Specialist Biomedical Research Center for Mental Health

London, United Kingdom

Specialist Biomedical Research Center for Mental Health

London, United Kingdom

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Laufs H.,University College London | Laufs H.,MRI Unit | Richardson M.P.,King's College London | Richardson M.P.,Specialist Biomedical Research Center for Mental Health | And 17 more authors.
Neurology | Year: 2011

Objectives: Experiments in animal models have identified specific subcortical anatomic circuits, which are critically involved in the pathogenesis and control of seizure activity. However, whether such anatomic substrates also exist in human epilepsy is not known. Methods: We studied 2 separate groups of patients with focal epilepsies arising from any cortical location using either simultaneous EEG-fMRI (n = 19 patients) or [11C]flumazenil PET (n = 18). Results: Time-locked with the interictal epileptiform discharges, we found significant hemodynamic increases common to all patients near the frontal piriform cortex ipsilateral to the presumed cortical focus. GABAA receptor binding in the same area was reduced in patients with more frequent seizures. Conclusions: Our findings of cerebral blood flow and GABAergic changes, irrespective of where interictal or ictal activity occurs in the cortex, suggest that this area of the human primary olfactory cortex may be an attractive new target for epilepsy therapy, including neurosurgery, electrical stimulation, and focal drug delivery. © 2011 by AAN Enterprises, Inc.


McKay D.,Fordham University | Sookman D.,McGill University | Neziroglu F.,Biobehavioral Institute | Wilhelm S.,Massachusetts General Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Psychiatry Research | Year: 2015

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which encompasses exposure with response prevention (ERP) and cognitive therapy (CT), has demonstrated efficacy in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). However, the samples studied (reflecting the heterogeneity of OCD), the interventions examined (reflecting the heterogeneity of CBT), and the definitions of treatment response vary considerably across studies. This review examined the meta-analyses conducted on ERP and cognitive therapy (CT) for OCD. Also examined was the available research on long-term outcome associated with ERP and CT. The available research indicates that ERP is the first line evidence based psychotherapeutic treatment for OCD and that concurrent administration of cognitive therapy that targets specific symptom-related difficulties characteristic of OCD may improve tolerance of distress, symptom-related dysfunctional beliefs, adherence to treatment, and reduce drop out. Recommendations are provided for treatment delivery for OCD in general practice and other service delivery settings. The literature suggests that ERP and CT may be delivered in a wide range of clinical settings. Although the data are not extensive, the available research suggests that treatment gains following ERP are durable. Suggestions for future research to refine therapeutic outcome are also considered. © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

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