Linda Booij, PhD

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Contact

 linda.booij@mcgill.ca

 

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Montréal, QC
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 Telephone bureau: (514) 761-6131 x3522

Chercheuse, Centre de recherche Douglas
Professeure titulaire, Université McGill
Chef, recherche et développement académique, Continuum des troubles de l’alimentation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas
Psychologue,
 Continuum des troubles de l’alimentation, Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas

Nom du laboratoire: Neurobiologie des troubles de l'alimentation

Groupe thématique: Santé mentale des jeunes et intervention précoce
Division: Recherche clinique

 

Thèmes de recherche:
  • Neurobiologie des troubles de l’alimentation (épigénétique, génétique et processus cérébraux)
  • Prédicteurs biopsychosociaux et trajectoires de la réponse aux traitements
  • Développement et application d’interventions virtuelles
  • Efficacité des initiatives de transfert de connaissances
Research activities:

Dr. Booij and her colleagues at the Eating Disorders Continuum are conducting research that focuses specifically on the biopsychosocial pathways of eating disorders and is centred around four themes: (i) Neurobiology of eating disorders (epigenetic, genetic and brain processes), (ii) Biopsychosocial predictors and trajectories of treatment response, (iii) Development and application of virtual interventions and (iv) Effectiveness of knowledge transfer initiatives. The research includes individuals with eating disorders and involves imaging technology, genetic and epigenetic markers, as well as behavioural and cognitive measures.

Ongoing studies on eating disorders include:

  • DNA methylation in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa (CIHR funded, PIs: Steiger, Booij).
  • A nationwide longitudinal study on the neural mechanisms of Anorexia Nervosa (CIHR funded, PIs: Booij, Dimitropoulos, Arnold) in collaboration with eight other eating disorder treatment centres in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Development of virtual interventions for individuals with eating disorders.
  • Studies on risk and resilience factors for (enduring) eating disorders.
  • Psychometric investigations of symptom assessment instruments.

In addition to the collaborative studies at the Eating Disorders Continuum, Dr. Booij also conducts longitudinal research on risk factors for mental health issues in children and adolescents. These projects involve community samples and are conducted in collaboration with various researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and other researchers across Canada.

Ongoing research on child and adolescent development include:

  • A longitudinal study on the role of the perinatal environment on DNA methylation and brain processes in a cohort of monozygotic twins (PDIMOZY) (CIHR funded, PI: Booij)
  • Collaborative research on the impact of prenatal exposure to environmental contaminants on child and adolescent development. This work is conducted in the MIREC cohort and is in close collaboration with various researchers across Canada.

Dre Booij a obtenu son diplôme doctoral en psychologie clinique à l’Université Leiden, au Pays-Bas,  où elle a étudié la sérotonine, la cognition et la dépression. En tant que stagiaire postdoctorale à l’Université McGill, dans le département de psychiatrie, elle a acquis une expertise en imagerie TEP et en génétique.

Après avoir établi son laboratoire de recherche, elle a mené de nombreuses études en tant que chercheuse principale sur l’impact de l’adversité précoce sur le développement cérébral et le risque de psychopathologie (particulièrement les troubles de l’humeur et troubles de l’alimentation), et sur le rôle de la serotonine sur le développement cérébral.

Depuis janvier 2023, Dre Booij est Professeure titulaire à l’Université McGill et Chef de recherche et de développement académique au Continuum des troubles de l’alimentation à l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale Douglas. Sa recherche actuelle cible les voies biopsychosociales des troubles de l’alimentation.

Publications clés

* Indicates staff or trainees (previously) supervised by Dr. Booij

*Breton, E., Juster, R-P, & Booij. L.(2023). Gender and sex in eating disorders: A narrative review of the current state of knowledge, research gaps, and recommendations. In press. Brain & Behavior.

Loose, T., Geoffrey, M-C., Orri, M., Chadi, N., *Scardera, S., Booij, L., *Breton, E., Tremblay, R.E., Boivin, M., Côté, S. (2023) Pathways of association between disordered eating in adolescence and mental health outcomes in young adulthood during the COVID-19 pandemic. Canadian journal of public health, 114(1), 22–32. doi:10.17269/s41997-022-00715-8.

Steiger, H., Booij, L., St-Hilaire, A., & Thaler, L. (2023). Eating Disorders. In Blaney, P; Krueger, R. Oxford. Textbook of Psychopathology. 4th. Oxford University Press, United States.

*Dufour, R., Novack, K. Chadi, N., & Booij, L. (2022). The use of technology in the treatment of youth with eating disorders: A scoping review. Journal of Eating Disorders, 10(1):182. doi:10.1186/s40337-022-00697-5.

Novack, K., *Dufour, R., Picard, L., Booij, L., & Chadi. N. (2022). An intensive ambulatory care program for adolescents with eating disorders combining in-person and virtual care: Protocol for a singe-site naturalistic trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research Protocols. 11(11):e37420. doi:10.2196/37420.

*Azar, N., & Booij, L. (2022). DNA Methylation as a mediator in the association between prenatal maternal stress and child mental health outcomes: Current state of knowledge. Journal of Affective Disorders, 319:142–163. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.09.008.

Khundrakpam, B., Booij, L., Seun J. Karama, J., Tohka, J., & Evans, A. (2022). Individualized prediction of future cognition using developmental changes in cortical anatomy. Neuroimage: Reports, 2(4):100127. doi:10.1016/j.ynirp.2022.100127

*Nassar, E-L., Levis, B., Neyer, M.A., Rice, D.B., Booij, L., Benedetti, A., & Thombs, B.D. (2022). Transparency and completeness of reporting of depression screening tool accuracy studies: a meta-research review of adherence to the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies statement. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 1:e1939. doi:10.1002/mpr.1939.

Steiger, H.**, Booij, L.**, Thaler, L., St-Hilaire, A., Israel, M., Casey, K.F., *Oliverio, S., *Crescenzi, O., Lee, V., Turecki, G., Joober, R., Szyf, M., & * Bréton, E. (2022). DNA methylation in people with anorexia nervosa: Epigenome-wide patterns in actively ill, long-term remitted, and healthy-eater women. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Jun 27:1-6. doi :10.1080/15622975.2022.2089731. ** Shared first-authorship.

*Bréton, E., *Fotso-Soh, J., & Booij, L. (2022). Immunoinflammatory processes: overlapping mechanisms between obesity and eating disorders? Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 138:104688. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104688.

*Bréton, E., *Dufour, R., Coté, S.M., Dubois, L., Vitaro, F., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R.E., & Booij, L. (2022).Developmental trajectories of eating disorder symptoms: A longitudinal study from early adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Eating Disorders. Jun 20;10(1):84. doi: 10.1186/s40337-022-00603-z.

Porter-Vignola, E., Booij, L., Dansereau-Laberge, E-M., Garel, P., *Chartier, G.B., Seni, A.G., Beauchamp, M.H., & Herba, C.M. (2022). Social cognition and depression in adolescent girls. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry. Sep;76:101750. doi: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2022.101750.

*McIver, TA., Craig, W., *Bosma, R.L., *Chiarella, J., Klassen. J., *Sandre. A., *Goegan. S., & Booij. L. (2022). Empathy, defending, and functional connectivity while witnessing social exclusion. Soc Neurosci,17(4), 352–367.  doi: 10.1080/17470919.2022.2086618

*Noyes, B., Munoz, D., Khalid-Khan, S., Brietzke, E., & Booij, L. (2022). Is subthreshold depression in adolescence clinically relevant? Journal of Affective Disorders, 309:123–130. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2022.04.067

Thaler, L., Booij, L., Burnham, N., Kenny, S., *Oliverio, S., Israel, M., & Steiger, H. (2022). Predictors of non-completion of a day treatment program for adults with eating disorders. European Eating Disorders Review, 30(2):146–155. doi: 10.1002/erv.2879.

*Breton, É. & Booij, L. (2022). Du cerveau à l’assiette: Coup d’œil sur les troubles alimentaires. Revue Quebecoise,43(1): 1-22

*Nassar, E-L., Levis, B., Neyer, M.A., Rice, D.B., Booij, L., Benedetti, A., & Thombs, B.D.(2022). Sample size and precision of accuracy estimates in studies of depression screening tool accuracy: A meta-research review of studies published in 2018­–­2021. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 31(2): e1910. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1910.

*Nassar, E-L., Levis, B., Rice, D.B., Booij, L., Benedetti, A., & Thombs, B.D. (2022). Risk of bias from inclusion of currently diagnosed or treated individuals in studies of depression screening tool accuracy: A meta-research review of studies published in 2018–2021. General Hospital Psychiatry, 76: 25–30.

Steiger, H., Booij, L., Singer, I., *Crescenzi, O., Oliverio, S., Thaler, L., St-Hilaire, A., & Israel, M. (2022). In-person versus virtual therapy in outpatient eating-disorder treatment: A COVID-19 inspired study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 55:145-150. doi: 10.1002/eat.23655.

*Calancie, O.G., Brien, D.C, Huang, J., Coe, B.C., Booij, L., Khalid-Khan, S., & Munoz D.P. (2022). Maturation of temporal saccade prediction from childhood to adulthood: predictive saccades, reduced pupil size and blink synchronization. Journal of Neuroscience, 42(1):69-80. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0837-21.2021.

Mortaji, N., Krzeczkowski, J.E., Boylan, K., Booij, L., & Van Lieshout, R. (2021). Maternal pregnancy diet, postnatal home environment and executive function and behavior in 3- to 4-y-olds. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 114:1418-1427. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqab202.

Booij, L. *Nicolosi, M. (2021). Early childhood care, support and research: how early screening and longitudinal studies can help children thrive. J de Pediatria, S0021-7557(21)00072-3. doi:10.1016/j.jped.2021.05.001

Khundrakpam, B., *Tuerk, C., & Booij, L. (2021). Understanding heterogeneity in autism spectrum disorder: A methodological shift in neuroimaging research from investigating group differences to individual differences. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging; 6: 762–764. doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.04.004

*Scardera, S., *Sacco, S., *Di Sante, J., & Booij, L. (2021). Body image-related cognitive fusion: Role of disordered eating, self-compassion and sad mood. Eating and Weight Disorders, 26: 483–490.  doi:10.1007/s40519-020-00868-w.

Wu, Y., Marc, I., Bourchard, L., Ouyang, F., Luo, Z.C., Fan, J., Dubois, L., Mâsse, B., Zhang, J., Leung, P., Liao, X. P., Herba, C., Booij, L., Shen, J., Lewin, A., Jian, H., Wang, L., Xu, J., Wu, W., Sun, W., Wu, J., Li, H., Lei, C., Korzyrski, A., Semenic, S., Chaillet, N., Masse, L., Zhan, J., Knoppers, B., Baillargeon, J. P., Velez, M., Zhang, H., Yu, Y., Yu, W., Ding, Y., Vaillancourt, C., Liu, H., Tetu, A., Fang, W., Zhao, X., Jin, Y., Liu, X., Zhang, H., Chen, Z., Hao, Y., Abdoulahab, N., Fraser, W. D., & Huang, H.(2021). Community-Family-Mother-Child Intervention Study to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Study protocol for the Sino-Canadian Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (SCHeLTI)- a randomized controlled trial. BMJ open, 1;11(4): e045192. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045192

Porter-Vignola, E., Booij, L., *Bossé-Chartier, G., Garel, P., & Herba, C. M. (2021). Emotional facial expression recognition and depression in adolescent girls: associations with clinical features. Psychiatry Research, 113777: 298:113777. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2021.113777.

*Azar, N., Booij, L., Muckle, G., Arbuckle, T. E., Séguin, J. R., Asztalos, E., Fraser, W.D. Lanphear, B. & Bouchard, M. F. (2021). Prenatal exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and cognitive ability in early childhood. Environment International, 146: 106296. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2020.106296.

Gouin, J-P., Thayer, J. F., Deschênes, S., MacNeil, S., & Booij, L. (2021). Implicit affect, heart rate variability, and the metabolic syndrome. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83: 24–32. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000879.

Lissemore, J.I., Booij, L., Leyton, M., Gravel, P., Sookman, D., Nordahl, T.E., & Benkelfat, C. (2021). Neuroimaging of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Insights into serotonergic mechanisms. In R.A.J.O. Dierckx, A. Otte, E.F.J. De Vries, A. Van Waarde, J.A. Den Boer (Eds.), PET and SPECT in psychiatry (2nd edition). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Booij, L. & Steiger, H. (2020). Applying epigenetic science to the understanding of eating disorders: A promising paradigm for research and practice. Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 33: 515–520. doi:10.1097/YCO.0000000000000632.

Sansfaçon, J.**, Booij, L.**, Gauvin, L., Fletcher, E., Islam, F., Israel, M., & Steiger, H. (2020). Pre-treatment motivation and therapy outcomes in eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis.  International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53: 1879–1900. **Shared first authorship.

Steiger, H., & Booij, L. (2020). Eating disorders, heredity and environmental activation: Getting epigenetic concepts into practice. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9: 1332. doi:10.3390/jcm9051332.

Burdo, J., Booij, L., Kahan, E., Thaler, L., Israel, M., Agellon, L.B., Nitschmann, E., Wykes, L., & Steiger, H. (2020). Plasma levels of one-carbon metabolism pathway nutrients in women with Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 53: 1534–1538. doi:10.1002/eat.23292

Dos Santos, R.R.G., Forte, G.C., Mundstock, E., Amaral, M.A., Goecks, S., da Silveira, C.G., Amantéa, F.C., Variani, J.F., Booij, L., & Mattiello, R. (2020). Body composition parameters can better predict body image dissatisfaction than body mass index in Brazilian children and adolescents. Eating and Weight Disorders, 25: 1197–1203. doi:10.1007/s40519-019-00750-4.

Thaler, L., Brassard, S., Booij, L., Kahan, E., McGregor, K., Labbe, A., Israel, M., & Steiger, H. (2020). Methylation of the OXTR gene in women with Anorexia Nervosa: Relationship to social behavior. European Eating Disorders Review, 28: 79–86. doi:10.1002/erv.2703

*Kirkpatrick, R., Munoz, D. Khalid-Khan, S., & Booij, L. (2020). Methodological and clinical challenges associated with biomarkers for psychiatric disease: A scoping review. Journal of Psychiatric Research. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2020.11.023.

*Hayward, D.A., *Pomares, F.B., *Casey, K., *Ismaylova, E., *Levesque, M., *Greenlaw, K., Vitaro, F., Brendgen, M., Dionne, G., Boivin, M., Tremblay, R.E., & Booij, L. (2020). Birth weight is associated with adolescent brain development: a multi-modal imaging study in monozygotic twins. Human Brain Mapping, 41: 5228–5239. doi:10.1002/hbm.25188.

Da Estrela, C., McGrath, J., Booij, L., & Gouin, J-P. (2020). Heart rate variability, sleep quality, and depression in the context of chronic stress. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 55: 155–164. doi:10.1093/abm/kaaa039.

Manchia, M., Booij, L., Wong, J., Zepf, F., & Comai, S. (2020). Neurobiology of violence. In B. Carpiniello, C. Mencacci, & A. Vita (Eds.), Violence and mental disorders. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

*Chiarella, J., *Schumann, L., *Pomares, F.B., Frodl, T., Tozzi, L., Nemoda, Z., Yu, P., Szyf, M., Khalid-Khan, S., & Booij, L. (2020). DNA methylation differences in stress-related genes, functional connectivity and gray matter volume in depressed and healthy adolescents. Journal of Affective Disorders, 271: 160–168. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2020.03.062

Arias, J., Williams, C., Raghvani, R., Aghajani, M., Baez, S., Belzung, C., Booij, L., Busatto, G., *Chiarella, J., Fu, C., Ibanez, A., Liddell, B., Lowe, L., Penninx, B., Rosa, P., & Kemp, A. (2020). The neuroscience of sadness: A multidisciplinary synthesis and collaborative review. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 111: 199–228. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.01.006

Brietzke, E., Booij, L., Wieck, A., Soares, C. N., Roberts, N., & Khalid-Khan, S. (2020). A discussion of potential clinical markers predicting anti-inflammatory treatment response in individuals with major depression. Brain, Behavior and Immunity, 83: 3–4. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2019.08.197

Gouin, J-P., Wrosch, C., McGrath, J., & Booij, L. (2020). Interpersonal capitalization moderates the associations of chronic caregiving stress and depression with inflammation. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 112: 104509. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104509

Publications

2023

Booij, Linda; Israël, Mimi; Ferrari, Manuela; St-Hilaire, Annie; Paquin-Hodge, Chloé; Allard, Melissa; Blaquière, Amélie; Dornik, Julia; Freiwald, Shiri; Long, Shawna A; Monarque, Marika; Pelletier, William D; Thaler, Lea; Yaffe, Miriam; Steiger, Howard

Development of a transdiagnostic digital interactive application for eating disorders: psychometric properties, satisfaction, and perceptions on implementation in clinical practice Article de journal

Dans: J Eat Disord, vol. 11, no 1, p. 146, 2023, ISSN: 2050-2974.

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Steiger, Howard; Booij, Linda; Thaler, Lea; St-Hilaire, Annie; Israël, Mimi; Casey, Kevin F; Oliverio, Stephanie; Crescenzi, Olivia; Lee, Viveca; Turecki, Gustavo; Joober, Ridha; Szyf, Moshe; Breton, Édith

DNA methylation in people with anorexia nervosa: Epigenome-wide patterns in actively ill, long-term remitted, and healthy-eater women Article de journal

Dans: World J Biol Psychiatry, vol. 24, no 3, p. 254–259, 2023, ISSN: 1814-1412.

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Loose, Tianna; Geoffroy, Marie Claude; Orri, Massimiliano; Chadi, Nicholas; Scardera, Sara; Booij, Linda; Breton, Edith; Tremblay, Richard; Boivin, Michel; Coté, Sylvana

Pathways of association between disordered eating in adolescence and mental health outcomes in young adulthood during the COVID-19 pandemic Article de journal

Dans: Can J Public Health, vol. 114, no 1, p. 22–32, 2023, ISSN: 1920-7476.

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2022

Thaler, Lea; Booij, Linda; Burnham, Nuala; Kenny, Samantha; Oliverio, Stephanie; Israel, Mimi; Steiger, Howard

Predictors of non-completion of a day treatment program for adults with eating disorders Article de journal

Dans: Eur Eat Disord Rev, vol. 30, no 2, p. 146–155, 2022, ISSN: 1099-0968.

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Steiger, Howard; Booij, Linda; Crescenzi, Olivia; Oliverio, Stephanie; Singer, Ilana; Thaler, Lea; St-Hilaire, Annie; Israel, Mimi

In-person versus virtual therapy in outpatient eating-disorder treatment: A COVID-19 inspired study Article de journal

Dans: Int J Eat Disord, vol. 55, no 1, p. 145–150, 2022, ISSN: 1098-108X.

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2020

Sansfaçon, Jeanne; Booij, Linda; Gauvin, Lise; Fletcher, Émilie; Islam, Farah; Israël, Mimi; Steiger, Howard

Pretreatment motivation and therapy outcomes in eating disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis Article de journal

Dans: Int J Eat Disord, vol. 53, no 12, p. 1879–1900, 2020, ISSN: 1098-108X.

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Booij, Linda; Steiger, Howard

Applying epigenetic science to the understanding of eating disorders: a promising paradigm for research and practice Article de journal

Dans: Curr Opin Psychiatry, vol. 33, no 6, p. 515–520, 2020, ISSN: 1473-6578.

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Burdo, Jessica; Booij, Linda; Kahan, Esther; Thaler, Lea; Israël, Mimi; Agellon, Luis B; Nitschmann, Evan; Wykes, Linda; Steiger, Howard

Plasma levels of one-carbon metabolism nutrients in women with anorexia nervosa Article de journal

Dans: Int J Eat Disord, vol. 53, no 9, p. 1534–1538, 2020, ISSN: 1098-108X.

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Steiger, Howard; Booij, Linda

Eating Disorders, Heredity and Environmental Activation: Getting Epigenetic Concepts into Practice Article de journal

Dans: J Clin Med, vol. 9, no 5, 2020, ISSN: 2077-0383.

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Thaler, Lea; Brassard, Sarah; Booij, Linda; Kahan, Esther; McGregor, Kevin; Labbe, Aurelie; Israel, Mimi; Steiger, Howard

Methylation of the OXTR gene in women with anorexia nervosa: Relationship to social behavior Article de journal

Dans: Eur Eat Disord Rev, vol. 28, no 1, p. 79–86, 2020, ISSN: 1099-0968.

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2019

Steiger, Howard; Booij, Linda; Kahan, `Esther; McGregor, Kevin; Thaler, Lea; Fletcher, Emilie; Labbe, Aurelie; Joober, Ridha; Israël, Mimi; Szyf, Moshe; Agellon, Luis B.; Gauvin, Lise; St-Hilaire, Annie; Rossi, Erika

A longitudinal, epigenome-wide study of DNA methylation in anorexia nervosa: results in actively ill, partially weight-restored, long-term remitted and non-eating-disordered women Article de journal

Dans: J Psychiatry Neurosci, vol. 44, no 3, p. 205–213, 2019, ISSN: 1488-2434.

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Nguyen, Tuong-Vi; Jones, Sherri Lee; Gower, Tricia; Lew, Jimin; Albaugh, Matthew D; Botteron, Kelly N; Hudziak, James J; Fonov, Vladimir S; Collins, D Louis; Campbell, Benjamin C; Booij, Linda; Herba, Catherine M; Monnier, Patricia; Ducharme, Simon; Waber, Deborah; McCracken, James T

Age-specific associations between oestradiol, cortico-amygdalar structural covariance, and verbal and spatial skills Article de journal

Dans: J Neuroendocrinol, vol. 31, no 4, p. e12698, 2019, ISSN: 1365-2826.

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