About Orchard OCD

we build a community of interdisciplinary professionals and work with them closely to progress together in developing new and better treatments for patients suffering from OCD.

Our Vision

is a world where all patients suffering from OCD receive effective treatment for their condition.

Our Mission

is to build that world by advancing collaborative translational research and driving the quest for new and better treatments for OCD.

Our Goals

We have a three-pillar approach,
1. Research (fund and run clinical trials)
2. Hubs (OCD research database and repository)
3. Dissemination (awareness campaigns and conferences)

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Call For Proposals 2022

In 2022 we launched our second call for proposals seeking hard-to-fund projects that have great potential to make a major impact for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). We received many great submissions, and our independent scientific advisory board judged the projects last year. We are now excited to announce our winner: “Double-blind Randomised Placebo-controlled study of Tolcapone for OCD”

From The Blog

In this week's blog, Méliane shares her OCD story through a beautiful poem she wrote: I can’t see you but I know you’re there You’re always there Sometimes I think you’ve gone but you always find a way to re-appear   I’ve been in prison for years Alive but not living Closed down Standing Staring at life An observer bound in a mental straitjacket Looking at the world but not taking part in it Wooden, frozen   “No” I shout at you. “Enough. Stop” But you still keep coming at me I am so tired Tired of washing, cleaning & checking Tired of not being able to touch anything touched by anyone else Tired of the effort, the struggle, the continual cycle Tired of the loss of career & relationships Tired of not feeling able to go outdoors Tired of the loss of fun Tired of life   This year when Spring arrives I feel the sunlight warming me I feel a sense of hope I hear something funny on the radio and I laugh. It’s a strange feeling but good. It’s been a long time A thought floats into my head “I can do anything I want” I want my freedom Can I find the strength to take it? I’m going to try.

19 May 2023
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Hello everyone! We are happy to introduce you all to our new member of staff, Margherita! Margherita has just started working for Orchard OCD as the Head of Fundraising and Communications. She will manage Orchard's relationships with partners, donors, and collaborators. In this week's blog, we learn more about Margherita and the work she will be doing for Orchard OCD. Hello Margherita! How are you feeling starting work at Orchard OCD? Hi! I am delighted to start working at Orchard. I have been knowing Orchard since 2020, and I have always felt entirely represented by its purpose and mission towards raising awareness about OCD and advocating for more financial investment in research into OCD. I am also excited at the idea of collaborating with interdisciplinary professionals who share my strong passion for mental health and work for a world where all individuals suffering from OCD can access timely and effective treatment for their condition. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I am 27 years old, and during the last few years, my studies and work have taken me to live partly in the UK – in London first and then in Cambridge – and partly in Milan, Italy, my native country. I have a Psychology bachelor's and a master's in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London. I have always been keen on raising awareness around OCD, advocating for those suffering from it and for more research into OCD and related disorders. As a teenager and young adult with severe OCD, when I was at my lowest point due to this mental illness at age 18, and then again at age 23, I decided to turn the tables nor allow the OCD to continue to rob me of my health, relationships, and career ambitions. I decided that one day, I would help people with OCD through my work, turning my mental pain into an opportunity for myself and many other OCD sufferers. In my background, there is no lecture, book or scientific article that can match what I have learned about the complexity of OCD by experiencing it on my own skin for several years. I sincerely want my work to impact how health professionals - not just those in the mental health niche - and societies perceive OCD until this illness is entirely given the public attention, respect, and financial resources it deserves. Thank you very much, Margherita! What are you working on to start things off at Orchard? I am learning many new things on Orchard's website and social media management to continue Juliet's work of expanding Orchard's media channels. I'm also developing a new Orchard OCD funding conflict-of-interest policy, which aims to guarantee that Orchard's funding decisions are made fairly and transparently. I'm very excited about the OCD Patient Registry that Orchard recently developed through a collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire and that is receiving the first applications. I believe the OCD Registry represents an excellent and necessary means to collect information from individuals with OCD to be matched with potentially suitable studies for them to participate in. By grouping the highest possible number of individuals with OCD into one database, it will be significantly easier for researchers to find an adequate number of participants for their studies and, hence, to produce reliable results. We have many other plans for the upcoming months, and I look forward to working on them and sharing our work with everyone! What are your hobbies outside of work? I enjoy practising yoga regularly and going for long walks in my spare time. I love walking both in the city and in nature. When I am alone, I love stopping in some nice café to read a good book while having a cup of tea. I also love dancing, spending time with my friends, with whom I share much of my private life and travel, going to the movies, enjoying happy hours, the theatre, and many other things! Welcome Margherita! Got any fundraising or communication ideas? Please email Margherita at margherita@orchardocd.org to start a conversation. /*! elementor - v3.12.2 - 23-04-2023 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=".svg"]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block}

12 May 2023
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/*! elementor - v3.12.2 - 23-04-2023 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=".svg"]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} In this week’s blog we say goodbye to Orchard’s Head of Fundraising & Communications, Juliet. Juliet has been volunteering for Orchard since 2020 and started working for Orchard last January. Juliet is moving to Chicago in May and will be sorely missed! What are you most proud of achieving during your time here? Last year we were awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery Awards for All funding, we then raised an extra £7,264 from our Christmas appeal. This was for a 3-part video series on OCD, future research, and our patient registry. We filmed our first video last month and the remaining two last week! I feel so proud seeing the funding in action and can’t wait for our supporters to see these videos. Any highlights? We worked hard last year to produce a new Orchard website, although it was a tough task to accomplish, it was definitely a highlight seeing the final product. I also have really enjoyed organising webinars in partnership with Made of Millions over the years. You can watch our previous ones here.  What are you going to miss the most? Luckily, I will be returning as a volunteer for Orchard so shouldn’t miss too much on what Orchard is achieving and can still help them achieve their mission to develop new OCD treatments. However, I am going to miss my friends in the office, they have been my rock since I started working in the office straight after university! (I worked previously at The AKU Society). I am also going to miss working alongside Nick (Chair & Founder of Orchard), he’s an inspiration and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next. What are your future plans? In May I am moving across the pond to Chicago. I start a new role at Cures Within Reach as a Program Manager. Cures Within Reach works to fund repurposed drug trials, impacting patients with unmet medical needs. I lived in Chicago last summer and can’t wait to go back and experience the city again. Any last words? A huge thank you to Orchard for taking me on, I have learned so much about the OCD community, ongoing and OCD future research, I am excited to see what Orchard achieves next in OCD research.

28 Apr 2023
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