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Take part in research

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By taking part in research, you can help make a better future for people affected by mental health problems.

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a range of research projects.

Our team encompasses a collection of multidisciplinary researchers at Cardiff University who aim to study the developmental pathways, health, behaviour, learning and thinking of children and adolescents who have copy number variants (CNVs).

Parents frequently tell us there is not enough information available about what to expect when their children move from one developmental stage to the next.

Our research is aiming to help these families by collecting information and using this to share new insights with them as well as clinicians, other professionals and the wider community.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people with these CNVs:

  • 1q21.1 deletion and duplication
  • 2p16.3 exonic deletion
  • 3q29 deletion
  • 7q11.23 duplication
  • 9q34.3 deletion (Kleefstra Syndrome)
  • 15q11.2 deletion
  • 15q11-13 duplication
  • 15q13.3 deletion and duplication
  • 16p11.2 duplication
  • 16p11.2 distal deletion
  • 16p13.11 duplication
  • 17q12 deletion & duplication
  • 22q11.2 deletion and duplication syndrome

Taking part in our research

Currently, we are focussing on children with 22q11.2 and 16p11.2 deletion and duplication syndromes, however, we still encourage you to get in touch if your child has any of the above rare genetic disorders as we will be starting a new study soon.

We are interested in assessing the behaviour and psychological and intellectual functioning of children, aged 7-18, who have been diagnosed with one of these CNVs.

Typically, an assessment involves a home visit with two members of our research team. This visit includes interviews, puzzles and games. A DNA sample is also taken from you and/or your children.

Our research is supported by leading CNV charities and campaign groups, including Maxappeal, 22Crew and Unique.

Due to COVID-19, our assessments are currently taking place online instead of in families' homes. Online meetings will take place with two members of our research team and the families, consisting of the same format of interviews and puzzles. Instructions and equipment for taking saliva samples are posted to the families.

If you would like to take part or find out more about the study, please contact or phone +44 (0)29 2068 8378.

We are looking for thousands of volunteers to help with our research.

Anybody can take part, whether they have experience of mental health problems or not, although we are particularly interested in speaking to people with the following conditions:

  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • bipolar disorder
  • depression
  • maternal mental health conditions
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • schizophrenia and psychosis

If you'd like to take part you can complete a brief online survey today, visit

Helping with our schizophrenia research takes less than two hours. It involves some memory and concentration tasks, an interview and a questionnaire. We will also take a small blood sample.

Volunteers will receive £10 for their time and we can reimburse reasonable travel expenses.

If you'd like to help, contact us at or visit the schizophrenia research page to find out more.