Eating disorders

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

ALF, Swedish Research Council, Jane and Dan Olsson foundations

Short description

The research group conducts studies pertaining to early symptoms, risk factors, long-term outcome, treatment, neuropsychological profile, brain imaging, hereditary factors, gender differences, health economy, and comorbidity (autism spectrum disorder and ADHD, in particular) in anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders and in obesity.

Research projects

  • Long-term follow-up of anorexia nervosa
  • Obesity in children and adolescents
  • Autistic eating behaviour in anorexia nervosa
  • Cognition and neuropsychiatry in anorexia nervosa
  • MRI/fMRI studies
  • Early detection of anorexia nervosa
  • Chronic anorexia nervosa - a thorough multidimensional investigation of patients at an eating disorder service
  • Comparing the extent of eating disorder services between European countries

Cooperation partners

The research group collaborates with researchers at:

  • Karolinska institutet
  • Lund University
  • Linköping University
  • St George's University, London
  • King’s College, London
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
  • Harvard University, Boston and
  • Drexel University, Philadelphia
  • RWTH Aachen University, Aachen

Principal Investigator

Elisabet Wentz
Professor/Chief Physician

Group members

Doctoral students
Sandra Rydberg Dobrescu
Karin Dahlin

Doctor of Medicine
Louise Karjalainen

Other researchers 
Peter Goldberg
Olivia Sammels

We are also in collaboration with:

Doctoral students
Karin Fast
Anna Björk
Karin Wallin

Doctors of medicine
Gunilla Paulson Karlsson
Monika Davidovic
Malin Björnsdotter

Carina Gillberg

Jovanna Dahlgren
Håkan Olausson
Nouchine Hadjikhani
Maria Råstam
Christopher Gillberg
Jeremy Turk
Hubert Lacey
Suzanne Dickson
Michael Lowe
Henrik Zetterberg
Kaj Blennow
Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann

Other researchers
Lisa Dinkler
Sören Nielsen