The Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) was established in late 2009, to break down the barriers that inhibit collaborative, multi-disciplinary research into eating disorders, by establishing a research institute ‘without walls’, to take a leading role in determining the future direction and coordination of research in eating disorders and body image in Australia.
Butterfly also supports ongoing research into the areas of body image and eating disorders. Current Australian and International research studies, that require participants, are listed below.
Research Team: Ms Claire McAulay (PhD Candidate/Principal Investigator), Professor Stephen Touyz (Chief Investigator), Dr Jonathan Mond & Dr Tim Outhred (Associate Investigators)
Institution where research is based: University of Sydney, Sydney NSW
Ethics approval number: 2018/105
Funding Source: Research Training Program for Ms McAulay
Date of project commencement: 12/3/2018
Description of Project: We are investigating mood symptoms and other psychological features in people with an Eating Disorder. Volunteers are wanted to complete an online questionnaire regarding their diagnosis, physical health, and other psychological factors. Participants: Any adult with a diagnosed eating disorder who is not currently pregnant is welcome to participate. PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET
What is involved in participation: The study will take approximately 1 hour and is completely anonymous. You can enter the site through this link: http://bit.ly/2IsXRYW
Location of Project: Online at http://bit.ly/2IsXRYW
Contact Details: For more information or interest in similar studies, please contact Claire McAulay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9351 0804, or Stephen Touyz (primary supervisor) at email@example.com.
HREC Number 2018/105. Complaints may be directed to The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney. T: +61 2 8627 8176; E: firstname.lastname@example.org; F: +61 2 8627 8177.
13 applications were received from national collaborations (several with international collaborators).
Applications were reviewed by an expert team of researchers, and three of these projects were selected and funded. The funded projects listed below are ongoing.
Identification & Early Intervention
Research Team: Prof. Helen Truby, A/Prof Terry Haines, Laura Tirlea
University / Institution: Monash University
Project: Evaluating the efficacy of the school based program “Girls on the Go!” to improve self esteem, body satisfaction and physical activity in a multicultural environment: a randomised control trial
Treatment Standards & Strategies
Research Team: Prof. Jan Russell, Prof. Janet Treasure, Dr. Adam Guastella, Prof. Ulrike Schmidt, Dr. Kate Tchanturia, Dr. Sarah Maguire, Mr. Dean Carson
University / Institution: University of Sydney (USYD)
Project: The effect of oxytocin on cognitive rigidity and social anxiety in eating disorders: A randomized placebo controlled trial of the effects of oxytocin in the treatment of anorexia nervosa
Promotion & Prevention
Research Team: Dr Simon Wilksch, Prof. Tracey Wade, Prof. Susan Paxton, Dr. Bryn Austin, A/Prof. Susan Byrne
University / Institution: Flinders University
Project: Prevention across the spectrum: Can we simultaneously reduce the risk of both eating disorders and obesity?
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