Eating Disorders Research Group
The Eating Disorders Research Group aims to find out more about the neurobiological, genetic and psychological causes and consequences of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders, and to use that knowledge to develop new and better treatments.
Research is closely interwoven with clinical services run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), which serves a population of two million people in south-east London and takes specialist referrals from throughout the UK. SLaM’s eating disorder services for adults include out-patient and day care services at the Maudsley Hospital and an inpatient and rehabilitation unit (Step Up to Recovery service) at the Bethlem Royal Hospital in Kent.
Many of the people referred to these services, and their families, participate in the group’s research projects. These projects are often conducted in collaboration with Beat (formerly the Eating Disorders Association), the UK’s leading eating disorders charity.
Our research teams, (based at the IoPPN) are led by Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor Janet Treasure and Dr Kate Tchanturia:
Ulrike Schmidt is a Professor of Eating Disorders and Head of Department for Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN as well as a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).
In addition to her research, she leads SLaM’s outpatient eating disorders services based at the Maudsley Hospital.
Janet Treasure is a Professor of Psychiatry and a consultant psychiatrist who has specialised in the treatment of eating disorders for more than 20 years.
She is chief medical advisor of Beat and is director of SLaM’s inpatient unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.
is a Reader in Psychology of Eating Disorders, Lead Clinical Psychologist in South London and Maudsley NHS Trust adult eating disorder service.
She also leads Women’s Mental Health Module MSc in Mental Health Studies Programme.
For more information about our activities please see below:
Participating in research
Research participants take part in a variety of studies, ranging from brain imaging projects to help researchers find out more about neural circuits in eating disorders, projects searching for genetic factors that influence the development of eating disorders and projects studying the cognitive-emotional and physical consequences of an eating disorder.
The group runs a volunteers database and is always keen to hear from people with experience of an eating disorder as well as healthy volunteers.
Take part in our research
Training for health professionals
Funders of our research include:
- The Medical Research Council
- The Psychiatry Research Trust
- Research into Eating Disorders
- Swiss Anorexia Foundation
- The Department of Health
- SLaM Biomedical Research Centre
- The Health Foundation
- The European Commission
We currently have three projects funded by the European Commission, all of which form part of ICare, a European-wide research project funded by the European Commission, which aims to implement internet-based interventions that prevent mental health problems in different settings across Europe https://www.icare-online.eu/en/icare.html
We organise training for health professionals about treatments for eating disorders in:
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Medical management
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive analytic therapy
- MANTRA (Maudsley Model of Anorexia Treatment for Adults)
- Cognitive remediation therapy
Dates for training courses and other events organised by the Eating Disorders Research Group are posted on the IoPPN's online events listing
Eating Disorders Section
Department of Psychological Medicine
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience
16 De Crespigny Park
London SE5 8AF
Contact: Holly Holman