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Dr. Neil Rector
Dr. Neil Rector is a senior scientist in the Hurvitz Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute. His research focuses on psychological and neurobiological approaches to treat mood and anxiety disorders like depression, social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Rector recently led a pilot study examining the benefits of combining physical exercise with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) to treat patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The results from this study were encouraging: patients who received the combination therapy saw a much larger effect than those who received CBT alone. As highlighted in this story, Rector is also interested in disgust processes in patients with OCD and whether CBT can help improve facial recognition of disgust in people with OCD.