Research studies help us understand the physiological and neurological underpinnings of mental health disorders. These findings will help us develop better treatment approaches. Thank you for considering participating in our research opportunities:
1) Anorexia Nervosa & Body Dysmorphic Disorder Study
PI: Jamie Feusner, M.D. Co-Investigator: Michael Strober, Ph.D.
To better understand how visual and emotional information is processed in people with body dysmorphic disorder and those with anorexia nervosa, and how this relates to the symptoms they experience.
Seeking 18-30 year old healthy controls.
2) Interoceptive Awareness Study
PI: Sahib Khalsa, M.D., Ph.D. Co-PI: Jamie Feusner, M.D.
Interoceptive awareness refers to awareness of internal body sensations, such as the feeling of the heartbeat and breath. Interoceptive sensations are often increased during emotional states and individuals with anorexia nervosa often report increased emotional stress, anxiety as well as depression.
Using intravenous infusions of a medication called isoproterenol we are interested in understanding whether individuals with anorexia nervosa experience internal body sensations differently.
Isoproterenol used to be a medication to treat asthma, because it relaxed airways, but had the side effect of also increasing heart rate and now albuterol is used as a replacement. Isoproterenol has no long term effects and is similar to the hormone epinephrine.
Seeking 35-45 year old healthy controls.
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