By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researcher will use a grant from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) to study the genomes of four families that suffer from schizophrenia and bipolar disorders.

The $100,000, two-year Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD will support UNC School of Medicine researcher Patrick Sullivan in a comparison of the genetics of the two diseases in order to identify links to psychosis.

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