Bipolar Disorders Clinic

Participating in Research

The Bipolar Disorders Clinic is a research clinic, and patients generally participate in one or more studies. Criteria for participating in research are the same as that for becoming a patient. Being part of a research clinic provides patients access to the latest treatments, some of which may not yet be generally available.

Patients experiencing severe mood symptoms, and who meet specific criteria, are also given the option to participate in randomized clinical trials, which provide medication, additional education or psychotherapy, and more intensive monitoring.   To participate in a research study at the Bipolar Disorders Clinic you must live within a 90 mile radius of Stanford University.

Check out the National Institute of Mental Health's guide to participating in research here.


Below are the rights of a research participant.

Human Subjects Bill of Rights

Persons who participate in a medical experiment are entitled to certain rights. These rights include but are not limited to the subject's right to:

  1. be informed of the nature and purpose of the experiment;
  2. be given an explanation of the procedures to be followed in the medical experiment, and any drug or device to be utilized;
  3. be given a description of any attendant discomforts and risks reasonably to be expected;
  4. be given an explanation of any benefits to the subject reasonably to be expected, if applicable;
  5. be given a disclosure of any appropriate alternatives, drugs, or devices that might be advantageous to the subject, their relative risks and benefits;
  6. be informed of the avenues of medical treatment, if any, available to the subject after the experiment if complications should arise;
  7. be given an opportunity to ask questions concerning the experiment or the procedures involved;
  8. be instructed that consent to participate in the medical experiment may be withdrawn at any time and the subject may discontinue participation without prejudice;
  9. be given a copy of the signed and dated consent form;
  10. and be given the opportunity to decide to consent or not to consent to a medical experiment without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, coercion or undue influence on the subject's decision.


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