Translational approaches to understanding anorexia nervosa

Authors

  • Diane A. Klein MD,

    1. From the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, New York
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  • B. Timothy Walsh MD

    Corresponding author
    1. From the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, New York
    • Eating Disorders Research Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032
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Abstract

Translational research has fostered significant gains in neuroscience and psychiatry and has been identified by the NIMH as a “priority area” for further funding. As applied to anorexia nervosa (AN), “translational research” describes the application of principles and methodologies employed in related fields to advance the understanding, and ultimately treatment and prevention, of this disorder. Several promising areas of translational research in AN are identified. Such research, particularly when linked to a conceptual framework, offers the potential of lending much-needed novel insight into this challenging and enigmatic disorder. © 2005 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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