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about mental illness and its treatments is an important part
of The Universtiy of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center's
mission. The primary goals of research conducted at UTHCPC
are to develop new technology, to find the causes of mental
illness, to provide better and more effective treatment options
and to continue to provide quality patient care.
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of
Texas-Houston Medical School directs research activities at
treatment programs at UTHCPC are 'outcome based', or designed
to study and provide for more effective patient care. Research
may also study the effectiveness of new drugs or treatment
programs. Studies completed at UTHCPC have contributed to
the development of new and innovative treatments for persons
with mental illness; such treatments would have been delayed
without a meaningful study population to work with. Patients
who meet the criteria for a research study can only participate
on a voluntary basis and the research study must be integrated
into the overall care plan for all participating patients.
Additionally, patients have the right to withdraw from a study
at any time. Current areas of research include schizophrenia,
depression, bipolar disorder, child behavior, and substance
is also taking the lead in many areas of research. UTHCPC-led
research in the area of brain imaging will, for example, allow
doctors to study brain patterns and their relationship to
mental illness, in much the same way a medical doctor may
study a person's predisposition to cancer or other illnesses.
Additionally, UTHCPC is involved in research studies looking
at ways to treat persons with schizophrenia who have become
resistant to currently available medications.
of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center is dedicated to
excellence and leadership in the provision of patient care
and the growing need for treatment of persons with mental
illness in Harris County. UTHCPC has the unique additional
missions of The University of Texas Health Science Center
at Houston, which includes conducting research into the cause
and treatment of mental illness, educating professionals in
the care of the mentally ill and providing the resources and
knowledge of our staff to the local community.