Newswise — London, UK, December 4-5, 2019 – Eating disorders affect one in five people and remain one of the deadliest mental illnesses, and yet are among the most stigmatized and difficult to treat. The inaugural joint conference of the Academy for Eating Disorder’s European Chapter and the Royal College of Psychiatrist’s Faculty of Eating Disorders will convene in London, England, December 4th and 5th to discuss the latest research, cutting-edge treatments, and prevention programs for eating disorders.

President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor Wendy Burn, will open the conference on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, kicking off 16 hours of keynotes, presentations, and discussions by a number of distinguished speakers  including Professor Janet Treasure, the Director of the Eating Disorder Unit at King’s College, London, and Professor Bryn Austin, President of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Under the theme, “Art and Science of Eating Disorders: A Global Vision to Help Eating Disorder Patients and Carers,” the 2-day event will take place at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London, England.

“We at the European Chapter of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Faculty of Eating Disorders of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been working together to further enhance global awareness about eating disorders. We are working in different countries of Europe and beyond to improve training, research, knowledge and resources for clinicians working with patients and carers with eating disorders. We are excited to invite you to join us during this conference in London and contribute to our common learning and to benefit from our esteemed panel of speakers from across the world,” said Dr. Ashish Kumar, President of the European Chapter of the Academy for Eating Disorders, Vice Chair, Faculty of Eating Disorders, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London & Deputy Associate Medical Director & Clinical Lead for Eating Disorder Services for Children and Young People, North West Boroughs Health Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Topics to be discussed include early warning signs, obesity policy, neurocognitive impacts of eating disorders, suicidality and self-harm, the role of family and siblings, ethics, exercise, trauma, different modes of therapeutic interventions,  translational research, updated prevalence research, neurobiological etiology, and the latest evidence-based treatments.


The Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is an international professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention. The goal of the AED is to provide global access to knowledge, research, and best treatment practice for eating disorders. For additional information, please contact Elissa Myers at +1 (703) 626-9087 or visit the AED website at