Research Volunteer Registry

To conduct research studies, we need help from volunteers like you – individuals who want to help us better understand eating disorders. You can help by volunteering to join our research registry. Anyone can join our registry. We welcome volunteers with no history of an eating disorder, as well as volunteers with a current or past history of an eating disorder. To learn more, click here.

Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI)

EDGI is an international research study designed to understand how your genes can influence your risk for developing an eating disorder. Anyone living in the U.S. who is at least 18 years old and has ever had anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder at any time in their life might be eligible. Click here to take our survey.

Binge Eating Genetics INitiative (BEGIN)

The goal of the BEGIN study is to better understand the genetic factors that may be associated with binge-eating disorder and bulimia nervosa in order to develop better treatments for the millions of people who suffer from these illnesses. Learn more about BEGIN here.

Carolina C.A.R.E.S. (College Assessment for Research and Education in Science)

The purpose of Carolina C.A.R.E.S. is to examine mental health in college students and what factors contribute to how well students do during their college years. Learn more about Carolina C.A.R.E.S. here.

ORchED Studies (Ovarian Hormone and Reward Challenge Eating Disorder Studies)

The goal of the Orched research studies are to learn how and why female reproductive hormones (e.g., estrogen) influence eating behaviors in women who experience binge eating. This is done by taking medications that change your hormones. Participants have the option to learn how your eating behaviors changed in response to the study medications. To find out more, click here.

Uniting Couples in the Treatment of Eating Disorders (UNITE)

UNITE is a collaborative treatment study that is examining two different treatments for binge-eating disorder (BED). Learn more about UNITE here.