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If you have OCD symptoms and would like to learn more about participating in our study, please contact us. Participation includes a confidential interview and a blood sample. The interview and blood draw will be scheduled at a time convenient for you.  Participants do not need to travel. Confidentiality of all information is assured. Participants will be compensated.

To learn more about the study, please contact:
Dr. Jack Samuels

You can also fill out the form at the bottom.

The study address is:
OCD Family and Genetic Study
JHU Psychiatry Research
550 Building, Room 902
Baltimore, MD 21205

Frequently Asked Questions about OCD Research

What exactly are you looking for in the blood?

DNA will be extracted from the blood obtained from participants. From these DNA samples, we will test whether genetic variations are associated with the presence of OCD in individuals and families. This analysis is a long and arduous process and results are not likely to emerge rapidly.

How is my confidentiality assured?

The study methods, and the method for ensuring our participants confidentiality, is reviewed and approved by the Johns Hopkins Institutional Review Board. Moreover, we have secured a Certificate of Confidentiality from the federal government that assures our participants that all the information that they provide cannot be divulged. No names or other identifying material is maintained on participant records; all material has only a coded ID number. We also maintain locked files for all materials.

Are other universities besides Johns Hopkins involved in OCD Family study?

In this second phase of the project, we are collaborating and pooling resources with Massachusetts General Hospital, Brown University, Columbia University, UCLA, and National Institutes of Mental Health.

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