Research: Genetic Predisposition for Trichotillomania

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The Institute for Genomic Health (IGH) at SUNY Downstate Medical Center is conducting research on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and other related disorders (Hoarding Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Hair Pulling disorder/Trichotillomania and Skin Picking Disorder/Excoriation Disorder. We've been asked to publish the following info about this reseach to help recruit participants for the study. Here're the details:


Current research has indicated that some people are more likely to develop this disorder than others. We at Downstate, along with other collaborating research sites are working towards identifying the genes associated with this disorder in the hopes of contributing to the development of better, more effective treatments.

Our study is NIMH-funded and approved by Downstate Medical Center, study ID # 759153.

Participation for patients is one-time only. It includes:

  • completion of 3 short surveys
  • a small blood draw of 3 small tubes of blood
  • and a short interview with one of our clinical interviewers

After the interview, participants are immediately compensated 50$ in cash. For patients that are very uncomfortable with blood draw we do have an the option to collect saliva.

We do not have an enrollment maximum on age but participants must be at least 7 years old to be eligible to enroll.