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13 August 2007

CUBBI imaging and genetics study

Would you like a free picture of your brain (with the latest imaging technology) to take home? These researchers need OCD patients and healthy volunteers to participate.

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Would you like a free picture of your brain (with the latest imaging technology) to take home? These researchers need OCD patients and healthy volunteers to participate.

The research is being carried out by the Cross-University Brain and Behaviour Initiative (CUBBI), an initiative which is focused on promoting neuroscience research in South Africa.

The following volunteers are needed for a new imaging and genetics study of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD):

  • Right-handed persons (aged between 18 and 65 years) diagnosed with OCD, who are not currently using psychotropic medication, and who are willing to stop taking such medication for the duration of the study
  • Right-handed persons (aged between 18 and 65 years) without a psychiatric disorder as controls.

Participation entails 3 – 5 sessions, and will include:

  • A clinical interview
  • Taking a blood sample for DNA extraction
  • Brain imaging (twice)
  • Tasks to monitor brain functioning and behaviour (neuropsychological tasks)
  • Once-off administration each of a pharmacological agent and placebo medication before scanning and neuropsychological tasks

Contact: Dr Christine Lochner (Tel: 021 - 938 9179, e-mail: cl2@sun.ac.za) / Ms Jemona Mostert (Tel: 021 – 938 9762, e-mail: jmostert@sun.ac.za)

 
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