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Call for papers: Benefits and risks of cannabis and its compounds. Deadline extended!

BMC Psychiatry is delighted to announce the launch a thematic series aiming to explore the benefits and risks of cannabis and its compounds on mental health and psychiatric disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders and others.

Oxytocin Methylation

Featured article: Association between DNA methylation of oxytocin receptors and sociality and emotion

Oxytocin and its receptors play critical roles in regulating social behavior, social cognition, and emotions. The present meta-analysis found that increased oxytocin receptor gene methylation showed patterns of decreased sociality and emotional functioning while decreased methylation showed a pattern of impaired mood. 


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Latest BMC Psychiatry Podcasts

Separating obsessive-compulsive disorder from the self
Article published: 7 September 2017

Addressing the importance of sleep
Article published: 2 May 2017

Seeking help in times of economic hardship
Article published: 3 March 2017

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Aims and scope

BMC Psychiatry is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders, as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.


Section Editors

Joanne Ryan, Section Editor

Dr. Joanne Ryan is a genetic epidemiologist who leads the Dementia Research Program in the School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University.  She joined the editorial board of BMC Psychiatry as an Associate Editor in 2014 and became a Section Editor in 2016

Data Support Services pilot

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data

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