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Ready, set, go! Destination ICED 2014

Our group is dotting our i’s and crossing our t’s, putting the finishing touches on presentations for the 2014 International Conference on Eating Disorders sponsored by the Academy for Eating Disorders. An academic meeting close to our hearts, this year’s conference is also close to home — we will travel just down the road in New York City from Washington Heights to midtown Manhattan! The theme is “Coming of Age as a Global Field.”

Below is a sneak peek of when and where to find us and what to expect. We know that ICED is a busy conference, filled to the brim with informative talks. If you can’t make it to one of our presentations, we are hosting a sponsor table throughout the conference. Stop by at your convenience — we would love to hear about the work you do and to tell you about our current research studies and treatment resources.

Thursday, March 27th

9AM: Dr. Mayer, 2014 ICED Program Co-Chair, will help kick off the conference.

3:45PM: Drs. Walsh, Sysko, and Glasofer from Columbia, along with Drs. Jennifer Thomas (Harvard University/MGH) and Kelsie Forbush (Purdue University), will facilitate an interactive workshop on feeding and eating disorder assessment, Assessment Tools in the Toolbox: Options for DSM-5.  The presentation will describe commonly used assessments, introduce some novel measures (including one currently under further evaluation at our program), and discuss the integration of technology with assessment as our field “comes of age.”

3:45PM: Dr. Steinglass and colleagues will present on Reduced Resting State Functional Connectivity in Orbital Frontostriatal Circuitry in Patients with Anorexia Nervosa during a scientific paper session. They will explain the purpose of resting state fMRI assessment and review preliminary findings from a pilot study completed at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders on brain circuitry and obsessional processes in individuals with anorexia nervosa and control participants.

3:45PM: Dr. Christina Roberto’s (Harvard University) scientific paper presentation, Eating Loss of Control Scale: Validation and Clinical Correlates in Patients with Eating Disorders will introduce a new self-report measure assessing loss of control eating. She will report on how well the measure fared in a sample of patients with binge eating disorder and in Columbia’s sample of patients with anorexia nervosa.

Friday, March 28th

10:45AM: A workshop on The Neural Correlates of Inhibitory Control Processes in Adolescents with Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa as Targets for Novel Interventions will be facilitated by Dr. Marsh (Columbia University, PI of the Teen Bulimia Study) and colleagues including Drs. Walter Kaye (UCSD), Laura Hill (The Center for Balanced Living), and Nancy Zucker (Duke University). This workshop will provide insight into how brain function might change with clinical treatment for young patients with eating disorders and discuss ways for researchers and clinicians to work together to develop more effective interventions for children and adolescents.

10:45AM: Simultaneously, we will be spearheading a workshop on the team approach aptly named When We Can’t Go It Alone: The Benefits and Dilemmas of Multidisciplinary Treatment Teamwork. Drs. Broft, Raizman, and Attia from Columbia, along with Lori Lieberman RD, MPH (Lieberman and Associates) and Dr. Karen Rosewater (Adolescent-Young Adult Medicine) will lead a dynamic discussion on the complexities of working on a multidisciplinary treatment team in the care of individuals with eating disorders. This workshop will highlight the important contributions of each and every team member and strategies for optimal team communication and decision-making.

4:15PM: Dr. Sysko and colleagues will present results on Impulsivity and Test Meal Intake Among Individuals with Eating and Weight Disorders during a scientific paper session. Based on data collected across several laboratory feeding studies at the Columbia Center for Eating Disorders, Dr. Sysko will describe how measures of impulsivity related to eating behavior in patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa, obese adolescents and adults, as well as normal-weight individuals without any eating disorder.

Saturday, March 29th

3:30PM: From Couch to Table: Eating Behavior and Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa is our group’s final workshop at the conference. Drs. Steinglass, Schebendach and Attia from Columbia, along with Dr. Daniel Le Grange (University of Chicago), will review what is known about eating behavior in individuals with anorexia nervosa and discuss how to use data to guide meal planning in treatment in family based treatment, individual CBT, or nutritional counseling.

Poster Presentations

  • Can eating behavior changes be detected prior to significant weight loss on phentermine? Amanda Joelle Brown PhD, Carla Wolper PhD, Julia Weigel AB, Bjorn Carlsson MD, Rudolph Leibel MD, PhD, B. Timothy Walsh MD, Laurel E.S. Mayer MD
  • Eating Behavior in Outpatients with Anorexia Nervosa. Christine Call AB, Joanna Steinglass MD, Evelyn Attia MD, Laurel Mayer MD, B. Timothy Walsh MD, Janet Schebendach PhD, Amelia Kidd BA
  • Emotion Regulation Difficulties and the Reinforcing Effect of Exercise in Inpatients with Anorexia Nervosa. Loren Gianini PhD, Christine Call AB, Diane Klein MD, Evelyn Attia MD, B. Timothy Walsh MD
  • The (Lack of) Effects of Alprazolam on Anxiety and Food Intake in Anorexia Nervosa. Simona Kaplan BA, Joanna Steinglass MD, Ying Liu MS, Yuanjia Wang PhD, B. Timothy Walsh MD
  • Hippocampal Volume and Memory in Anorexia Nervosa. Lindsay Kenney BA, Francesco Siciliano BA, Jonathan Posner MD, Joanna Steinglass MD, B. Timothy Walsh MD
  • Subcortical Brain Structure in Anorexia Nervosa. Lindsay Kenney, BA, Francesco Siciliano BA, Jonathan Posner MD, Joanna Steinglass MD, & B. Timothy Walsh MD
  • Impulsivity Varies between Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Healthy Controls Based on Performance Results of Reaction Time, Accuracy, Hits, Misses and False Alarms on a Food-Specific Go-No Go Task. Katrina Kostro BA, B.J. Casey PhD, Eve K. Freidl MD, Laurel E.S. Mayer MD, B. Timothy Walsh MD, Julia Weigel AB
  • Measuring of Non-Exercise Physical Activity in Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa and Healthy Volunteers Using Two Monitors. Esther Neustadt BA, Evelyn Attia MD, Kathryn Keegan MD, Christine Call AB, Julia Weigel AB, Diane A. Klein MD, Edward Sazonov PhD, B. Timothy Walsh, MD
  • Habit Learning in Bulimia Nervosa. Kate Terranova BA, Christa D. Labouliere PhD, Eve K. Freidl MD, Kristin W. Klahr MA, B. Timothy Walsh MD, Joanna Steinglass MD, Rachel Marsh MD

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