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Boston, Massachusetts 02135


The goal of the study is to validate a biomarker assay for unipolar depression based on serum proteins involved in inflammation, metabolism, and stress response. The study will compare patients with a current major depressive episode to individuals with no history of depression. The hypothesis is that the assay can serve as a diagnostic tool that would be more objective than standard diagnostic questionnaires.


Inclusion Criteria (Depressed): - Aged 18 to 60. - Meets DSM-IV criteria for Unipolar Major Depression, either single or recurrent. - 21 item Hamilton Depression rating scale score greater than 18. - Capable of providing informed consent. - Has an established residence and phone number. Exclusion Criteria: - Meets DSM-IV criteria for Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective disorder or other major Axis I Psychiatric disorders (except for depression and phobia per above). - Addison's Disease, Cushing's Disease, or other known dysfunction of the HPA-cortisol axis. - Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or other condition associated with increased inflammation. - Regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, steroids, or other medications know to interact with the inflammatory process of the HPA axis. - A medical condition or regular use of a mediation, which I the opinion of the investigator is likely to influence the inflammatory or HPA responses. - Pregnancy. - Meets DSM-IV criteria for substance abuse or dependence in the last month. - Regular cigarette smoking. - History of fainting or other significant adverse event during blood drawing in the past.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Michael E. Henry, MD
Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center

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Location Contact:

Boston, Massachusetts 02135
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: October 09, 2019

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