Genetics study information
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• The collaborative study group is called the International Neuro-Genetics Association of Spanish America and the United States (INGASU).
• The research collaboration included teams from South Texas (The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research), California (The University of California at Los Angeles and Logan Family Health Clinic in San Diego), and New Mexico (the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque), as well as researchers leading teams in Mexico (Monterrey and Mexico City), Guatemala (Guatemala City) and Costa Rica (San Jose).
• Clinical and diagnostic information was gathered at each site and a bilingual and bicultural team of psychiatrists and psychologists assigned final diagnoses. Genetic analyses were performed at the Center for Inherited Disease Research at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., and final statistical analyses were performed at the U.T. Health Science Center and the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research in San Antonio.
• INGASU was initially funded by a National Institute of Mental Health grant (Genetics of Schizophrenia in Latino Populations) to Dr. Michael Escamilla of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (grant # MH60881) and to Dr. Ricardo Mendoza of The University of California at Los Angeles-Harbor (grant # MH60875).
• Additional principal investigators who participated in these grants were Dr. Henriette Raventos (University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica), Dr. Alfonso Ontiveros (Instituto de Informacion de Investigacion en Salud Mental, Monterrey, Mexico), Dr. Humberto Nicolini (Medical and Family Research Group, Carracci S.C., Mexico City, Mexico), Dr. Rodrigo Munoz (Family Health Centers of San Diego, California), Dr. José M. Canive (VAMC and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque) and Dr. Alvaro Jerez (Centro Internacional de Trastornos Afectivos y de la Conducta Adictiva-CITACA, Guatemala). Additional investigators from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio included Dr. Albana Dassori and Dr. Rolando Medina.