Conferences in the age of COVID: Fall Roundup 2020

What a difference a year makes! Fall is routinely a very busy conference season, with our team traveling, presenting, and attending many professional conferences. This year, while travel and large gatherings are restricted due to COVID precautions, our team continues to share their activities with colleagues in the virtual formats designed by conference hosts. The silver lining of course is that those who may have not been able to attend a particular conference in the past can now participate safely from their chosen environment, and often at their choice of time. So, look for our team at the following venues!

The Eating Disorders Research Society (EDRS) is holding its annual meeting Monday Oct 12th-Friday October 16th. Post-doctoral fellow Kelsey Hagan shared work completed during her time at Stanford and in collaboration a UCSF-based team, including colleagues N. Datta, A. L’Insalata, B. Matheson, A. Onipede, S. Mondal, S. Gorrell, C. Bohan, D. LeGrange and J. Lock, during a parallel paper session on Monday, October 12th, titled Understanding Response to Family-Based Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa: A Network Approach.

Poster sessions can be viewed on demand, and our team has several to share:

  • Eating Disorders Education for All: An Online Course for Health Professional Students. Evelyn Attia, Deborah Glasofer and Nikki Pagano introduce preparED, an innovative educational initiative for clinicians of tomorrow. This work was made possible by a grant from New York State and is designed to help health professionals gain a greater understanding of and comfort with eating disorders.
  • Covid-19 Stressors and Resilience Behaviors in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa by Kelsey Hagan, Maya Dalack, Chanel Powell. Joanna Steinglass, Isabel Ghisofi and Jonathan Posner. Here our team presents some of what we have learned so far about the impact of COVID-19 on participants in our ongoing Teen Study.
  • Longitudinal Assessment of Neural Circuits in Adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa: Preliminary Behavioral Findings highlights more work done as part of our ongoing Teen Study by E. Caitlin Lloyd, Karin Foerde, Jonathan Posner, Joanna Steinglass.
  • Learning from Gain and Loss: Feedback Learning in Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa rounds out our poster offerings about teens with anorexia nervosa. This project is presented by Blair Uniacke, Karin Foerde, Jonathan Posner, Joanna Steinglass. 
  • The Effects of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) on Food Choice in Anorexia Nervosa: A Pilot Study describes initial findings from our study using this unique modality adapted for eating disorders. This poster is authored by Alexandra F. Muratore, Mariya Bershad, Karin Foerde, Joanna E. Steinglass, Evelyn Attia, Allegra Broft. 
  • Time Course of Relapse Following Acute Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa provides important information about what happens for adults with anorexia nervosa following hospitalization, shared by B. Timothy Walsh, Tianchen Xu, Yuanjia Wang, Evelyn Attia, Allan S. Kaplan

Next up, the Renfrew Foundation will host its annual conference (virtually as well). Their sessions may be viewed any time between November 13th-December 14th. Our team will be represented by Deborah Glasofer and Joanna Steinglass teaching Principles and Practice of Eating-Related Exposure for Restrictive Eating Disorders. This is an advanced level course eligible for CEs, and will review principles of exposure therapy for anorexia nervosa and ARFID, provide case examples, and introduce future directions in behaviorally-based treatment development.

The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) will host its virtual conference November 19th-22nd. On Friday, November 20th from 5-6:30pm, Deborah Glasofer will participate in a live Research and Professional Development Panel titled Crafting a Message for the Masses: A Primer on Using Blogs and Twitter to Disseminate Cognitive Behavioral Science Online. Other panel participants include Andres De Lose Reyes (University of Maryland), Carmen McLean (National Center for PTSD), and Ilana Seager van Dyk (The Ohio State University).

Finally, on December 4th, along with our colleagues across the state that form the Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders, we will host a virtual teaching day, Eating Disorders in Young Adults: Unique Challenges and Effective Solutions. High school and college counselors, coaches, dieticians, and others who come in contact with this age group will hear from experts along with those with lived experience…more on that to follow.

Mark your calendars, turn on your devices, and get ready to engage!

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