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.
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.