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The Eating Disorder Research Program

Who We Are

The Eating Disorder Research Program is directed by David Jimerson, M.D., a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

The program is directed toward a greater understanding of psychosocial and psychobiological factors contributing to illness onset, symptom perpetuation, recovery, and treatment non-response in patients with bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder and related disorders. Several investigations focus on the hypothesis that decreased CNS serotonin function contributes to binge eating behaviors and mood dysregulation in some patients with bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. Physiological studies include assessment of pharmacological effects on neuro-endocrine regulation during active illness and following recovery.