The Central Valley of Costa Rica has long been a fruitful place for genetic research. This month, our ongoing work on the genetics of OCD in large multigenerational families gets a mention in Costa Rica’s premier newspaper, La Nacion.
NPR’s popular program from the 1990’s that followed teenagers through their daily lives has recently been updated, and one of the most compelling program features Josh Cutler, a schoolteacher in New York with Tourette Syndrome.
Listen to his story here.
PGENeS lab members Carol Mathews and Monika Eckfield are quoted in the recent article on hoarding entitled “The Surprising Science Behind Hoarding” in the magazine Pacific Standard. The lab’s research on how individuals with hoarding process information, and Dr. Eckfield’s graduate work on subtypes of hoarding symptoms are discussed.
Pacific Standard article
PGENeS PI Carol Mathews was interviewed by Amy Standen of KQED as a part of a segment on nail biting and related pathological grooming behaviors. Pathological grooming behaviors, which also include hair pulling (trichotillomania) and skin picking (dermatotillomania) are related to both OCD and TS, and often run in families. Slightly different […]
A study published in the journal Biological Psychiatry by our group this month implicates chromosome 1p36 in childhood-onset OCD. The study used linkage analyses in 33 families with OCD from the US. Several chromosomal regions were implicated, and the 1p36 finding (lod score of 3.77) is the strongest published to date for OCD. Several […]