Learning and Applying New Skills to Treat the Most Difficult Eating Disorders

San Diego, California
Friday, February 22, 2013
  • Department of Psychiatry


Toward Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Eating Disorders

Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Sunday, October 12, 2014

Learning and Applying New Skills to Treat the Most Difficult Eating Disorders
Friday, February 22, 2013 8:30 AM -
Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
(619) 224-1234
1441 Quivira Road
San Diego, California 92109
United States

Map and Directions

Featuring Speakers:
Hans-Christoph Friederich, MD
Walter Kaye, MD
W. Kyle Simmons, Ph.D.
Angela Favaro, MD, PhD, MSc,
Elizabeth A. Lawson, M.D
Guido K.W. Frank, M.D., FAED

Treatment for eating disorders tends to be of limited efficacy, particularly for individuals with anorexia nervosa.  The lack of a mechanistic understanding of eating disorders has thwarted efforts to develop evidence-based interventions.  New understanding of brain neural circuits, and their relationship to behavior, raises the possibility that such knowledge can be leveraged to improve treatments.   This perspective has been supported by a recent editorial, by Schmidt and Campbell, in the European Eating Disorder Review (2013).  Moreover, a recent NIMH initiative (RFA-MH-15-300 Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders) mandates that future treatment trials follow an experimental medicine approach in which treatments must identify underlying mechanisms that are directly targeted by the intervention to influence symptoms. 

The EDRS will devote a symposium to this topic on Saturday morning, Oct 11, 2014, chaired by Kaye and discussed by Lask.  This symposium “Using Neurobiological Information to Identify Treatment Targets and Improve Outcomes In Individuals with Anorexia Nervosa” will include talks by Guido Frank, Ian Frampton, Walt Kaye, Kate Tchanturia, and Nir Lipsman. 

Because the ED field appears to lag behind other areas of psychopathology, both in terms of the body of knowledge about the brain, as well as applications to treatment approaches, we thought it would be useful to devote more time to this topic by adding satellite sessions on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, Oct 11 and 12, 2014.  The sessions will be chaired by Kaye and Frank.  This will offer several opportunities.  First, more investigators (particularly junior people) will be able to present their data and ideas. The speakers will include Drs. Frank, Steinglass, Simmons, Favaro, Lawson, Friederich.   Second, there will be a keynote address by Mark Chavez from the NIMH on this RFA on a targeted treatment approach. Third, we would like to encourage participation from the EDRS attendees.  Thus there will be ample time for discussions led by expert colleagues (Drs Schmidt, Campbell, Keel, Walsh).   

Finally, we will sponsor a reception on Sat evening for participants.   

The EDRS membership and guests are invited to participate.  We are charging a modest fee to support the food and hotel space.  The satellite will move to the Coronado Marriott Hotel which is about a mile from the Hotel Del Coronado so that staying at either hotel is feasible. 

Research Satellite Symposium: Saturday 10/11/2014

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM



2:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Keynote & Discussions


4:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Coffee Break


4:15PM - 5:30PM

Research Lectures

Research Satellite Symposium: Sunday 10/12/2014

8:30 AM

Continental Breakfast


9:00:00 AM-10:30 AM

Keynote & Discussions


10:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break


10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Research Lectures


Contact Information

  • For questions or for more information, contact Alyson Merchant at (858) 534-9626 or amerchant@ucsd.edu.

Payment Instructions

  • If choosing to pay by check, please make checks payable to UC Regents and mail to:
    ATTN: Alyson Merchant
    4510 Executive Drive, Suite 315
    San Diego, CA 92121
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