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Largest ever study of eating disorders launches in England

A study aims to recruit at least 10,000 people in England who have experienced an eating disorder at some point in their life to better understand these mental health conditions.

Edgi croppedPartnering with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) BioResource for Translational Research and the eating disorder charity Beat, the Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) will help researchers better understand eating disorders and enable the design of new treatments aimed at improving patients’ lives.

EDGI will help researchers discover new genetic and environmental risk factors associated with these conditions. It will also create a resource of potential study participants who agree to be re-contacted for further research, which could speed up the pace of research into the most under-researched set of psychiatric disorders.

Geneticist and study lead, Prof Gerome Breen, NIHR South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Biomedical Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, commented on the study:

With EDGI, we hope to discover new genetic and environmental risk factors and provide a platform that will increase the amount of research being done in the field. We want to make research into eating disorders faster, cheaper and more effective to meet the desperate need for more effective treatments.

Psychiatrist and clinical lead, Prof Janet Treasure, IoPPN, King’s College London said:

We want to recruit participants across the whole range of eating disorders; we want to understand common risk factors and how to develop both general and specific treatments for these serious and life-threatening conditions.

To read the full story visit the South London and Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre website.

You can read more about how our Behavioural and Developmental Psychiatry Clinical Academic Group aims to diagnose and treat people early so that we can prevent disorders developing, assess and manage risks, and promote recovery and social inclusion.