By Professor Cynthia M. Bulik
Keynote address at the ANZAEd 2016 conference: Christchurch – Friday 26 August, 2016
Professor Bulik will provide an up-to-the-minute update on global initiatives to discover genes that influence risk for Anorexia Nervosa. Over twenty countries around the world, including Australia and New Zealand, are involved with the Eating Disorders Workgroup of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. 2017 promises to be a banner year for eating disorders genomics as nearly 20,000 new samples will be genotyped. In this keynote, she will reveal the first genome-wide significant “hit” for Anorexia Aervosa and discuss clinical implications and future directions for the genomics investigations of all eating disorders. She will also discuss unexpected and intriguing genetic correlations with other psychiatric and medical conditions, which underscore the importance of considering metabolic factors in understanding Anorexia Nervosa. In the second part of her talk, she will discuss novel research into the role of the intestinal microbiota in Anorexia Nervosa and how work in that area may inform clinical interventions that improve the experience of re-nourishment and recovery for patients
Cynthia M Bulik
Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Director of the UNC Centre of Excellence for Eating Disorders, and Co-Director of the UNC Centre for Psychiatric Genomics. She is also Professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden.
A clinical psychologist by training, Dr Bulik has been conducting research and treating individuals with eating disorders since 1982. She received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed internships and post-doctoral fellowships at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA and developed treatment services for eating disorders both in New Zealand and in the United States. Her research includes treatment, laboratory, epidemiological, twin, and molecular genetic studies of eating disorders and body weight regulation. She has active research collaborations throughout the United States and in over twenty countries around the world. She has published over 460 papers and chapters on eating disorders and is author of six books, including Crave: Why You Binge Eat and How to Stop, The Woman in the Mirror, and Midlife Eating Disorders: Your Journey to Recovery. Dr Bulik is a recipient of the Eating Disorders Coalition Research Award, the Hulka Innovators Award, the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership Award for Research, the Price Family National Eating Disorders Association Research Award, the Carolina Women’s Centre Women’s Advocacy Award, the Women’s Leadership Council Faculty-to-Faculty Mentorship Award, the IAEDP
Honorary Certified Eating Disorders Specialist Award, the František Faltus Award from the Czech Psychiatric Society, and the AED Meehan/Hartley Award for Advocacy.
Dr Bulik is past President of the Academy for Eating Disorders, past Vice-President of the Eating Disorders Coalition, past Associate Editor of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Founding Chair of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders.