At Beat we recognise the importance of research in achieving our ultimate goal – to beat eating disorders. For us, research represents understanding and knowledge, which are essential tools in our fight against these serious illnesses. To do our part in moving understanding forward, Beat actively supports and encourages research into eating disorders.
Participating in Research
To view some of the eating disorders research we are currently supporting, or to take part in this research yourself, please click here. You can also join our research database if you are interested in receiving email updates about future research opportunities. You can join if you have experience of an eating disorder, either as a sufferer, carer, or professional.
If you would like to view summary of results, reports and publications resulting from the research which has been advertised on our website, and via email to our Research contacts, please click here.
Beat's work with researchers
If you are conducting research at a post-graduate level or above, you could advertise for participants on our website and via our database of contacts. Please click here to find out what we require from researchers before we can support their projects. We are also available on a consultancy basis if your research would benefit from our expertise, including that of our young recovering volunteers. You may also be interested in our Professional Network Membership.
New!: Experience of Stigma
Beat are part of a group led by Dr Rachel Bryant-Waugh, which is carrying out a new research project into the stigma faced by those with eating disorders and their families and carers. This research will explore the forms and consequences of stigmatising attitudes, and seek to design interventions based on the experiences of individuals and their families. To help us learn more about the issues involved we have designed some surveys. One is intended for people who have (or have in the past had) an eating disorder and a separate one is designed for their families or carers. They will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please click on the links below to learn more about this project and to participate.
New!: Eating Disorders International Conference (EDIC) 2014
Beat are hosting their third biennial Eating Disorders International Conference (EDIC) from 13 - 15 March 2014, during Beat's special 25th Anniversary year. The conference will be held at the Institute of Education in London and appeals to all medical and healthcare professionals who are interested in the assessment and treatment of those suffering from eating disorders.
Beat Professional Network Members also benefit from a significant discount at the event. For a full list of the fees, including day rates, please visit the website.
The conference is a three day event, spanning Thursday to Saturday, focussing on the latest developments in the field of eating disorders. For the first time Beat have joined forces with the Academy for Eating Disorders and are co-hosting a half day teaching event on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 March 2014, where delegates will gain an in-depth insight into their chosen subject area during the afternoon.
The teaching day features speakers you won’t have a further opportunity to see together in London in 2014. We have Professor Stephen Touyz and Dr Sloane Madden, both from Sydney, Australia hosting seminars on severe and enduring eating disorders, and neuroscience respectively. We are also joined by Dr Eunice Chen from the United States who will facilitate a session on Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as a novel therapy for eating disorders. These themes are carried forward throughout the three day conference allowing delegates the opportunity to gain a significant understanding of these topics during the event.
The provisional programme outline for EDIC 2014 can be viewed online here, please click the individual dates for more detail on the format of each day. We are privileged to have a programme full of leading eating disorders professionals from across the globe.
Sign up today to update your knowledge of the latest research and developments within the field of eating disorders. We look forward to seeing you in March 2014!
This new survey has been designed by the Helpline team and their funders. Whereas the first survey focussed on opening times, this one will help the team to report back to the funders and to learn more about the positive impact the services have, as well as areas which could potentially be improved. The survey is anonymous and should take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Please click here - www.b-eat.co.uk/get-help/get-support/helpline/helpline-survey/ to complete the survey.
Donate to the Charlotte's Helix Project
Charlotte's Helix is an international collaboration seeking to bring the AN25K genetics initiative to the UK, in honour of the eating disorder advocacy work of Charlotte Bevan.
The goal of Charlotte’s Helix is to add at least 1,000 DNA samples from individuals with a lifetime history of anorexia nervosa in the UK to this international genetics initiative. Under the direction of Professor Cynthia Bulik, AN25K has the ambitious goal of collecting 25,000 DNA samples in order to"crack the code" that makes some people predisposed to an eating disorder. Please click here to find out more about how you can support this important initiative.
Waiting Times research and campaign
Thank you to everyone who completed our recent survey about the experience of waiting times for NHS eating disorders treatment. We had an excellent response rate, with nearly 500 people completing the survey. It asked about the length of time people had to wait for their most recent episode of treatment as well as the impacts of this waiting period. We have just published the findings of this survey. You can view the results here (downloadable pdf).
We have received a wide range of media coverage on this topic and we are encouraging those who would like to campaign with us, to use this research when contacting their local NHS and MP. For more information on the media coverage and campaigning opportunities please click here.
Psychological therapies for Anorexia Nervosa: What works for whom, and does patient choice matter?
Beat is coordinating an exciting research project, in collaboration with Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust investigating the treatment of adults with Anorexia Nervosa. It will develop the evidence-base for treatments by comparing the effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). It will also investigate the influence of patient choice and include sufferers at lower weights than in many previous studies.
This is a five year project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is due to end in 2016. After completion Beat will publicise the findings through various channels including the media, our website, academic journals and conferences.
If you are a professional and would like more information about this (and other Beat research) projects and to be kept up to date, you should register as a Beat Professional Network member. To find out more information and how to complete an application, please click here.
For more information about research at Beat, please email the Research Officer, Jonathan Kelly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We now have a presence on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a social network aimed at professionals and therefore by following our account you can receive updates on the latest research into eating disorders. Click here to take a look at our page, follow us by clicking the 'follow' button on the top right.