Eating Disorders Center for Treatment and Research

Welcome to Eating Disorders Research

Current Studies

fMRI Studies

The University of California San Diego Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program is currently conducting a study to understand the biological aspects of eating disorders. We are using a brain imaging technology called Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). FMRI is a method used to take pictures of the body, in this case, the brain. Specifically, we are looking at how the blood flow in the brain changes in different conditions when doing different tasks in the scanner. We will compare brain scans of women who have recovered from anorexia with women who have never had an eating disorder. The study may provide important information about changes in neural activation associated with eating disorders.

You may receive compensation up to $1250.00 for completion of the study. We may also be able to provide travel compensation to San Diego.

This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Who may be eligible?

What does the study involve?

PET Studies

The University of California San Diego Eating Disorder Research and Treatment Program is conducting a research study to find out more about two chemicals in the brain, serotonin and dopamine.

We are interested in comparing women who have never had an eating disorder with women who have recovered from anorexia nervosa and/or bulimia nervosa. This is a two day PET Positron Emission Tomography) study that uses a technique to "label" active areas of the brain. It requires the injection of small amounts of radioactive tracers while you lie in a special scanner.

This amount of radiation exposure is not expected to produce any harmful effects and is similar to that from many commonly performed diagnostic Nuclear Medicine Procedures. During the study, you will undergo two PET scans each lasting about 60-100 minutes and done on separate days.

The compensation for completing both PET scans is $750. We may also be able to provide travel compensation to San Diego.

This study is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Who may be eligible?

 

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the above research studies, please call Zoe Irvine at (858) 246-0699 or email edresearch@ucsd.edu.

Testimonial from a Past Participant

'Having the opportunity to participate in an eating disorder research study, as a result of a personal experience, was rewarding in many ways. The research staff was professional, organized & compassionate; I felt well-informed throughout the duration of the whole study. Not only did I get the opportunity to meet individuals who shared the same interest in learning more about such a life-threatening illness, I was also given great accommodation in San Diego and generous compensation. I look forward to participating in future opportunities! Thank you UCSD staff for a great experience!'