This one-day conference brings an outstanding line up of speakers who are world-renowned practitioners, clinicians and researchers in the area of eating disorders in young people. Their talks will focus on topics that draw on up-to-date research and practice innovation, including: translating basic neuroscience into clinical practice in anorexia nervosa, treatment for anorexia nervosa and for avoidant and restrictive food intake disorder, and the role of the voluntary sector in treatment and prevention of eating disorders.
About the speakers:
Professor Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, University of Aachen Germany
“From basic research to clinical treatment in adolescent anorexia nervosa – the benefit of looking both ways”
Professor Herpertz-Dahlmann is a Psychiatrist and Clinical Director of the University Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy of Childhood and Adolescence, and Medical Professor at the RWTH University (Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule), Aachen, Germany. She has been a board member and former President of the German Society of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, and a board member of the German Society for Eating Disorders. She has an internal authority in the field of eating disorders, especially for research on day patient treatment of anorexia nervosa, published in The Lancet, January 2014. She also has broader research interests in neuropsychiatric disorders such as early trauma, autism and conduct disorders.
Dr Dasha Nicholls, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
“Standardising care for young people with Eating Disorders: is it feasible or desirable?”
Dr Nicholls completed her medical training in London and psychiatry training in Eastbourne and at UCL, before moving to Great Ormond Street to specialise in Child Psychiatry. She was a research fellow and clinical lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, completing a doctorate on aspects of growth and development in early onset eating disorders, before taking up the role of lead for the Feeding and Eating Disorders service in 2001.
She has written national guidelines on the management of eating disorders in young people and is President-Elect of the Academy for Eating Disorders. She has published research, book chapters and reviews on a number of areas to do with feeding and eating problems in young people.
Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh, Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
“Managing Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder in young people”
Dr Bryant-Waugh is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and Joint Head of the Feeding and Eating Disorders Service, and Lead Psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (DCAMH). She is recipient of the British Psychological Society’s May Davidson Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of childhood eating disorders. Her research interests include the development of targeted, disseminable interventions relevant to feeding and eating disorders in children, the classification of childhood feeding and eating disorders, factors impacting on the outcome of treatment for eating disorders, assessment and management of parental anxiety, and supporting pregnant women and new mothers with eating disorders.
Andrew Radford, CEO of BEAT
“The changing role of the charity sector – how BEAT helps more people get help with their eating disorder faster”
Andrew Radford has been Chief Executive of Beat, the UK’s Eating Disorders Charity, since July 2015. He was previously CEO of the charity Voice, campaigning for the rights of children in care. He has worked in a variety of roles over 16 years for UNICEF UK, starting with 10 years leading an accreditation-based programme to improve NHS support for new mothers’ feeding decisions, followed by short stints as Communications and Fundraising Director before a final period as Strategy Director.
Professor Ulrike Schmidt, Maudsley Hospital, London
“Early interventions in eating disorders - an adult psychiatrist’s perspective”
Ulrike Schmidt, MD PhD FRCPsych is Professor of Eating Disorders at King’s College London (KCL). She has published some 350 peer-reviewed papers and 90 other publications on eating disorders, including text books, chapters, patient manuals, and web-based treatment or training packages. A key focus of her research has been on experimental therapeutics, i.e. development of interventions as probes of disease mechanisms as well as tests of efficacy. This has included development of brief scalable psychological treatments for eating disorders and use of novel ‘brain-directed treatments’, such as non-invasive neuromodulation approaches. She is the recipient of an NHS Award for Innovative Service Delivery, the AED Leadership Award for Clinical, Educational and Administrative Services, the KCL Supervisory Excellence Award and the Hilde Bruch Award for Outstanding Achievements in Eating Disorders Research and Treatment.
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