Eating disorders

Mental health

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Biomarkers for anorexia and autism

Lead researcher

Dr Kate Tchanturia


King's College London


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Dr Kate Tchanturia’s project expands on her existing Medical Research Foundation and MRC-funded study, ‘The Triple A study (Adolescents with Anorexia and Autism symptoms)’

Dr Tchanturia will revisit participants from her previous study to predict the likelihood and length of recovery from anorexia nervosa and examine the independent, but interlinked, effects of anorexia, autism symptoms, and ageing.

By understanding the underlying mechanisms which underpin illness development, this research will aid the development of targeted interventions both nationally and internationally. More broadly, this work could pave the way to reducing stigma and shame around anorexia nervosa, and create a greater recognition of its interaction with autism spectrum disorders.

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