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Now recruiting participants!

Recruitment of participants is ongoing for our studies of neurocognition in OCD and compulsive hoarding.  Both individuals with non-hoarding type OCD (and their family members) and healthy controls without OCD or hoarding symptoms are needed.  Please contact us using the link at the above right  for more information and to participate.

Costa Rican study implicates the ryanodine receptor in OCD

A new study published by our group this month provides evidence of genetic linkage to a region of chromosome 15 in several OCD families from the Central Valley of Costa Rica.  This study, which shows the strongest genetic evidence of linkage for OCD to date, implicates the ryanodine receptor 3 gene as a possible contributor to the development of OCD. Although much more work is needed to confirm these findings, they are an exciting start! See the publications section for a link to the paper.

PGENeS in the news

It’s been a busy week for PGENeS in the news.  Both the Trichotillomania Learning Center conference and the American Society on Aging annual conference were in San Francisco this spring.

Carol Mathews was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle with regard to trichotillomania, and Monika Eckfiels and Scott Mackin were highlighted on the NPR health blog.  Here are the links:

SF Chronicle trichotillomania article

NPR health blog

Resilience and anxiety study in the news, again!

An article about the anxiety and resilience study in Costa Rica, published in Costa Rica’s premier newspaper, La Nacion.

Click here to access the article.  http://www.nacion.com/2011-04-02/AldeaGlobal/NotasSecundarias/AldeaGlobal2700735.aspx

Resilience and anxiety study in the news in Costa Rica

Our group recently gave a talk about the anxiety and resilience studies in Costa Rica at UNIBE, the University of Iberoamerica medical school. It was the inaugural talk in an ongoing series on healthcare that UNIBE is hosting. Drs. Anna Ordóñez, Carol Mathews, and Luis Diego Herrera spoke.Unibe hosts health, science talks : Top Story : News : Costa Rica Newspaper, The Tico Times