NIH OBSSR Director’s Webinar: Innovative Approaches to Understanding Eating Disorders

March 8, 2022, 2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., FAED
Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., FAED

Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., FAED

Presenter: Cynthia Bulik, Ph.D., FAED
Founding Director,
University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders


Dr. Cynthia Bulik’s clinical work and research on eating disorders span decades and continents. The ground-breaking Eating Disorders Genetics Initiative (EDGI) is the largest global research study on the genetics of eating disorders ever conducted. EDGI aims to identify the hundreds of genes that influence a person’s risk of developing anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, to improve treatment, and ultimately save lives.



Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED holds the first endowed professorship in eating disorders in the United States. She is Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is also Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and founding director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. Dr. Bulik is also professor in the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and director of the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. She is passionate about translating science for the public.