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We have conducted research on eating disorders in Oxford for the last 30 years ! Cooper & Fairburn have focussed on the description and definition of eating disorders across diagnoses, as well as their treatment using psychological methods. These range from enhanced cognitive behavioural to interpersonal psychotherapy, with a particular interest in disseminating these psychotherapies using the new information media in an innovative fashion. More basic research is done by the Park and McCabe groups, who investigate the brain mechanisms involved in the development and maintenance of eating disorders. They are interested in the effects of food as a reward on brain responses, as well as ways of processing information particular to patients with eating disorders. In their research, clinicians work closely with experimental psychologists and neuroscientists to throw light on both physical and mental aspects of these disorders.

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