bipolar Disorder Research Network
The Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) is a group of
researchers and research participants in the UK undertaking a major
study aimed at investigating the underlying causes of bipolar
disorder. The study is funded by two of the world’s leading
The study is led by research groups from Cardiff and Birmingham
Universities. Working with collaborators in Europe and the USA, it
is the largest study of bipolar disorder in the world. As part of
this study researchers are very interested in severe episodes of
illness following childbirth. They are currently recruiting
individuals with a history of bipolar disorder throughout the UK
and are particularly looking for participants who have:
- experienced an episode of postpartum psychosis
- have a history of bipolar disorder and are pregnant or thinking
about becoming pregnant.
For more information about the study visit the Bipolar Disorder Research Network.
BISMArC BIpolar and Schizo-affective recurrences in Mothers
After Childbirth) Project
This retrospective multi-centre naturalistic study aims to
describe prescribing patterns in women with bipolar or
schizo-affective (bipolar type) illnesses at risk of or
experiencing episodes associated with childbearing in specialist
perinatal services in the UK, and to determine recurrence rates and
the outcomes of preventative treatment.
Data collection at nine sites has now
concluded and is being processed.
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