The research projects

The Bergen Center for Brain Plasticity develops and applies concentrated treatment formats to help those suffering from mental disorders. This provides a golden opportunity to understand how genetics, epigenetics, and the brain influences and is influenced by our experiences and how we live our lives. 
The partners in BCBP

Bergen Research Foundation, the Kavli TrustHaukeland University Hospital and the University of Bergen have joined forces to establish a new mental health research centre in Bergen, Norway: The Bergen Center for Brain Plasticity. For a list of our publications see this page

Brain imaging (fMRI) 

The Bergen 4-day Treatment helps many patients with OCD to recover, but what happens in the brain when they do so? The Bergen Center for Brain Plasticity will study changes in the brain directly after treatment. Brain imaging is performed the day before treatment starts, one week afterwards, and after three months. The combination of concentrated treatment and imaging directly after treatment gives a unique opportunity to help us understand how treatment changes the brain.

Dr. Odile van den Heuvel will together with Dr. Olga Ousdal head the brain imaging project, where Dr. Anders Lillevik Thorsen is a post.doc.
 

Genetics and epigenetics

Does our genes influence how much we benefit from treatment, and can treatment influence our epigenetics and how genes are expressed? These questions will be answered by studies based on our biobank.
Dr. Jan Haavik and Jim Crowley heads the work package for genetics, while Dr. Stephanie Le Hellard and Kerry Ressler head the work package for epigenetics.
 

Treatment studies 

The B4DT is a practical, evidence-based, focused and deliberate exposure based treatment. It builds on four decades of empirical research and theories about the most effective approach to OCD  treatment. The innovation and strength of the work is how it combines the most effective elements of proven treatment into one of the most profound, rapid, and robust treatment approaches that we have seen in recent years.

Recently, TIME Magazine selected Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen to be on the list as two of 50 Most Influential People in Health Care for 2018, based on their work with the B4DT. 
Drs. Gerd Kvale and Bjarne Hansen will together with Dr. Thröstur Björgvinsson be heading the psychological parts of the research project, with Dr. Lars-Göran Öst as a core collaborating partner.


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