A three site randomized clinical trial of KIOS Bipolar began in September 2015. Funded with a grant of 1.5 million dollars from the National Institutes of Health, the study is evaluating the usability and effectiveness of the KIOS Bipolar expert system in comparison to a mood tracking app. Charles Bowden, M.D., clinical professor and former Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is Principal Investigator for the trial. Dr. Bowden is an expert on bipolar disorder and the only scientist to receive all three of the top U.S. awards for mood disorder research.
The study will involve 120 patients at three leading universities. Fifty patients will be enrolled at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC-SA), and thirty-five each at The University of Cincinnati and The University of Louisville. The studies at the University of Cincinnati and University of Louisville are under direction of Dr. Rifaat El-Mallakh and Dr. Susan McElroy, respectively.
KIOS BIPOLAR is a cutting-edge mobile tool developed by renowned U.S. bipolar researchers that provides individualized self-management tips to patients in real time. It is powered by KIOS Analytics, a proprietary computational tool developed by H. Richard Priesmeyer, Ph.D. Dr. Priesmeyer is professor and former chairman of Management at St. Mary’s University School of Business. His research centers on how to manage the unpredictable.
The current trial will run through the end of 2016 and follows a preliminary study with 20 patients from UTHSC-SA in 2014. (Read patient comments about KIOS Bipolar here.)