Research Studies

Led by Dr. Cynthia Bulik, the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders is on the leading edge of eating disorders research. Our work encompasses inquiries into genetic and environmental causes of eating disorders, prevention of eating disorders, and the development of effective treatments for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. With active collaborations in over 21 countries around the world, our work is truly global. Our projects extend from cell to society and employ contemporary methods to decode the causes of eating disorders. As an interdisciplinary research team, we bring varied perspectives together to advance science. Committed to bridging the research-practice gap, we aim to fully integrate our clinical and research teams—with our research continually improving our clinical service, and our clinical work informing our research. To find out more information on our research, click on a study description within the navigation bar.

At UNC, all patients are given the opportunity to participate in research. Participation in any research project is completely voluntary. The choice to participate or not to participate is entirely yours an that decision in no way influences your clinical care. Your first priority is recovery from your eating disorder, whether you choose to participate in research during or after your recovery is a personal decision that we respect at all times.