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The Neuroendocrine Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital is offering a variety of research studies for women with anorexia nervosa. If you are interested in participating, take this brief pre-screening survey.
Research Study: Genetics
This study involves a one-time visit, involving no treatment. This study investigates the genes potentially involved in the development of anorexia nervosa, in hunger and fullness, and in bone loss. We welcome all women who have ever been diagnosed with anorexia nervosa, ages 10 and up. The visit takes about 1-2 hours and involves a blood draw, saliva collection, and a few questionnaires. This study can be done in combination with any of the other studies. The compensation is up to $25.
Research Study: Adult Bone Loss Treatment 
This study involves 10 visits at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) over the course of a year and is evaluating the effects of two different medications on bone density and bone strength in women, ages 18-45, with anorexia nervosa. The two medications being studied are IGF-1 and Actonel. Participants must be receiving estrogen over the course of the study, and a standard oral contraceptive or estrogen patch can be provided through the study. The visits involve bone density scans and CT scans, blood draws and questionnaires. Study participants are compensated up to $600 for this study, as well as travel costs. 
Research Study: Adolescent Bone Loss Treatment 
This study is a 12-month study for girls and women ages 14-21, and is evaluating the effects of IGF-1 treatment on bone density and bone strength in girls and women with anorexia nervosa. Each study participant will receive an estrogen patch and be randomized to receive either IGF-1 or placebo. The visits involve bone density scans and CT scans, blood draws and questionnaires. Participants will be compensated up to $750 for this study, as well as travel costs.
Research Study: Anxiety and Depression Treatment
This study involves 7 visits at MGH over the course of 8 months and is evaluating the effects of a natural hormone treatment therapy on anxiety and depression in women with anorexia nervosa. The hormone being studied is low-dose testosterone and is administered via a transdermal patch. The study increases testosterone levels, which are low in women with anorexia nervosa, within the normal range for healthy women. The visits involve blood draws, questionnaires, a bone density scan, MRI scans, and a CT scan. Participants will be compensated up to $750 for this study, as well as travel costs.
Research Study: GI Symptom Treatment
This study involves 7 visits over 6 weeks and is evaluating the effect of a natural hormone, called ghrelin, on gastrointestinal symptoms in women with anorexia nervosa. The visits involve blood draws, questionnaires, MRIs, and breath tests. Participants will be compensated up to $1000 for this study, as well as travel costs.
Research Study: Bone Imaging
This study involves 4 visits over the course of a year and is evaluating skeletal health in women with anorexia nervosa who are not taking any hormones, including birth control pills. This study involves no treatment. The visits include blood draws, MRI, CT, and bone density scans. The compensation is up to $300 for this study, as well as travel costs.


Research Study: Adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are conducting an NIMH-funded study aimed at understanding brain development in adolescents with Bulimia Nervosa. We are recruiting girls, 12-16 years old, who binge-eat and purge. Participation involves completing interviews, games and puzzles, and an MRI scan. No cost treatment will be provided to girls in need. Compensation (up to $400) will also be provided for participation. The study takes place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive in Manhattan.

For more information, please call our Eating Disorders Clinic at  (212) 543-5739 or visit our website,


Research Study. Participants needed! All may be eligible!
If you are male or female, between the ages of 12-60, either do/or do not have an eating disorder, and is within or seeking treatment. You may be eligible to participate in a study examining the differences in patterns of attention, flexibility in thoughts, and problem solving style over time individuals with/without eating disorders. Participation entails 2 visits for about 3-4 hours each. Participants may receive a small financial compensation and a two page description on their performance.

For more information please call Adrianne Flores from the Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program at (212) 659- 8724.

MSSM IRB Approved 4/18/12 to 4/17/13, PI Tom Hildebrandt; GCO #12-0114

(Posted 11/4/12)


Research Study

If you are Female, between the ages of 12-22 and have never been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. You may be eligible to participate in a study examining the relationship between levels of sex hormones and impulsive/compulsive behaviors in female adolescents/young adults. Study takes place over 2 visits with each lasting approximately 2 hours each

Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.

For more information please contact
Adrianne Flores
Clinical Research Coordinator
TEL: 212-659-8724

MSSM IRB Approved 6/28/12 to 3/1/12, GCO #11-0376

(Posted 11/4/12) 


Binge Eating Treatment Study for Adolescent Girls, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Teens...Do you struggle with any of these?
--Eating when bored
--Eating certain foods despite trying not to
--Eating more than you wanted to

--Are you worried your daughter's eating is out of control?
--Interested in helping her learn more about healthy eating?

If you said yes to any of these, we might be able to help. Contact us to find out if you are eligible for a study of a healthy eating program for 13- to 18-year-old girls. You could receive up to $75 in gift cards for participating.

For more information, please contact Dr. Suzanne Mazzeo, VCU Department of Psychology, at +1-804-827-9211, or at

Principal Investigator: Suzanne Mazzeo, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA


Research Participants Needed – Cornell College Body Dissatisfaction and Eating Disorder Research Laboratory

Our research team is conducting a research study to evaluate autonomic, neuroendocrine, and cognitive function in women with eating disorders compared to women without eating disorders. 

We are recruiting 20 women with eating disorder symptoms (bulimia nervosa) and 20 women without eating disorder symptoms.

Who can participate?
 • Women between the ages of 18-34 who live in Eastern Iowa or surrounding areas (must have transportation to our research laboratory at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA).
• Without a diagnosed medical condition which directly affects autonomic function.
• Not regularly taking medication (except birth control pills) which affects autonomic function.

What is the process?
• Participants will complete an on-line screening survey to see if they meet the inclusion criteria for the full-scale study.
• If admitted into the full-scale study, participants will track their dietary intake and exercise behaviors for 3 consecutive days.
• Participants will have their blood drawn at a LabCorp location in Iowa City, IA.
• Participants’ autonomic function will be assessed via electrocardiogram during exercise and resting conditions at the Cornell College laboratory.  Cognitive reactions to weight-related images, eating and weight-related behaviors, body mass index, waist circumference, body fat percentage, weight, and height will also be assessed.

How will participants be compensated?
• Participants completing the full-scale study will receive $40 in exchange for their participation.
• All participants completing the screening inventory (whether or not they meet the inclusion criteria of the full-scale study) will be entered into a drawing to win one of two gift cards to in exchange for their participation.

This study is being conducted by Melinda Green, PhD, and Jennifer Fagenbaum, PhD. 

If you are interested in participating, please contact Melinda Green at 319-895-4313 or  If you are an eating disorder practitioner in Eastern Iowa and may have clients interested in participating, please forward them this contact information.

(Posted Jan. 19, 2012)


Research Study at Pomona College Seeks Participants

We are looking for women who are currently using disordered eating behaviors to help us out by taking the following survey:

Participants must:
• Be female and over the age of 18
• Have engaged in eating disordered behaviors within the past three months. This includes binge eating, purging, and/or restricting food intake.

Upon completion of the survey, participants will be entered to win a $100 gift card.

The survey should take about half an hour to fill out. This research can help us to better understand why people engage in disordered eating and the various factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders. By participating, you will be helping us to improve treatment options for patients like you.

For more information, please contact Natasha Haradhvala at

The principal investigators of this study are Natasha Haradhvala (Pomona College, 2012) and Jessica Borelli, PhD.

(Posted Jan. 11, 2012)


Research Study at UCSD Seeks Participants

UCSD Eating Disorders Treatment and Research Program is conducting neuroimaging research studies on those recovered from Anorexia and/or Bulimia Nervosa. This research study will help us examine the neurobiology of Eating Disorders. We are seeking women in recovery who are:

• Between ages 18-45
• Maintaining a normal height and weight
• No serious medical problems
• No current medications (birth control ok)

You may receive compensation up to $1250.00 for completion of the studies. We may also be able to provide travel compensation to San Diego. If you have any questions or would like more information please call (858) 534-8031 or email

(Posted Jan. 9, 2012)


Research Study at Mount Sinai School of Medicine Seeks Participants

We need your help to evaluate clinician and patient attitudes towards neurosurgery used to treat Anorexia Nervosa. We are conducting a survey examining the feasibility of using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery in the treatment of Anorexia, and are looking for clinicians who work with eating disorder patients, as well as patients who have received the diagnosis of anorexia nervosa to complete a brief online survey. The survey is completely confidential, and does not ask for any identifying information that might link you to the information you provide. To access the survey, click on the following link and you will be directed to the survey consent page: Thank you in advance for your time, and we greatly appreciate your participation.

This study was reviewed and approved by the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Institutional Review Board on August 15, 2011.

This study is being conducted by Tom Hildebrandt, Psy.D.

(Posted Nov. 22, 2011)


Research Study at The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute Seeks Participants

The purpose of the proposed study is to explore psychotherapeutic practices being used with individuals with eating disorders, particularly AN. The researcher hopes to gain insight as to why certain treatment approaches and conceptualizations are chosen and what correlational factors may contribute to decision making. Another aim of the study is to evaluate providers' perceptions and related clinical experiences of the effectiveness of the chosen interventions in comparison to the published literature and research.

Eligible participants will be:
--Licensed (Master's degree or higher) as a mental health provider; and
--Practicing as a mental health provider for at least two years; and
--At least 10 percent of client caseload (current or within last two years) must consist of individuals with disordered eating

--As a participant you will be asked to provide demographic information, complete an online questionnaire via Qualtrics and participate in an in-depth phone interview with the researcher. The interviews will be audio-recorded.
--The time required for participation in this study will vary for each individual. It is anticipated the questionnaire will take 20-30 minutes to complete, however, you will have as much time as you need to complete as the questionnaire will be self-administered via access to the Internet. The interview will be set for one-hour time slots.

Potential Risks and Benefits:
--Benefits include meaningful and possible important experience in participating in research attempting to bridge the gap between science and practice.
--Risks include outlay of time to participate and potential discomfort in answering personal questions about your work with clients. No physical or sociological risk is expected.
--It is not expected that you will suffer any adverse effects from this study. If that should happen, please contact the researcher or her supervisor. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you experience any difficulty as a result of being in this study.

How is the information I provide protected?
--All information gathered will remain confidential. Questionnaires and transcripts of the interview will be stored in a locked, fireproof safe. After the completion of the study, data will be kept in a locked file cabinet for five years. No names or other identifying information will appear on any of the materials or be associated with any individual data.
--All questionnaire responses, audio recordings and transcripts of interviews will be stored and transferred in a secure and confidential manner. Information will be kept in a secure (key kept only be researcher), fire-resistant lockbox. All data will be subject to the researcher and the research team (including dissertation committee members and coders); however, identifiable data (i.e., name of participant) will be removed by the researcher before distribution to research team for coding procedures. In other words, the data that will be quantitatively analyzed will be de-identified. Identifiable data will be kept separately and securely from any de-identified data.

The researcher will remain after the study has been completed to provide a debriefing. If you have any questions or problems you may contact:

Krystle Jacobsen, MA, Principal Invesitgator
Phone: +1-651-645-5323, ext. 1237

Peter Jaberg, PhD, Principal Supervisor
Phone: +1-417-823-3477

(Posted Sept. 21, 2011)


Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Study at Stanford University Seeking Adult Volunteers

A new Binge Eating Disorder treatment study, at Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, is looking for adult volunteers.

This study compares 2 outpatient, guided self-help treatments for binge eating disorder in adults ages 18-75. The treatments extend over a 4 month period and both consist of 10 group therapy sessions. The first treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and the second is Integrative Response Therapy (IRT; a BED guided self-help treatment based affect regulation theories of binge eating).

Who Can Participate?
--Adults (women and men) ages 18-75 with Binge Eating Disorder
--Must be able to speak and read English
--Must be willing to be randomized to either treatment condition
--Must be able to make a 1.5 year commitment (treatment spans 4 months with three 1-2 hour follow-up assessments)
--No current psychosis, alcohol/drug abuse, or severe depression with suicidal risk.

The treatment is free. The therapy sessions occur at Stanford University, and are typically scheduled weekly or biweekly.
Recruitment efforts will continue over the next 2-3 years.

If you have patients or know anyone whom you believe would be an appropriate fit for this study or would like to ask us some questions please contact Sarah Pajarito by phone at (650) 724-9251, or by e-mail at

Please contact:
Athena Robinson, PhD
Principal Investigator
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94305-5722

(Posted Sept. 9, 2011)


Research Study Recruitment: UCLA Eating Disorders Program and the Body Dysmorphic Research Program

The UCLA Eating Disorders Program and the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Research Program are currently conducting an NIMH-funded study of individuals with anorexia nervosa and those with body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We are interested in understanding common and distinct phenotypes of visual and emotional processing in these disorders using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

The following are the basic inclusion/exclusion criteria for our study:
--13- to 30-year-old females or males with anorexia nervosa or BDD
--May not be on psychotropic medications
--No other Axis I diagnoses such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or substance use disorders
--We will allow those with comorbid depressive disorders or anxiety disorders (other than OCD)

For one arm of the study, we are recruiting anorexics who are underweight (BMI < 17.5) but in treatment, whom we will scan a second time after they are weight-restored (BMI > 18.5). For a second arm of the study, we are recruiting anorexics that are already weight-restored, whom we will compare to the BDD subjects.

The study is conducted by Jamie Feusner, MD; Michael Strober, PhD; and Cara Bohon, PhD.

If you have any questions or would like to refer a patient, please contact Courtney Sheen at (310) 206-0468 or

(Posted Aug. 11, 2011)


Research Study Using MRI to Examine Bulimia Nervosa in Adolescent Girls

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center are conducting an NIMH-funded study aimed at understanding brain development and the development of Bulimia Nervosa.

Who can participate?
--Females, 12-18 years old, who binge-eat and purge
--All ethnic groups

--The study takes place at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Dr, New York, NY

What will happen during the study?
--Participation includes visiting the clinic to complete interviews, games and puzzles, plus an MRI scan.
--Compensation (up to $400) or treatment (free of charge) will be provided for participation.

For more information, please call the Eating Disorders Clinic at +1-212-543-5739 or +1-212-543-6072.


View a complete project summary here.

--Rachel B. Marsh, PhD
--B. Timothy Walsh, MD
--Evelyn Attia, MD