Anorexia nervosa and autism: a prospective twin cohort study

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Video abstract from Lisa Dinkler on ‘Anorexia nervosa and autism: a prospective twin cohort study’.

Authors: Lisa Dinkler, Mark J. Taylor, Maria Råstam, Nouchine Hadjikhani, Cynthia M. Bulik, Paul Lichtenstein, Christopher Gillberg, Sebastian Lundström
First published: 04 June 2020

Anorexia nervosa (AN) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may be phenotypically and etiologically linked. However, due to the absence of prospective studies, it remains unclear whether the elevation of autistic traits in AN is evident in early childhood. Here, we prospectively investigated autistic traits before and after the first diagnosis of AN.

Lisa Dinkler
Lisa Dinkler

Lisa Dinkler is a psychologist who studied in Jena and Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a full-time PhD student at the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre. Her PhD project investigates the development and course of eating disorders in association to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs), and the mechanisms underlying the overlap of eating disorders and NDDs. Applying twin methodology Lisa studies the extent to which genetic and environmental factors are shared between eating disorders and NDDs. In a large birth cohort of Japanese preschool children she investigates the prevalence and course of a wide range of childhood eating problems, including Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID), and their association with NDDs. Lisa’s research also explores neuropsychological factors underlying the social difficulties common to eating disorders and NDDs with the help of eye-tracking methodology.

Bio via University of Gothenburg

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