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Announcing the 2014 Feeding Hope Fund Grant Winners!

Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

NEDA is proud to announce the winners of the Feeding Hope Fund grants, whose innovative research projects will also make progress in the ways we treat eating disorders.

The two winning proposals are Christina Wierenga, Ph.D. and Kerri Boutelle, Ph.D. of the University of California, San Diego and Laura Hill, Ph.D from the Center for Balanced Living, with the proposal titled, "An Innovative Family Based Treatment for Adults with Anorexia Nervosa Using Insights from Neurobiology" and  Joanna Steinglass, M.D., Timothy Walsh, M.D., and Evelyn Attia, M.D., of Columbia University Medical Center, with the proposal titled, "Changing Habits in Anorexia Nervosa: A Novel Approach." The two awardees, who were selected by NEDA’s board of directors and research advisory council, will each receive grants of $100,000.

An Innovative Family Based Treatment for Adults with Anorexia Nervosa Using Insights from Neurobiology

This innovative study aims to develop a treatment for severe anorexia nervosa that targets the core neurobiologically based mechanisms that maintain the disorder to improve eating behavior, reduce symptoms and improve family function for patients and their families. This is a one-year, pilot study which will measure the effectiveness of a novel experiential family-based treatment for adults with anorexia nervosa, integrating neurobiological insights on temperament, cognition and eating.

Changing Habits in Anorexia Nervosa: A Novel Approach

Researchers will develop the Regulating Emotions and Changing Habits (REACH) program. It will directly target maladaptive behaviors in anorexia nervosa. The investigators will finalize the outpatient manual for the REACH program and will also conduct a study comparing REACH with standard clinical management for outpatient treatment. This study focuses on the idea that individuals who develop anorexia have habitual behaviors that they have a hard time changing and researchers plan to develop strategies to deal with these habits. This grant will be administered through the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, the organization responsible for administering and directing the conduct of research carried out by scientists at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, which is part of the department of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

To learn more about the Feeding Hope Fund, you can visit this website.