- The OCRN aims to deepen the understanding of obsessions and compulsions in psychiatric disorders at the behavioural, neural and molecular level using cross-species observational and experimental approaches.
- Our objectives include:
-responding to existing relevant grant proposals
-strengthening existing projects and collaborations
-setting the research agenda for the future.
- To this end, the key outstanding research questions for the field will be identified and research strategies developed to address them through collaborative enterprise.
- This will be achieved through focussed meetings, teleconferences, establishment of shared multinational databases, multicentre studies and joint publications. Collaboration across existing ECNP Networks and other networks will be encouraged.
- A key additional role will be to lobby for OCRDs initiatives at the highest level e.g. via the European Brain Council.
The Network was formally established in February 2012.
Chair: Naomi Fineberg is the current OCRN chair since 2012. She has co-ordinated several EU grant applications for the OCRN over this period and organised and co-chaired the targeted network meeting (TNM) in October 2013. Elections for the position will be held in April 2015.
Co-chair: Dick Veltman was elected to the position in mid-2014. Prof. Veltman co-chaired the TNM in October 2013 and helped the OCRN take forward recent OCRN Horizon 2020 applications.