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Changing the Way the World Thinks about Eating Disorders

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December 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

Genetic research has encouraged us to think not only about the psychiatric aspects of anorexia nervosa, but also about metabolic factors. Anorexia nervosa can be life threatening and strikes individuals of all genders and backgrounds. Recent advances in genetic research have revealed significant genetic correlations not only with other psychiatric disorders, but also with a broad range of metabolic and anthropometric (body measurement) factors. This work leads us to question whether we could improve outcomes of illness by intervening on both psychiatric and metabolic levels. Dr. Bulik will also introduce the next generation of research, namely the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI).

Presented by:

Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders
Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine
Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
Founding Director, UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders

Moderated by:

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
President and CEO