Changing the Way the World Thinks About Eating Disorders

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Changing the Way the World Thinks About Eating Disorders

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).

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Presented by 
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D.
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

Co-Director, UNC Center for Psychiatric Genomics

2017 Distinguished Investigator Grant

Moderated by
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D.
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host and executive producer of the series. The program, broadcast nationwide, is available online, and focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein served as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association from 2012 - 2023.

Dr. Borenstein is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and serves as the Chair of the Section of Psychiatry at the Academy. He also has served as the President of the New York State Psychiatric Association. Dr. Borenstein earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard and his medical degree at New York University.