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Friday, July 7 • 8:00am - 9:30am
OCD and Related Disorders (OCRD)- Understanding the Role of Genes and Environment

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OCD and Related Disorders (OCRDs) are likely 'multifactorial', meaning that genes work in tandem with environmental factors to lead to causation, and both should be explored in terms of treatment as well. New genetic data will be presented from a genome-wide study of obsessive-compulsive behavior (OCB) in a large community-based sample of children and adolescents, as will updated findings from an NIMH grant exploring the OCRDs. Last, the role of pharmacogenetics (use of genetics to predict medication response) in OCD will be reviewed.


Peggy Richter, MD

Dr. Peggy Richter is head of the Frederick W. Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre and Director of the Clinic for OCD & Related Disorders at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, associate scientist in the... Read More →

Michele Pato, MD

Dr. Michele Pato is Director of the Institute for Genomic Health and Professor Psychiatry-SUNY Downstate. Dr. Pato has led the Genomic Psychiatry Cohort (GPC) and Portuguese Island Collection Studies, with Carlos Pato, M.D., PhD, Dean at SUNY Downstate Medical school. She... Read More →

Paul Arnold, MD, PhD

Dr. Arnold is the inaugural Director of the Mathison Centre for Mental Health & Education and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Medical Genetics at the University of Calgary. He holds the AIHS Translational Health Chair in Child and Youth Mental Health... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am PDT
Yerba Buena - Salons 13-15