The launch of
the Centre for Research in Eating and Weight Disorders (CREW) hosted on
November 7th, 2023, at King’s College London’s Institute of
Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), brought together researchers,
clinicians, artists, lived experience experts, and more, to explore current
research in the eating and weight disorder field and its translation into
evidence-based treatments. The event featured EDIFY researchers, investigators,
and members of the Youth Advisory Board from across Work Streams sharing
updates about the ongoing studies.
After a warm
welcome from Professor Matthew Hotopf, Executive Dean of the IoPPN, the day
kicked off with an introduction from Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Director of CREW
and Principal Investigator of EDIFY, who delved into the history and
development of eating disorder research, highlighting IoPPN’s global leadership
in the field.
The morning continued
with talks around Recognizing and Reducing Risk. Professor Sylvane
Desrivières, of EDIFY Work Stream 2, gave an overview of the projects and
analyses ongoing in her group, and discussed the use of large cohort datasets,
such as IMAGEN and ESTRA, to identify biological markers of eating disorders
and understand how different factors may influence illness development and
progression. The second session showcased research on Improving Access to
Treatment. EDIFY co-investigator, Dr Karina Allen, spoke about the national
rollout of FREED, an early intervention service aimed at providing fast access
to specialized treatments for young people with eating disorders. Next, EDIFY
Co-Principal Investigator, Dr Helen Sharpe, shared insights from Work Streams 3
and 4, the STORY study. The talk highlighted the interesting use of remote
measurement technology – RADAR apps and Oura smart rings- to deeply profile
individuals with eating disorders, with minimal invasiveness, using the data to
deepen understandings of illness progression and recovery trajectories. Finally,
EDIFY investigator Professor Janet Treasure discussed the provision of training and resources
to carers of eating disorder patients, designed alongside those with lived experience.
The lunch break
featured an array of captivating stalls, where attendees could learn more about
the diverse work being conducted across the university and collaborating
institutions. EDIFY Work Stream 1 researchers from Glasgow School of Art, Ms
Sneha Raman and Dr Tara French, hosted a pop-up engagement stall focusing on
expressing and visualising diverse experiences of living with an eating
disorder. Stalls from the EDGI, ESTRA, and STRATIFY cohorts shared updates from
their ongoing projects and provided further insights into the plethora of data
used in Work Stream 2 analyses. The STORY study stall allowed attendees to test
out the RADAR app and try on an Oura ring, whilst Work Stream 5’s stall, gave
an overview of the upcoming RaISE neuromodulation trial and a chance to win a
prize playing “Pin the Neuromodulation Coil on the Brain”.
talks explored Working with Multi-Morbidity and Precision Treatments.
Professor Iain Campbell presented ongoing work using non-invasive
neuromodulation techniques, notably, the intermittent theta burst stimulation
trial of Work Stream 5, RaISE.
The CREW showcase provided fascinating insights into the cutting-edge research and collaboration shaping the eating and weight disorder field. Thank you to all those who came and enjoyed the launch event with us. If you are interested in watching the presentations from EDIFY researchers or any of the other fantastic speakers, a full recording of the event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMu1IiDBOHHA3Bae9-zC8_jXKNR7nNcWD.
Photography: Nathan Clarke Photography
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