The Division of Tics, OCD, and Related Disorders provides many opportunities for patients to participate in ongoing research activities. Our studies and clinical trials seek to develop more effective treatments and to unravel the causes and mechanisms of these challenging conditions.
Research at the Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders Program focuses on the developmental course, neurobiology, and genetics of OCD and related disorders. Our genetics research group is focused on the biological and familial aspects of these disorders and seeks to identify biological markers to enhance diagnosis and treatment. We have an active research program in neuroimaging that includes an array of non-invasive studies. Our research program also includes clinical trials with novel compounds used in other areas of clinical psychiatry, experimental drug therapy (e.g., ketamine, bitopertin), and experimental treatment options such as device interventions (deep brain stimulation).
Research at the Tics and Tourette’s Clinical and Research Program focuses on the course, clinical phenomenology, neurobiology and treatment of Tourette's and tic disorders, as well as their relationship with other co-morbid conditions. This Program also offers access to novel therapeutic approaches for those with Tourette’s and tic disorders.