Bipolar disorder affects more than 5.7 million adult Americans. Caused by chemical imbalances in a person’s brain, it produces mood swings between the “poles” of mania and depression that may last for hours, days, weeks, or months, and can jeopardize personal and family relationships, work, and finances.
A successful entrepreneur, Heinz Prechter was one of the automotive industry’s most visible and effective advocates until his death in 2001. His family’s commitment to providing a repository of clinical, genetic, and biological data on bipolar disorder led to the creation of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund.
On July 22nd, the Zausmer family went “Casual for a Cause” to raise money for the Prechter Fund and its support of research at the University of Michigan’s Depression Center, the nation’s first comprehensive center devoted to the prevention, detection, and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and other related illnesses. The Fund also supports joint projects between researchers at U of M and Cornell, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and Penn State Universities.
We are proud to help the Prechter Fund pursue its mission. To learn more about bipolar disorder and ways you, too, can help, click here.