Do You Have Bipolar Disorder?

Our ongoing compensated research studies (see below for details!) aim to develop new, safe and effective medications for Bipolar Disorder using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI, which does not contain any ionizing radiation). We are now recruiting individuals with Bipolar Disorder who also drink alcohol, use marijuana or other drugs, or do not drink alcohol or use marijuana or other drugs. Overall, we aim to provide study opportunities to as many people with Bipolar Disorder as possible! 

Text RESEARCH to 843-252-0756 | Email bipolardisorder@musc.edu | Call 843-792-7500 | OR fill out a brief survey and we'll contact you!


Evaluating safe medications for people with Bipolar Disorder who smoke marijuana 

This study evaluates the effects of an FDA-approved medication, gabapentin ("Neurontin") in individuals with Bipolar Disorder who smoke marijuana. Participants in the study will take either gabapentin or placebo (i.e., sugar pill). There are 5 study visits, including 2 MRI scans. 


Evaluating safe medications for people with Bipolar Disorder 

Image of Girl Displaying Happy and Sad EmotionsThis study examines the effects of the supplement n-acetylcysteine among individuals with Bipolar Disorder. Participants in this study will take n-acetylcysteine and placebo (i.e., sugar pill), one at a time, for 14 days each. There are 5 study visits, including 2 MRI scans. 


A non-treatment investigation of people with Bipolar Disorder who drink alcohol and their children

This study examines the similarities and differences in the brains of people with Bipolar Disorder who drink alcohol and their children. Participants in this study will complete clinical interviews, lab work, and MRI scans over 2 study visits.