Study evaluates new method for preventing sexual assaults on children

There are currently virtually no treatments with a scientifically proven effect on individuals in the risk zone for committing sexual assaults on children. However, the researchers behind a unique new study being launched at the Centre for Andrology and Sexual Medicine at Karolinska University Hospital now hope to be able to change this.

“We are investigating whether a new fast-acting medication reduces the risk of men who are sexually attracted to children committing assaults,” explains Christoffer Rahm, who has main responsibility for the study.

The study participants have not previously been known for or convicted of sex crimes, but have sought help themselves for their sexual orientation patterns via the national PrevenTell helpline (www.preventell.se). It is now being investigated for the first time whether preventive medication can reduce the risk of someone committing assaults on children. This is being studied via a randomised, controlled trial, a format with high explanatory value. If the medication has a risk-reducing effect and few side-effects, it may change how individuals in the risk zone are treated.

“In addition to the pharmaceutical trial, neuropsychological tests, blood sampling and MR brain scans are also being carried out to improve our knowledge about the causes of sexual attraction to children,” continues Christoffer. “The medical-ethical dilemma that arises in this type of research is also being studied.”

About the study

  • The Priotab study (Paedophilia at risk – Investigations of treatment and biomarkers) has been approved by the Research Ethics Committee and includes participants from March 2016 onwards. The participants will then be monitored very closely during the three-year study period.
  • To date, the research has been financed by the Swedish Society for Medical Research, the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Fredrik and Inga Thuring Foundation and grants provided by Stockholm County Council. A crowdfunding campaign will also be launched during the spring.

 

Contacts
Christoffer Rahm, main responsibility for the study, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Consultant, Psychiatry Southwest, Stockholm Health Care Services, Stockholm, Tel.: +46 (0)70 001 14 57 (NB 7-8 April: +44 (0)742 324 17 69), e-mail: christoffer.rahm@ki.se

Stefan Arver, research group leader and group leader for the Centre for Andrology and Sexual Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Department of Medicine, Huddinge, Karolinska Institutet, Consultant, Endocrinology Clinic, Tel.: +46 (0)70 593 49 61, e-mail: stefan.arver@ki.se

Press contact:
Klas Östman, press relations manager, Karolinska University Hospital, Tel: +46 70- 450 77 97

Karolinska is one of Europe's largest university hospitals and together with Karolinska Institutet we have a leading role within the field of medical breakthroughs. Our aim is to always put the patient first by providing the best possible medical expertise, treatment and care. Through innovation and active collaboration with industry and academia, we are committed to being internationally prominent in medicine, research and education.

Tags:

About Us

Press Office phone hours 8am-8pm CET monday-sunday phone: +46 8 517 740 10 email: kim.sjolund@sll.se The media relations staff is available to respond to journalists' inquiries and requests. We provide contact with medical and scientific staff and service for press release and images. Photography permission If you are going to photograph within Karolinska University Hospital you need a photographer´s permit. The permit is issued to protect the patients and visitors and acts as a support for you in your work. Contact the Media service at:+46-8-517 740 10 Karolinska University Hospital is one of Europe's largest university hospitals and together with Karolinska Institutet we have a leading role within the field of medical breakthroughs. Our aim is to always put the patient first by providing the best possible medical expertise, treatment and care. Through innovation and active collaboration with industry and academia, we are committed to being internationally prominent in medicine, research and education. New Karolinska Solna (NKS) is the project name for the state-of-the-art hospital currently under construction next to Karolinska University Hospital in Solna. NKS is being built to be able to meet the demands of the future as regards health and medical care – with a greater focus on the patients needs, faster provision of care, and increased patient safety with single rooms for all inpatients.

Subscribe

Media

Media

Quick facts

Study evaluates new method for preventing sexual assaults on children
Tweet this

Quotes

“We are investigating whether a new fast-acting medication reduces the risk of men who are sexually attracted to children committing assaults,”
explains Christoffer Rahm, who has main responsibility for the study.