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September 7, 2006

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Memory Pharmaceuticals Initiates Phase 2a Trial of MEM 1003 in Bipolar Disorder
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Memory Pharmaceuticals Corp. today announced the dosing of the first subject in a Phase 2a trial of MEM 1003 in patients with acute mania in bipolar disorder. The Company is conducting the trial as part of its agreement with The Stanley Medical Research Institute , which is providing funding support for this Phase 2a clinical trial of MEM 1003.

Pipeline Insight: Bipolar Disorder - New treatments for bipolar depression set to drive near-term growth
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Introduction Stimulated by sales of atypical antipsychotics for bipolar depression, and despite the launch of generic risperidone, the global bipolar disorder market will grow until 2011, when revenues will peak at $6.6 billion.

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Having a mental disability does not excuse an employee from misconduct at the workplace or prevent them from being terminated because of inappropriate behavior. ... - J. Daniel Marr

Study Uncovers New Female-linked Risk Factor For Schizophrenia
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Peers Help Them Stay in Control: Mentors of Those in Self-Help Plan Also Have a Mental Illness, Say They Add Knowing Perspective to Course

Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio); 9/5/2006

Sep. 5--People can have a lot of control over their own emotional well-being, even when living with a serious mental illness.

That's the take-home message of the Peer to Peer Recovery Education Course, which was started in Summit County in July.

Curriculum for the self-help course was created by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in 2000. Ohio is one of 16 states to offer the course, which is free and runs for nine consecutive weeks, said Karen Curlis, one of the peer mentors who run the group.

Funding for the Ohio launch of Peer to Peer was provided by a $20,000 grant from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson.

During the last two months, eight participants in the new Summit program, aided by Curlis and two other mentors who also have a mental illness, have met to work on understanding themselves and their abilities to have a positive effect on the course of their problems.

The cornerstone of Peer to Peer is the creation of a relapse prevention plan. In this plan, participants look at some of the changes in thoughts, feelings and actions that signify their mental stability may be at risk.

One of the current group participants, Bert Powers of Akron, showed a detailed chart that he had created as part of his relapse plan. Powers, who has bipolar disorder, said that the group has enabled him to identify triggers that could contribute to a relapse of severe symptoms.

"I'm going to keep this a long time," he told Curlis as he looked at his writing-filled chart.

"And when you have a problem, you look at that (chart) and think, 'Oh, this is happening again. What do I need to do?' " Curlis told him

Group participants and mentors exchange phone numbers among themselves, encouraging the formation of supportive friendships.

Curlis, a licensed social worker who also works at Tarry House residential treatment home, has a condition called schizoaffective disorder. Unlike traditional counselors, she and the other mentors, Seth Freed and Lisa Griffin, share their personal backgrounds with the participants because they are peers, not mental health experts trained to maintain boundaries with clients.

Freed, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder, said that the group helps people understand that "maybe mental illness isn't normal, but it's OK. Once the stigma is lifted, it allows space for people to grow," he said.

He and Curlis said that leading the group has a positive effect on the mentors.

"I think as we help others to heal, we heal ourselves," Freed said.

Peer to Peer will be offering another nine-week course in November. To be eligible, an area resident must be in treatment for a mental illness -- there are no restrictions as to the type or severity of the mental illness. Those interested in participating will go through a short interview process.

For more information about Peer to Peer, contact Curlis at 330-612-3665.

Katherine Spitz can be reached at 330-996-3581 or


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