Newswise — The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) announced the 2009 recipients of its awards for significant contributions to the advancement of research and treatment of eating disorders in the latest issue of The Forum, its quarterly newsletter for members.

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association of approximately 1,200 members committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.

Normally, award recipients are announced at the organization's annual conference, but the conference, scheduled to take place in Cancun, Mexico last month, was cancelled due to global concerns about the H1N1 flu virus.

"Every year many clinicians, scientists, public service organizations and businesses make exceptional contributions in the search to provide ever more effective prevention and treatment interventions for body image and eating disorders," according to Dr. Susan Paxton, AED president. "In the Academy's annual awards, we recognize individuals and organizations whose activities in this field have significantly improved the lives of girls and boys and women and men around the world."

The principal awards and their recipients are:

AED Leadership Award for Clinical, Administrative or Educational ServiceUlrike Schmidt, MD, for her clinical, administrative and educational contributions to the field of eating disorders. Dr. Schmidt has made outstanding contributions both directly to patients and indirectly in terms of the administrative work she has done for the British eating disorder community and internationally for the AED. She has served as chairman of the Eating Disorder Section of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK, as principal investigator on a large grant from the NHIR and head of clinical and research teams, and helped to develop the patient/carer charter for AED.

AED Leadership Award for Research Stephen Wonderlich, PhD, in recognition of an internationally respected body of research yielding new knowledge about eating disorders and measurably advancing the field. Dr. Wonderlich, the director of clinical research at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, North Dakota is recognized for conducting important and impactful ED research, and providing mentorship and teaching to other (particularly younger) ED researchers. He has been influential in guiding new developments and setting new directions in eating disorders research.

AED Outstanding Clinician AwardIvan Eisler, PhD, for contributions to the clinical care and well-being of individuals with eating disorders. Dr. Eisler, head of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Service at the Maudsley Hospital in London, has been a true pioneer in the development of family therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. In his work with families, he has been instrumental in the recovery of untold numbers of youngsters with eating disorders.

AED Research-Practice Partnership AwardCarolyn Black Becker, PhD, for leadership in the innovative, effective partnership of science, service, and community activism to improve lives through the prevention of eating disorders. Dr. Becker, a professor at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, has pioneered the successful dissemination of an evidence-based program for overcoming negative body image and preventing eating disorders in collaboration with members of the Tri Delta national fraternity. Her continuing contributions are likely to influence the dissemination and implementation of evidence based psychological interventions more generally beyond the domain of eating disorders. One of the fruits of the partnership is Reflections: Body Image Academy, a centralized training center for students and professionals.

AED Leadership Award for Corporate ServiceClaude Carrier and Bos, International, for generous contributions to increasing the impact and effectiveness of the mission of the Academy for Eating Disorders and for special contributions to eating disorder awareness and prevention. This award recognizes the generosity extended to the AED by Claude Carrier and Bos, who have donated their expertise to design the branding platform and launch the new public campaign for AED. Claude Carrier also will donate services to help AED develop a grass roots, public campaign aimed at the prevention of eating disorders in a population at highest risk — adolescent girls.

The 2009 AED Fellows Class, Clinician Scholarships, Student Research Grants, AED/NIMH Early Career Investigator Travel Fellowships and the Early Career Investigator Award for Best Paper Published in 2008 were also announced. A full description of all awards can be found on the AED Web site:

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