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EDIC keynote speakers announced!

We’ve announced the keynote speakers for 2020’s Eating Disorders International Conference! Will you be joining us in Glasgow on 18 and 19 March? If you book before the end of this month, you can get 10% off your ticket to the full conference!

Join us and you can hear Professor Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann present on alternatives to hospital treatment for anorexia. In her exciting keynote, she’ll hypothesise that “coaching in the real world” and direct support for carers is a more effective form of treatment for children and adolescents than sustained hospital treatment, preventing the eating disorder from becoming as ingrained and leading to a smaller chance of relapse.

In Professor Jon Arcelus’ keynote on eating disorders and LGBTQ+ people, he’ll talk about current terminology to use when working with LGBTQ+ patients and discuss the issues around body image and mental health affecting this community. He’ll also present the most recent evidence around eating disorders psychopathology among LGBTQ+ populations, and discuss the role of gender affirming medical interventions regarding the body satisfaction of transgender and gender diverse people.

“Self” concepts (such as self-esteem, self-efficacy, self-objectification) have long being associated with eating disorders. In Professor Aikaterini Fotopoulou’s keynote, she aims to investigate how such higher order “self” concepts may relate to the neurobiology of disordered eating, and describe how in restrictive eating disorders like anorexia, rigid behavioural eating restrictions become the only active way to feel a sense of ‘control’ and ‘efficacy’ over one’s own body.

For many sufferers of anorexia nervosa, the time course is long, and the prospect of disability and family burden great. Professor Janice Russell’s keynote will use relevant literature and the authors’ own clinical experience to discuss how long-term illness can be managed so as to achieve the best possible physical and psychological outcome for the patient.

We’re looking forward to announcing the full programme soon, so keep an eye on the EDIC site, or sign up to get updates straight to your inbox!