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Bringing together science, arts and lived experience to shape a new approach to eating disorders

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Join us to celebrate the launch of the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders at King's College London, and discover research from the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre's Theme in Eating Disorders and Obesity.

Our ambition is to be the leading clinical research group for eating and weight disorders worldwide and to use our expertise across different disciplines and lived experience to achieve a step-change in eating disorders research, innovation and training to revolutionise care for patients and families.

This event will feature talks from the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders, NIHR Maudsley BRC and friends on our scientific discoveries, impacts and ongoing work.

Explore art installations, listen to live music with Dr Hubertus Himmerich, and engage in a range of activities, workshops and conversations, focusing on how to shape a new approach to eating disorders.

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Talks, Morning: 09:30 - 12:30 (ORTUS Connect)

9:30 Welcome from Professor Matthew Hotopf CBE, Executive Dean of IoPPN and Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Professor of Eating Disorders and Director of the Centre for Research on Eating and Weight Disorders at King’s College London

9:45 Professor Ulrike Schmidt - 150 years of eating disorders research in South London: Building on our heritage to scale new heights

10:00 Recognising and Reducing Risk

  • Professor Sylvane Desrivières - Multi-model risk factors for eating disorders: evidence from the IMAGEN and ESTRA cohorts
  • Professor Gerome Breen – World-wide and genome-wide genetic studies reveal complex metabolic and psychiatric origins of all eating disorders
  • Professor Sandrine Thuret - Mindful Nourishment: Exploring the Diet-Mental Health Connection through Adult Hippocampal Neurogenesis

10:45 Morning break (30 minutes, refreshments provided)

11:15 Improving Access to Treatment for Patients and Families

  • Dr Karina Allen - Freeing up young people and services from the burden of eating disorders: FREED and FREED-M
  • Dr Helen Sharpe - The future is personalised: using big data to identify targets for prevention and early intervention in the EDIFY programme
  • Dr Julian Baudinet – Transdiagnostic traits, treatment mechanisms and future directions in child and adolescent eating disorder treatment development
  • Professor Janet Treasure - Working with and for Carers

12:15 Novel Ways of Understanding and Sharing Lived Experience

  • Ruth Knight and Sarah Ticho – Disordered eating in marginalised communities: how can VR help us explore these experiences

Lunch and Activities: 12:30 - 15:00 (ORTUS Mezzanine, Adamson)

  • Live Interactive Mural by Woven Ink
  • Live Music: Blues with Dr Hubertus Himmerich
  • Pop-Up Workshop: Glasgow School of Arts
  • Virtual Reality Body Mapping
  • The Sound of Eating Disorders
  • FREED (First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders) Animated films and artwork
  • Science Stalls presented by researchers working across a range of eating disorders and obesity specialisms and studies

[Please note lunch is not provided.] The ORTUS Cafe provides a range of lunch options, including hot food, salads and sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drinks.

 Talks, Afternoon: 15:00 - 17:00 (ORTUS Connect)

15:00 Working with Multi-Morbidity and Complexities

  • Dr Marietta Stadler - The T1DE is coming in
  • Professor Valeria Mondelli - The role of inflammation in the vicious cycle between obesity and depression
  • Professor Fiona Gaughran - Inpatient Mental Health stays – a golden opportunity for physical health
  • Professor Kate Tchanturia - PEACE nationally and internationally

16:00 Afternoon break (10 minutes)

16:10 Precision treatments

  • Dr Valentina Cardi - The use of virtual reality for treatment innovation in eating disorders
  • Dr Hubertus Himmerich - New drug therapies
  • Professor Iain Campbell - Current treatments of eating disorders: Non-invasive Neuromodulation

Concluding remarks: Professor Gráinne McAlonan, NHR Maudsley BRC Interim Director

Drop-in event

You are welcome to attend some parts of the event if you would like to, or the full day; talks and lunchtime actvities are open to all. We would just ask that if you are planning to attend the talks to come and go during the breaks.

The ORTUS Cafe is suitable for working, studying or meeting people, with free WiFi and plenty of places to plug in a laptop.

Audience profile

This event is for researchers, clinicians, service users, people with lived experience, carers, family members, stakeholders and any members of the public interested in finding out more about the research and treatment of eating disorders.

About the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders (CREW)

The Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders (CREW) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London, 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, which serves a population of two million people in south east London and takes specialist referrals from throughout the UK. South London and Maudsley's eating disorder services for adults include outpatient 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.

Read more about CREW

About the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre's Eating Disorders and Obesity theme

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre's (BRC) theme in Eating Disorders and Obesity is building on the successful development of early interventions and new therapies to make them more tailored and scalable.

The BRC takes a joined-up approach to eating disorders and obesity, working with the overlap in the mechanisms that underlie them, such as those involved in appetite; the factors that influence them, such as genetics and societal demands; and the behaviours that maintain them. This allows researchers to identify and evaluate the most promising shared and unique targets for new therapeutic approaches.

The theme takes a life-course perspective to account for the long-term and fluctuating nature of eating disorders and obesity. Building on expertise in complex interventions for mental health, the BRC is developing novel ‘brain-directed’ neurocognitive and neuromodulation approaches such as transcranial magnetic stimulation.

In the digital sphere, BRC researchers are developing online/app-based and virtual/augmented reality approaches.

By combining multiple perspectives from lived experience, clinical and academic expertise, researchers are co-creating precise interventions that are specific to the stage of the illness and have potential to be scalable and valuable to the NHS.

Read more about NIHR Maudsley BRC

At this event


Clinical Psychologist

Gerome Breen IoPPN

Professor of Psychiatric Genetics

Senior Research Fellow


Clinical Psychologist, Research

Professor Sylvane Desrivieres

Professor of Biological Psychiatry

Event details

Connect, Adamson, Mezzanine
ORTUS Learning and Events Centre
ORTUS, 82-96 Grove Ln, Camberwell, London SE5 8SN