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

Over 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, supported 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, schizoaffective disorder and postpartum psychosis.

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. Some of our current projects focus on bipolar disorder, pregnancy and childbirth and True Colours, our online 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!

If you have bipolar disorder or a related mood disorder, such as schizoaffective disorder or postpartum psychosis, and are interested in taking part in our research, or if you would like further information about any aspects of our research, please message us using the ‘Contact Us’ box or email us at moodresearch@worc.ac.uk  We would be delighted to hear from you.

Update about COVID-19 pandemic: Please note that BDRN research is continuing throughout the pandemic so please do continue to get in touch with us.  We are all working remotely so we don’t currently have access to our telephone line or postal mail but we are available via the ‘Contact Us’ box on this page or via direct email at moodresearch@worc.ac.uk

For further information about some of the ways that BDRN participants are contributing to vital research into the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people who have bipolar disorder and other mood disorders please see here.