Bipolar Disorder Research Network (BDRN) is the largest network of individuals with bipolar disorder and related mood disorders in the world.

7500 people from all over the UK who have bipolar disorder or unipolar depression have now taken part in our studies and continue to help us with our ongoing research through the network. The overall aim of our research, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Stanley Medical Research Institute, is to find out more about the causes of bipolar disorder and related mood disorders, such as unipolar depression.

To achieve this we investigate how genetic factors and environmental factors (such as stressful life events) interact and influence susceptibility to bipolar disorder. It is hoped that by increasing our understanding of these factors developments may be made in the prevention and treatment of this debilitating disorder. Our current projects focus on bipolar disorder, pregnancy and childbirth and True Colours, an innovative new mood monitoring system.

We are extremely grateful to everyone who continues to give their time to participate in our studies – without their help the research simply would not happen!