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Bridging lived experience and scientific inquiry: A personal journey through OCD research

2:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday 23 March
1:00pm-2:00pm on Sunday 24 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Centre for Family Research, Ground Floor, Old Cavendish Building (Rayleigh Wing) University of Cambridge Free School Lane, CB2 3RQ

Get ready for an enlightening weekend at Bridging Lived Experience and Scientific Inquiry: A Personal Journey Through OCD Research. Join us in the newly-refurbished Old Cavendish Building, for a riveting blend of personal storytelling and cutting-edge science.

Meet Margherita Zenoni, a dynamic PhD candidate from the Department of Psychology, as she takes you on her extraordinary journey from battling Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to transforming OCD research. Supervised by the esteemed Prof. Amy Milton and supported by her employer and Orchard OCD CEO Dr Nicolas Sireau (, Margherita's tale is a beacon of hope and resilience.

On Friday, March 23rd, 2024, 2 PM to 3 PM, and Saturday, March 24th, from 1 PM to 2 PM, we'll dive into how Margherita's real-life challenges fuel her scientific passion and how she transformed a psychiatric condition into an opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Here's what's in store:

Unravelling OCD: Margherita will demystify OCD in simple terms – no jargon, just real talk.

A Personal Odyssey: Hear how Margherita's personal fight with OCD steered her toward a PhD and a role at Orchard OCD, where she advocates for more awareness, research funding, and effective treatments.

Real Life Meets Research: Discover how Margherita's work is transforming the lives of those with OCD, pushing the boundaries of what we know and how we treat mental health issues.

We’ll hear from Dr Nicolas Sireau, Orchard OCD CEO, who will talk about his experience of living with OCD and how Orchard OCD was born from his experience of the condition.

Be ready for a lively, interactive Q&A session – your opportunity to delve into the world of mental health research and contribute your own insights and perspectives.

This event isn't just a talk; it's a movement. It's about understanding the human side of science and seeing how personal battles can shape scientific progress. It's for anyone curious about the human mind, for those touched by mental health challenges, and for everyone who loves a story of overcoming odds.

So, mark your calendars for a weekend of discovery and inspiration. Join us and be part of a conversation that's changing the way we think about mental health and science!

Event hosted by the Centre for Family Research ( & Dept. Of Psychology (

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Talk, Family Weekend
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 40
Theme: Society, Health
Accessibility: Step-free access

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