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Eating Disorder Study: Request for Participants

Do you ever lose control of your eating or binge eat?

Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry are inviting women with eating disorders (bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging) to participate in a brain imaging study on mood and eating behaviour.

The study involves two visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital: one screening visit, lasting about 4 hours, and one overnight visit, lasting about 36 hours. At the screening, we will collect a blood sample, measure your body composition and ask you some questions about your health history. We will then ask you to collect some saliva samples at home. For the overnight visit, we will ask you to complete some questionnaires, computer tasks, two MRI scans and more blood sampling. Sessions can be scheduled outside of term time.

You will be compensated up to £250 for taking part.

Eligibility criteria for women with symptoms of an eating disorder:

  • Female
  • Right-handed
  • Normal or corrected-to-normal vision
  • 18-40 years old
  • Symptoms of bulimia nervosa or anorexia nervosa with bingeing/purging
  • Body mass index (BMI) below 30 kg/m2
  • No history of brain injury/neurosurgery

If you think you might like to participate, please contact Maggie Westwater for more information:

E-mail: mw658@cam.ac.uk / phone: 01223 465249