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Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI)

Research Group

Lifecycle:1 Oct 2003 →  Today
Organisation profile:The clinical scientific research in the department of psychiatry is focused on the following topics: 1. Anxiety disorders : electrical brain stimulation in treatment refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder. 2. Mood disorders : - ectrical brain stimulation in treatment refractory major depressive disorder - association analysis to identify genetic factors in mood disorders 3. Mood disorders and psychosomatic disorders : functional and genetic studies of HPA-axis dysfunction in mood disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome 4. Forensic psychiatry : treatment of sexual abusers 5. Sleep disorders : - Sleep induced pathology - The influence of psychopharmaca and other substances on driving proficiency - The influence on cognitive functions of sleep wake behaviour 6. Personality Disorders - The Assessment of DSM-IV Personality Disorders questionnaire - Personality Disorders and remembered child-parent interactions - Personality Disorders and remembered youth experiences In collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center and the Free University of Amsterdam. The main targets within this project are delinquency, substance abuse, sexual deviant behaviour and eating disorders. - Young sexual offenders : By order of the Department of Justice a reliable risk taxation in young sexual offenders will be examined. - Autism and pervasive developmental disorders : In collaboration with the University Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Research Unit Developmental Disorders of the University of Gent sexual development and behaviour in patients with autism will be examined. A second part will focus on neurobiological, metabolic and molecular genetic components in the etiology of this disorder. - Anorexia nervosa : Research into this topic can be subdivided into a neuropsychological, a cognitive, a cardiac, a metabolic and a molecular genetic focus. - Congenital metabolic disorders : In collaboration with the Antwerp Research Centre for Congenital Metabolic Disorders. The main focus will be the prevalence of psychopathology. - Stress coping system and the relation with psychopathology : Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis functioning in infants, children and adolescents with anxiety disorders, disruptive disorders, autism, etc. Differences will be further examined in relation to etiological and therapeutical significance. - Protective factors and risk factors in the development of behaviour, cognitive and social functioning and psychopathology in preterm-birth children : This project is a prospective follow-up study in collaboration with the department of gynecology and neonatology of the Univeristy Hospital Antwerp, the Hospital Network Antwerp and the Antwerp Research Centre for Developmental Disorders. - Effectiveness of psychosocial interventions on parental educational skills : In collaboration with the Stobbe, an Antwerp Centre for Family Support. Effectiveness of Atomoxetine in ADHD. - Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents in Special Health Care : Evaluation of the effectiveness of child and adolescent psychiatry in children and adolescents in Special Health Care programs.
Disciplines:Psychiatry and psychotherapy, Nursing, Other paramedical sciences, Clinical and counselling psychology, Other psychology and cognitive sciences