OCD Collaborative Genetics Associaton Study

Purpose of the Study
A team of scientists and clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, are working with teams at five other university medical centers and the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate genes responsible for the development of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. We hope that by knowing these genes it may lead to improved understanding and treatment of the disorder.

Who Can Participate?
We are looking for individuals age 8 years and older with a diagnosis of OCD (where symptoms started before 18 years) and both of his or her parents. Study entry requires involvement of the OCD-affected individual and both parents.

All Collaborating Sites
Massachusetts General Hospital
Johns Hopkins University
Brown University
University of Southern California
University of California at Los Angeles
Columbia University
National Institute of Mental Health

Study Staff at Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: David L. Pauls, Ph. D.
Study Coordinator: Casey Walsh, M.S.W.
Co-Investigators: Daniel Geller, M.B.B.S. & S. Evelyn Stewart, M.D.
Interviewer: Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, M.D.