This project aims to understand the role of the immune system, specifically cytokines, in anorexia nervosa. Our brain and behaviour are influenced by the immune system. Cytokines are important messenger molecules in the immune system. They can be measured in the blood and can tell us a lot about inflammation in the body. Research has shown that individuals with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa tend to have elevated levels of certain cytokines in their blood.
We want to measure a range of cytokines to find out if the level of cytokines in individuals with a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa are related to certain clinical characteristics, like illness duration and symptom severity. The study will involve a screening phone call and, if you are eligible, a visit to the Institute of Psychology and King's College London (London, SE5 8AF).
We are looking for:
- have a current diagnosis or have had a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa
- a body mass index (BMI) below 18.5 kg/m2
- do not have any acute or chronic inflammatory diseases (e.g. Crohn's disease, Äôs disease, arthiritis, asthma, psoriasis)
- are not currently pregnant
Participants will be offered expenses of around £15 for completing the study.
For further information on participating in this study, please visit the study website here.