MESSAGE TO CONSUMERS AND THEIR
The members of the Stanley
Laboratory would like to thank the many consumers and their families who have
contacted us concerning our research into infectious agents and
schizophrenia. I would like to answer some questions which we have
Clinical Trials: The
Stanley Foundation is conducting a number of clinical trials relating to the
treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Many of the ongoing
studies can be found at the Stanley Foundation Web site: http://www.stanleyresearch.org.
In terms of specific studies related to infectious diseases, there are studies
being planned concerning the treatment of herpesviruses and Toxoplasmosis.
The first trials will be performed at the Sheppard Pratt Health System of
Baltimore, Maryland and will be limited to individuals who test positive for
these organisms and who live in the Baltimore area. For more information
on these trials, please send us an E-mail at the website address.
It is our goal to perform these
studies as quickly as possible so that the efficacy of the treatments can be
assessed. Once this is completed, we will be performing studies in other
parts of the country and will be making treatment recommendations based on these
trials. Until the trials are completed and analyzed, we cannot make
specific recommendations concerning anti-viral or antibiotic therapy in regards
to schizophrenia or other psychiatric disorders.
Infections and the Onset of
Symptoms: We have received many letters, E-mails, Faxes and telephone
calls concerning cases in which an individual had the onset of psychiatric
symptoms following some sort of infection. We are quite interested in
hearing of these cases so that we can learn more about the possible role of
infectious agents in psychiatric diseases. Please let us know at the
website E-mail address if you have any information which you think will be of
interest to us in these studies.
At this point in time we do not have
enough scientific information to be able to make specific judgments or
recommendations concerning the relationship between an individual’s infection
and his or her psychiatric disorder. We hope to get more information in
this area through our ongoing studies. Please continue to check this
website for updates on these studies.