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12 August 2008 PR 08/123

Loughborough University launches eating disorders research centre

Loughborough University has launched a new research centre to help tackle eating disorders and childhood obesity.

LUCRED (Loughborough University Centre for Research into Eating Disorders) is one of the largest research centres in its field.

Led by Dr Caroline Meyer, who has been conducting research into eating disorders for the last 15 years, LUCRED has 11 full-time academics and researchers. The team has well established links with colleagues at the NHS eating disorders services at Leicester General Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Birmingham and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, and is working closely with these organisations.

Speaking about the launch of LUCRED Dr Meyer said: “The creation of LUCRED is formal recognition of the extensive academic expertise at Loughborough University in the area of eating disorders, obesity, appetite and childhood eating behaviours. Our global partnerships will enable us to make a real difference to how these conditions are understood and treated.”

Professor Bob Palmer, Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of the Leicester Eating Disorders Service, said: “The creation of LUCRED has opened up opportunities for fruitful collaborations between clinicians and academics that is both unusual and important.  I, for one, am excited by the possibilities.”

Dr Newman Leung, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Birmingham and Solihull Outpatient Eating Disorder Service, added: “As a clinician in the field of eating disorders, I find working with LUCRED exciting. It provides me with the opportunity to discuss research ideas with a group of expert researchers. Furthermore, the range of high-quality research outputs from the Loughborough group investigating the development and maintenance of eating disorders has significantly informed my clinical practice.”

The LUCRED team currently focus on: compulsive exercise in eating disorders; childhood obesity and childhood eating problems; sub-clinical eating disorders; and mealtime protocols for the management of eating disorders.

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  1. For further information about LUCRED visit: www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/hu/groups/lucred/

  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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