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Anorexia Nervosa

Volume 24: debated on Tuesday 25 May 1982

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asked the Secretary of Slate for Education and Science if his Department is sponsoring research projects into anorexia nervosa; and if he will provide details.

The Medical Research Council, which receives a grant-in-aid from my Department's Science Budget, is currently supporting a study at the Institute of Psychiatry into the assessment of the efficacy of family therapy in modifying the long-term prognosis of anorexia nervosa. The council is also funding basic research in the field of psycho-physiology, which may be expected to advance our understanding of this condition.Research relevant to anorexia nervosa is being undertaken at a number of universities and medical schools, using funds from the block grants provided by the University Grants Committee for teaching and research. Many of these research projects are listed in the publication "Research in British Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges", a copy of which is available in the Library.