Conference Roundup: Fall & Winter 2021

Summer is winding down, and conference season is gearing up for us. Once again, COVID’s influence is apparent. Many organizations and associations are maintaining fully virtual events, while others are choosing a hybrid approach. We suggest this year, more than ever, regularly checking the appropriate websites for detailed information, as last-minute changes may occur.

September 17-19:

The 27th Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society will bring together researchers from around the globe who are interested in anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder, ARFID, and other kinds of eating problems.

While initially planned as a hybrid conference, with Boston as the on-site option, conference organizers issued the following statement in mid-August: “For the safety of our attendees and in consideration of our international members, this year’s meeting has transitioned to an online/virtual event. Using a combination of online platforms, we will still be able to deliver the same educational content in a live session format with the added-bonus of on-demand access to session recordings for 30 days following the event. Please be sure to join us LIVE online September 17th-19th.”   

This year’s theme is Leveraging Multidisciplinary Collaboration to Enhance Translational Discovery in Eating Disorders.

Some of our team you will “see” there:

  • Postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Hagan, PhD, along with co-authors (Drs. Lloyd, Xue, Foerde, Steinglass and Walsh), will present a poster, “Differences in food-based decision making in individuals with and without binge eating.” 
  • Psychologist and faculty member, Lisa Ranzenhofer, PhD, will give an oral presentation on her work with Columbia colleagues, Caitlin Lloyd, B. Timothy Walsh, and B. Hope Kim, and collaborators from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, titled “Shifted autonomic indices prior to loss-of-control eating: A possible biomarker.”(Saturday, September 18, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm)
  • Postdoctoral fellow Caitlin Lloyd, PhD, will also give a talk, representing work she and colleagues Karin Foerde, PhD, Alexandra Muratore, PhD, Jonathan Posner, MD, Joanna Steinglass, MD, Natalie Aw, MS and David Semanek BA did on “Structural Connectivity Within Frontostriatal and Frontolimbic Brain Circuits in Anorexia Nervosa.” (Saturday, September 18, 5:00 pm-6:30 pm)

October 20:

The Academy for Eating Disorders, AED, is sponsoring a webinar: Principles and Practice of Eating-Related Exposure and Response Prevention for Restrictive Eating Disorders, which will be presented by two of our faculty members, Deborah R. Glasofer, PhD and Joanna Steinglass, MD.

November 12:

The Body Image and Related Disorders/National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) is an initiative of the Australian government dedicated to developing and implementing a nationally consistent, evidence-based system of care for the prevention and treatment of eating disorders. NEDC synthesizes research evidence, clinical expertise and lived experience in national standards and workforce initiatives to build an effective, equitable and accessible system of care for all Australians. Psychiatrist Joanna Steinglass, MD  will deliver the keynote address for this free, virtual event: Translational research from mechanism to treatment in anorexia nervosa.

November 18-21:

The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Annual Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans in a hybrid format. This year’s theme is Promoting Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and Science in the Context of Public Health, Social Justice, Policy, Research, Practice, and Training.

A team from Columbia University Irving Medical Center will present, “CopeColumbia: Rapid development and deployment of an evidence-based program of support for health care workers during COVID-19.” A panel discussion (day and time TBD) hosted by the Columbia’s Center for Eating Disorders Deborah R. Glasofer, Ph.D. will include Anne Marie Albano, ABPP, Ph.D., Colleen Cullens, Ph.D., Patrice K. Malone, M.D., Ph.D., Laurel Mayer, M.D., and Claude A. Mellins, Ph.D. Dr. Mayer serves in a leadership role for CopeColumbia, and our Center’s Dr. Glasofer and Dr. Michael Devlin are CopeColumbia team members.

December 3:

The Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders (CCCED) will host a virtual conference: Managing the Complexities of Eating Disorders. Along with our collaborators across the state, our expert presenters will address comorbidities, effects of COVID on eating disorders, atypical anorexia nervosa and more. There will be breakout sessions offering in depth exploration of several topics as well. Registration information and more details will be sent later in the fall.

December 5-8:

At the 60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, postdoctoral fellow Kelsey Hagan, Ph.D., along with her co-author C. Bohon will present a poster on “Neural incentive processing of monetary reward in womenwith and without binge eating.”

This is just a brief overview of many educational opportunities that will be available in the next few months – there will be lots to attend and lots to learn, either in-person or remotely. So, mark your calendars, register and get ready for a fall and winter of education and connection with colleagues.

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