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!: Beat's strapline and key messages
To help us be inclusive, forward thinking and clear we want your comments, feedback and thoughts on how Beat talks about what it does and who we are. We want your views and opinions on our strapline and our key messages. Please take just a few moments to complete the survey, see link below, and help shape our future.
Beat's key messages and strapline survey
Eating Disorders International Conference (EDIC) 2014
Beat are hosting the third biennial Eating Disorders International Conference (EDIC) at the Institute of Education in London on 13 - 15 March 2014.
Who should attend?
The conference appeals to all medical and healthcare professionals who are interested in the assessment and treatment of those suffering from eating disorders and who would like to learn more about the very latest developments in this field. These will include: clinicians, academics, professors, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, independent treatment providers and commissioners.
The three day conference comprises of keynote and plenary sessions, workshops, posters, scientific paper sessions and networking opportunities.
Programme topics currently include:
- Classification of eating disorders
- Brain processes in eating disorders
- Eating disorders in males
- Ethical issues arising in the treatment of eating disorders
- Caring for a person with an eating disorder
- Severe and enduring eating disorders
- New technologies
- Ethnicity and eating disorders
- Eating disorders in pregnancy and motherhood
- Attachment theory and eating disorders
To find out more and book your place please visit: www.edic.org.uk
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.
Eating Disorders at University: Gaps in treatment and the student experience
Thanks to everyone who completed the survey about experiences of having an eating disorder at university. This was designed to help us understand more about access to treatment for students with eating disorders and also asked these students what kind of advice they might give to other students (or potential university applicants) with eating disorders. One of the main findings was that a significant number of participants associated stigma and lack of awareness as major barriers to treatment and recovery. As a result of this input, we will be running an awareness raising/anti-stigma campaign in universities around the UK this October. If you would like to find out more and register your interest in taking part in this campaign please click here.
In addition to this campaign, the results of the student survey and any other related output connected to the survey and awareness raising/anti-stigma campaign, will be published on our website.
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 2015. 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: email@example.com
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.