Eating Disorders are severe, biologically based disorders with a median age of onset in adolescence. As psychiatric disorders, they are prevalent and grossly under-reported with serious and even fatal consequences. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th edition (DSM-5) recognizes the following eating disorders: anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), binge eating disorder (BED), avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), other specified feeding or eating disorder (OSFED), and unspecified feeding or eating disorder (UFED).
At this point in time, the Timko Research Group is specifically interested in anorexia nervosa.
The primary aims of our lab's research are to study the onset and maintenance factors of restrictive eating, identify sex differences, distinguish the impact of malnutrition from the core neurobiology, and improve existing treatment methods for AN.