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NEDA announced the first recipients of the Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research & Training grant at the 2013 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Totaling $400,000, the two grants were given to Daniel Le Grange, PhD and Denise Wilfley, PhD with an eye on utilizing technology to improve treatment for eating disorders.

 In this post, Dr. Wilfley talks more in depth about her project, Harnessing Technology for Training Clinicians to Deliver Interpersonal Psychotherapy :

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EATING DISORDERS ARE FAMILY DISORDERS

Eating disorders are family disorders. Keynote speaker at this year’s National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Dr Thomas Insel, spoke from the heart.

The Federal government shutdown meant he could not speak as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) so Dr Insel, the father of two children born in the late 1970s, spoke as a parent.

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As always, the first day of the conference was full of informative and inspirational presentations by all of our speakers, but this year's general sessions had a notable proactive tenor to them - they challenged all of us to move forward and grow as a field.

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An article released today in the journal Pediatrics documents that a significant number of all who present for eating disorder (ED) treatment—nearly half, or more in some studies—were formerly classified as overweight or obese. 

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Calling all sufferers of anorexia – help researchers find a cure!

If you have suffered anorexia nervosa at any point in your life, researchers want to hear from you. Why? Because you are in the hot seat to help find find the cause and a cure.

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Later this month, the American Psychiatric Association will release its new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In an article on May 6, 2013, the New York Times  reported that Dr. Thomas R.

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In February, University of California - San Diego held a conference on the translation of new eating disorders research into innovative treatment approaches. One of the highlights of the conference was Dr. Walter Kaye, Director of the UCSD Eating Disorders program discussing:

“When Good Traits Go Bad: Clues to More Effective Treatments for Eating Disorders”

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More Than 90% of Every Dollar Raised in Major Gift Campaign Will Support Clinical Research and Training

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As we kick off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013, we are excited to announce the release of the Collegiate Survey Project, Eating Disorders on the College Campus: A National Survey of Programs and Resources. The study was launched in response to the volume of requests NEDA receives for information about eating disorder-related services on campuses, as the rate of eating disorders among college students has risen to 10 to 20 percent of women and four to 10 percent of men.

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So often, it is difficult to bridge the gap between the research community and families that are affected by eating disorders, as many families aren’t getting the information they need to make informed decisions about treatment options. With that in mind, NEDA is beginning a series of blog entries on eating disorders research. It is our hope that these updates will bring new information to families from the academic research community.

I will try and focus on “what’s new and what’s true” with a minimum of professional jargon.

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