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Emeritus Professor Christopher Fairburn founded the Centre for Research on Eating Disorders (CREDO) at Oxford in 1986 and has continued pioneering work into the treatment of eating disorders and into psychological treatments themselves. This has resulted in major changes to clinical practice worldwide.

Prof Christopher Fairburn

Christopher Fairburn, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, said:

 

'It has been a privilege and a pleasure being connected with the Department of Psychiatry ever since my student days here in the 70s. The success of our work at CREDO (Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford) stems from having a highly talented research team together with long-term programmatic funding from the Wellcome Trust. 

'Also vital has been our close links with the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and its predecessors. The result has been the development of the leading treatments for adults with eating disorders and some more general innovations including the adoption of a transdiagnostic stance on mental disorders and a novel form of treatment delivery termed "guided self-help".'

Professor John Geddes, Head of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, said:

 

'Over 40 years, with sustained funding from Wellcome, Professor Chris Fairburn has led a programme of research that has created the global standard for evidence-based treatment for people with eating disorders. Professor Fairburn’s work has benefited the lives of millions of patients and it is wonderful to see it recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.'

 

For further information on CREDO.

An excerpt from the Wellcome Trust annual report 2018:

In May 2017, a version of CBT developed by Chris and his colleagues was formally recommended in the UK for treating adults with any form of eating disorder. Chris has led the development of an online training programme for therapists, which means his idea has the potential to help millions of people affected by eating disorders around the world.

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