The best treatments for bipolar disorder today are only effective for about 30-50 percent of patients according to Dr. Melvin Mcinnis, a professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression at the University of Michigan Medical School. He explains that new discoveries to treat bipolar disorder have been limited partially due to the lack of access to tissue and cells from individuals with this disorder. But that is changing due to research being conducted through the Heinz C. Prechter Fund, which was established by the wife of the automotive entrepreneur after his bipolar disorder led him to suicide ten years ago. Her goal was to pursue finding a cure for bipolar disorder.
Through the research funded by the Prechter Fund new stem cell lines are providing researchers at the University of Michigan Health System an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the genetic and biological foundation of bipolar disorder. This will provide the researchers with a chance to actually look at the underpinnings of this disorder hopefully leading to better treatment if not a cure.
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