The present study reports a genomewide scan using linkage analysis for risk genes involved in bipolar disorder with 613 microsatellite markers including additional testing of promising regions. As previously published significant linkage was obtained at chromosome 12q24.3 with a two-point parametric lod score of 3.42 at D12S1639 including all members in both families (empirical P-value 0.00004, genome-wide P-value 0.0417). The multipoint parametric lod score at D12S1639 was 3.63 (genome-wide P-value 0.0265). At chromosome 1p22-p21 a parametric, affecteds-only two-point lod score of 2.75 at marker D1S216 was found (empirical P-value 0.0002, genome-wide P-value 0.1622). A three-point lod score of 2.98 (genome-wide P-value 0.1022) at D1S216, and a multipoint non-parametric analysis with a maximum NPL-all score of 17.60 (P-value 0.00079) at D1S216 further supported this finding. A number of additional loci on chromosomes 4p16, 6q14-q22, 10q26 and 16p13.3 yielded parametric lod scores around or above 2.