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18 February 2009

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Stellenbosch University is looking for persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and persons with trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling) for research studies.

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1. Research on obsessive-compulsive disorder
The MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders at Stellenbosch University is looking for persons with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and one of their 1st degree family members for a research study.

The following volunteers are needed:

  • Right-handed persons diagnosed with OCD
  • Right handed, healthy, 1st degree family members of persons with OCD

Participation entails three sessions, and will include:

  • A diagnostic interview with a psychologist
  • Taking a blood sample for DNA extraction
  • Brain imaging
  • Neuropsychological tasks
  • Once-off administration each of a pharmacological agent and placebo

2. Trichotillomania study
The MRC Unit on Anxiety and Stress Disorders is furthermore looking for persons with trichotillomania (compulsive hair-pulling) for another research study.

The following volunteers are needed:

  • Right-handed persons diagnosed with trichotillomania

Participation entails three sessions, and will include:

  • A diagnostic interview with a psychologist
  • Taking a blood sample for DNA extraction
  • Brain imaging
  • Neuropsychological tasks
  • Once-off administration each of a pharmacological agent and placebo

For more info, contact: Prof Christine Lochner: Tel: 021 938 9179, e-mail: cl2@sun.ac.za / Ms Candice Simmons: Tel: 021 938 9762, e-mail: csimmons@sun.ac.za.

All information will be kept confidential.

 
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