Spring Forward: A Look at the Upcoming Conference Season

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Daylight Savings Time has arrived, yet our team has not lost any time getting ready for the next series of professional conferences this spring. We always look forward to seeing colleagues from the eating disorders community and invite everyone once again to find us at one of our talks or between sessions.

International Conference on Eating Disorders

The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) will be hosting its 25th annual conference in Chicago, IL from April 19th-21st.  The AED is the largest multi-disciplinary professional society in the eating disorders field, with close to 1,700 members from 51 countries. ICED (International Conference on Eating Disorders) is the premier gathering place for professionals and advocates engaged in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. This year’s theme is “Expanding Community Perspective,” and to that end, some of our Columbia team will be presenting the following:

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18th, 2-6pm

UPDATE ON THE NEUROBIOLOGY OF EATING DISORDERS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE will be presented by Laura A. Berner, PhD, Deborah R. Glasofer, PhD, Joanna E. Steinglass, MD, B. Timothy Walsh, MD.  This clinical teaching day talk will cover our current understanding of restrictive eating and altered self-regulatory control in anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, respectively, from a neurobiological perspective. Examples will be provided of how to convey this science to patients and their families, and describe how this type of framework can be used to guide novel interventions.

FRIDAY APRIL 20th, 2-3:30pm

THE INTERPLAY OF CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITIONS AND EATING DISORDERS; IDENTIFICATION AND TREATMENT IMPLICATIONS, presented by the multidisciplinary team of Deborah Glasofer, PhD, Karen Rosewater, MD,  Matthew Shear, MD, and Janet Schebendach, PhD, RD, is a workshop addressing the interaction of medical conditions including diabetes, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, and gastroesophageal reflux disease with a range of feeding and eating disorders including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, ARFID, and rumination disorder. Identification of these conditions, and the challenges in proper diagnosis, patient education, and treatment adaptations, will be highlighted.

Our colleagues from the Western New York Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders will also be presenting on Friday, April 20th on a very exciting initiative:  Project ECHO® Eating Disorders: Connecting Primary Care, College Health, and Behavioral Health Providers to Eliminate Eating Disorders. Mary Tantillo, PhD, PMHCNS-BC, FAED, and Richard Kreipe, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, from University of Rochester Medical Center will present an innovative telementoring model designed to enable local health care professionals to provide best-practice care for patients with eating disorders in their community.  This model can reduce health care disparities, variations in health care delivery, and acute care costs due to earlier recognition of illness and quicker referral and intervention.

SATURDAY APRIL 21st, 11:15am-12:45pm

FOOD EXPOSURE: THREE DIFFERENT APPROACHES IN THE TREATMENT OF EATING DISORDERS will be described in a workshop by Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD, Julia Cassidy, MS, RDN, and Deborah Glasofer, PhD.  The multidisciplinary team of presenters will discuss three distinct but related approaches to exposure therapy, including their different rationales, evidence base, and application to specific cases.

Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association

“Building Well-Being Through Innovation” is this year’s theme for The American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting taking place from May 5-9th in our hometown, NY, NY.

TUESDAY MAY 8th, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Once again, Evelyn Attia, MD will be directing a course: EATING DISORDERS AND OBESITY FOR THE GENERAL PSYCHIATRIST. Clinical and research updates will be provided by our team. B. Timothy Walsh, MD will offer an overview of the diagnosis and evaluation of eating disorders. Evelyn Attia, MD will present evidence-based medication treatments for these conditions. Deborah Glasofer, PhD will discuss psychological treatments for adults with eating disorders and will present clinically useful tools from manualized treatments such as cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Michael Devlin, MD will speak about the psychological assessment and treatment of patients with obesity, and Janet Schebendach, PhD, RD will discuss nutritional management for eating disorders and obesity. We are delighted to be joined by a number of colleagues for this teaching day, including Angela Guarda, MD, (speaking on: when to use a higher level of care: treatment planning for individuals with eating disorders), Katherine Loeb, PhD (speaking on: early identification and psychological treatments in children and adolescents with eating disorders, including family based treatment), Judith Korner, MD, PhD (speaking on: medical treatment of obesity), and Robyn Sysko, PhD (speaking on: pre-surgical assessment and post-surgical management of the bariatric surgery patient).

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9th, 10-11:30AM

Joanna Steinglass, MD, Deborah Glasofer, PhD and Blair Uniacke, MD will present NEW APPROACHES TO AN OLD PROBLEM: TARGETING EATING BEHAVIOR TO IMPROVE OUTCOMES IN ANOREXIA NERVOSA. They will discuss obsessionality, a commonly observed feature of anorexia nervosa, and relate this psychological feature to actual eating behavior, as well as to prognosis. Then they will describe two behavioral approaches (Exposure Therapy and Response Prevention; Regulating Emotions and Changing Habits) that have been adapted to modify eating behavior in anorexia nervosa.

Conference Posters

  • Obsessions, Compulsions and Dietary Fat: Prognostic Implications in Anorexia Nervosa, Blair Uniacke, MD, Janet Schebendach, PhD, RD, B.T. Walsh, MD, Seanjoo Lee, PhD, Jonathan Posner, MD, Joanna Steinglass, MD – on view at ICED and APA
  • The Impact of Weight Suppression on Bone Health in Bulimia Nervosa, Pantea Farahmand, MD, Paula Tabares, MD, Haley Davis, BA, Adi Cohen, Laurel Mayer, MD – on view at ICED
  • Effect of Initial Cognitive and School Functioning on Weight Loss among Adolescents Receiving Bariatric Surgery, Maribel Plasencia, BA, Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD, Michael J. Devlin, MD, Jeffrey L. Zitsman, MD, Timothy Walsh, MD, Robyn Sysko, PhD – on view at ICED
  • Effect of Weight Restoration on Neural Networks Associated with Rumination in Anorexia Nervosa, by Blair Uniacke, MD, Yun Wang, PhD, Seonjoo Lee, PhD, Jonathan Posner, MD and Joanna Steinglass, MD – on view at the meeting of The Society of Biological Psychiatry, which will take place May 10-12th after the APA

Yes – we continue to be busy! We look forward to hearing about your work and to answering your questions about ours soon.

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