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The Shared Roots Project

Study name:  Shared roots
Understanding the SHARED ROOTS of Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Modifiable Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease

Our study aims to understand the factors that contribute to increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in neuropsychiatric disorders.  Our study will evaluate individuals with one of  three neuropsychiatric disorders: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Schizophrenia and Parkinson’s disease.  We will try to determine which factors increase the risk for cardiovascular disease in each of these disorders.

We are recruiting participants from the mixed ancestry (coloured) population group for:

A Research Study on Neuropsychiatric Disorders and risk factors for Cardiovascular Disease

You are eligible to take part in the study of you are 18 or older, not pregnant, and have been diagnosed with one of the following:

  • Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia (Only individuals newly diagnosed who are not yet on treatment)

We are especially interested in recruiting individuals diagnosed with the above conditions who also have difficulties with cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure and weight problems.

We also want to recruit participants who are in good physical health and have not been diagnosed with any medical or mental illnesses.

Participation in the study will involve at least 1 – 3 physical visits to the study sites, either at Stikland Hospital or Tygerberg Medical Campus.  You will be reimbursed for travelling costs.

If you are interested please contact:

Tel:  021 – 938-9768/9228


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In partnership with:

University of Stellenbosch
South African Medical Research Council
University of Cape Town