Research is conducted to increase our understanding of the etiology and needs of youth with OCD and related disorders, along with their families, and to also inform evidence-based practice. Research on the causation, long-term course and treatment of OCD is an integral aspect of the clinic’s activities. Research on outcome of group treatment, pharmacological studies, and other new research projects will also be integrated into clinic activities. All research is done with informed consent and protocols have been reviewed by the University of British Columbia Clinical Research Ethics Board.
Are you interested in brain research? Want to help us learn more about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)? Please find below a brief description of some of our studies.
1. “A Study of Neurocognition in Pediatric OCD, At-Risk Siblings and Healthy Controls,” for your child and / or their siblings between 8-18 years old. This will involve a 2-hour assessment looking at how youth with OCD and their siblings solve problems. What do you receive? A gift card and written report regarding the results.
2. “A Neuroimaging Study of Pediatric OCD, At-Risk Siblings and Healthy Controls,” for your child and / or their siblings between 10-18 years old. This will involve a 1-hour MRI scan looking at how the brain functions in youth with OCD and their siblings. MRI is non-invasive and does not involve radiation or x-rays. Your choice of gift card for your time and a picture of your brain to take home.
3. “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Registry and DNA Repository,” for your child, sibling(s), and parent(s) of OCD-affected youth and their parents. The registry is an ongoing database (sets of questionnaires) that will help track any changes in your child’s OCD symptoms and how these symptoms may affect the family. The DNA repository is one-time only collection of spit or blood from your child and parent(s). We are looking for OCD genes with the goal of improving treatment outcomes.
4. “Sleep and Activity Study.” This study examines the frequency of sleep problems and decreased activity level in children and youth with OCD. It involves wearing a wrist exercise tracker for one week. Participants will receive a gift card after completing the study.
To learn more about the Pediatric OCD Program studies and to discuss your eligibility, please leave us a confidential message at 604-875-2000 (ext. 6428 or ext. 3068).