What is the Orchard OCD Registry?
The Orchard OCD Registry was created to make it easier for people to find out about OCD research opportunities. To sign up to receive study alerts you must be over the age of 18 and have OCD (no diagnosis needed to sign up). The information gathered during sign up then helps us to filter which studies you may be able to take part in, and you then contact the researcher if you are interested. The Registry is currently based in the United Kingdom only, however we do have plans to expand internationally in the future.
Why is it important?
Researchers are continuously trying to find out more information and knowledge in order to support the individuals who experience OCD. Existing treatments for OCD are often ineffective, which is why we are pushing for the development of new and better treatments for this devastating condition.
Unfortunately, many research trials often don’t reach the desired number of participants and therefore the results are not completely reliable, or the trial is unable to be conducted at all. By having more people involved in research, we can increase our understanding of OCD to aid the development of new treatments.
Is the Orchard OCD Registry the same as Orchard?
No. Orchard is a registered charity that works to accelerates the development of new and better treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Orchard OCD Registry was developed as a branch from Orchard and is a collaboration between Orchard and the University of Hertfordshire. For more information about Orchard and the work they do, please see their website: https://www.orchardocd.org/ .