Probing the Neural substrates of Bulimia Nervosa
2020 Award: $39,065
This study will use MRI technology to follow how ovarian hormones affect symptoms of bulimia such as binge eating.
Need/Problem: Bulimia nervosa is an eating disorder that afflicts approximately 3% of individuals and is associated with a number of negative consequences. There is also a disconnect between the burden of bulimia nervosa and the availability of effective treatments. Our limited understanding of what causes bulimia nervosa is hindering progress on the development of new treatments.
Grant Summary: We will study if activity in the brain changes when exposed to different reproductive hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, in women with bulimia nervosa.
Goals and Projected Outcomes: Having a better understanding of what causes bulimia nervosa may lead to the development of targeted treatments with better effectiveness than those currently available. Improved treatments may ultimately reduce the burden and mortality associated with bulimia nervosa.