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Research/Studies: Eating disorder researchers are always seeking subjects for their studies. We assist by promoting their work through our networks.

By learning more and developing effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for eating disorders, we can better help the millions of people who struggle with an Eating Disorder.

We support researchers in testing their theories and obtaining needed data.  If you’re a researcher looking to promote your study and solicit candidates to participate, please contact us.

Participate in studies: If you’re an individual who struggles with or is in recovery from an eating disorder, or a family member/loved one supporting someone with an eating disorder, and would like to participate in a study for which you meet the criteria, please see below.

1. Adolescent Brain Imaging Study

Do you have or think you may have a low-weight eating disorder?

If you are a low-weight female between the ages of 10 and 22 years old you may be eligible for a research study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the relationship between hormones, brain activity and appetite.  MRI is a non-invasive way to view brain activity without using X-rays.

This study includes one screening visit to confirm eligibility and three morning visits which will include a meal, questionnaires, blood draws and two MRI scans. Visits will be spread over 18 months and will occur at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and at the Martinos Biomedical Imaging Center in Charlestown, MA.

Eligible participants will receive up to $550 for completing the study. Local transportation and parking costs will be reimbursed.

In order to be eligible, participants must be willing to not take oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or other medication containing hormones and must be able and willing to participate in MRI scans.

Please follow the link below to fill out our survey or contact Meghan Slattery, NP, via email at mslattery@partners.org or by phone at (617) 643-0267 for more information.

Survey: https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=vXBQ2peXoD

2. Adolescent Bone Health Study

IGF-1 and Bone Loss in Girls with Anorexia Nervosa

Evaluating the effects of two medications on bone density, structure and strength in girls with anorexia nervosa.

  • 14-22 years old
  • 10 outpatient visits over 12 months
  • Bone density scans, physical examinations, nutritional and hormonal evaluations
  • Up to $910 compensation, as well as reimbursement for parking and transportation.

For more information, contact study nurse practitioner Meghan Slattery via email at mslattery@partners.org or by phone at (617) 643-0267 and please fill out our eligibility survey https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=LEum7A.

3. Adult Bone Health Study

IGF-1 and Bone Loss in Women with Anorexia Nervosa

Evaluating the effects of two medications on bone density, structure and strength in women with anorexia nervosa.

  • 18-45 years old
  • 10 outpatient visits over 12 months
  • Bone density scan, physical examination, nutritional and hormonal evaluations
  • Up to $1000 compensation, as well as reimbursement for parking and transportation.

Contact Erinne Meenaghan at 617-724-7393 or email myresearch@partners.org for more information

4. Do you consider yourself a “picky eater”? Do you forget to eat or worry that eating will make you vomit or choke?

We are conducting a research study at Massachusetts General Hospital using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the effects of eating a limited variety of foods on hormones and brain activity.

COMPENSATION UP TO $150

The study includes:

  • Measurement of hormones and safety labs
  • Physical and psychological assessments
  • Neuroimaging MRI scans
  • Sensory tasks
  • 1 brief screening visit, main study visit and 2 brief follow-up visits

You may be eligible to participate if you are 10 to 21 years old.  Contact our team at easanza@partners.org.

5. Transdermal Estrogen in Older Women with Anorexia Nervosa

The purpose of this study is to see if an estrogen patch can increase bone density in women with anorexia nervosa. The patch is already FDA approved for osteoporosis in post-menopausal women, but we’re trying to see if it works just as well in treating bone loss associated with anorexia. The drug is a patch, so it’s noninvasive, and it’s a low dose of estrogen that is less than you’d get from a birth control. The study involves an initial screening visit, 3 3-hour visits over 6 months, and four 15-minute phone check-ins in the meantime. The in-person visits include an MRI, XCT scan, bone density scan, nutritional evaluation and blood draw. Subjects would get $450 for completing the study, and we would reimburse them for travel and cover parking at each visit.

For more information and to find out if you’re eligible to participate, please contact Sai Polineni at 617-724-5406 or spolineni@partners.org.You can also fill out our confidential preliminary screening questionnaire at https://redcap.partners.org/redcap/surveys/?s=GepGJ67UYo.