Heading West for the 20th Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society

Fall brings with it a new cycle of professional conferences and meetings.  Next up is the 20th annual meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS) on October 9-11th in sunny San Diego, CA, “America’s Finest City”.  As usual, our faculty and staff will be busy presenting, moderating and attending talks. Conferences such as this provide wonderful opportunities for colleagues from around the world to exchange ideas and bring each other up to date on the latest research and advancements in the field of feeding and eating disorders.

In contrast to some other professional conferences, which cast a wider net including clinicians, advocates, patients, and researchers alike,  this conference draws from its membership base, meaning the target audience is researchers. Even so, we wanted to keep you updated on our latest research and conference contributions.

Here is a sneak peek of where to find some of our team and how we hope to contribute to the conversation on improved understanding, assessment, and treatment of feeding and eating disorders:


On Friday, October 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Dr. Attia and colleagues from Columbia will present on Physical Activity in Anorexia Nervosa Before and After Weight Restoration as part of a scientific paper session.   Individuals with anorexia nervosa commonly describe engaging in physical activity, but there is limited data regarding the types and amounts of activity associated with this disorder. Using a sophisticated monitor that measures small movements as well as high impact exercise, Dr. Attia and colleagues have examined activity in patients undergoing weight restoration and healthy control participants. Preliminary findings from this study will be presented

On Saturday, October 11 at 1:30pm, there will be a satellite symposium hosted by Dr.  Steinglass. This symposium, titled Toward Exploratory Clinical Novel Interventions for Eating Disorders, is an opportunity for researchers in the field of feeding and eating disorders to think collaboratively about the development of new treatments for these conditions.


Striatal Dopamine (D2) Receptor Binding Potential in Anorexia Nervosa. Allegra I. Broft, Mark Slifstein, Joseph Osborne Paresh Kothari, Simon Morim, Rebecca Shingleton, Lindsay Kenney, Shankar Vallabhajosula, Evelyn Attia, Diana Martinez ,B. Timothy Walsh

Assessment of Ingestive and Noningestive Behaviors in Anorexia Nervosa and Healthy Controls during a test meal. Loren M. Gianini, Nicholas Perez, Simona Kaplan, Joanna Steinglass, Evelyn Attia, B. Timothy Walsh

Neural Correlates of Delayed Discounting in Anorexia Nervosa Pre- and Post-Treatment. Joanna Steinglass, J. Hugo Decker, Bernard Figner, BJ Casey, B. Timothy Walsh

A Paradigm to Assess Food Restriction in Anorexia Nervosa. Joanna Steinglass, Karin Foerde, Katrina Kostro, Daphna Shohamy, B. Timothy Walsh

Stay tuned for a synopsis of meeting highlights when we return!

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