Axel F SigurdssonAxel F. Sigurdsson, MD, PhD, is a cardiologist at the Department of Cardiology at The Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik Iceland.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (ACC), and past president of the Icelandic Society of Cardiology. 

He has extensive scientific publications but in recent years his interests have shifted more and more towards the role of diet and nutrition and the importance of lifestyle in general. He is an active blogger and his website Doc's Opinion ( has enjoyed great success in recent years.

Dr. Sigurdsson will discuss the definition of a healthy diet and how medical professionals can advise their patients in an era where the flow of information is overwhelming and commercialism appears to steer the ship.

Cynthia BulikProf Cynthia M. Bulik, Ph.D., FAED, is Founding Director of the University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the UNC School of Medicine, Professor of Nutrition in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, and Professor of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden where she directs the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation.

 Prof Bulik will discuss the development and delivery of Uniting Couples in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa (UCAN) and Uniting partners In the Treatment of Eating disorders (UNITE). Both treatments leverage the power of relationships to aid in recovery from eating disorders.

Dr. Andreas Lozano, CanadaProf Andres Lozano, MD, PhD, is the chair of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto. Andres Lozano has pioneered the use of deep brain stimulation for treating Parkinson’s, Alzheimer´s disease, depression, and chronic severe enduring anorexia nervosa. Dr. Lozano has over 500 publications and serves on the board of several international organizations and is a founding member of the scientific advisory board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. He is the most cited neurosurgeon in the world according to Thompson Reuters.

 He will talk about his research on use of DBS in severe anorexia nervosa and risks and potential benefits of that procedure.

Rene StovingProf Rene Klinkby Stöving, MD, PhD, is an endocrinologist and Professors in eating disorders, SDU, OUH, and Mental Health Services in the Region of Southern Denmark. He has also since 2007 worked as Consultant and head of the Nutrition Clinic, Department of Endocrinology, Center for Eating Disorders, OUH. 

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa have a high incidence of concomitant serious medical consequences. All organs in the body are affected by self-starvation, purging behavior and excessive exercise. Some of the adverse effects can be fully restored while some may have permanent adverse effects. Clinically relevant issues and pitfalls will be discussed and exemplified by cases from his own clinical work.

Andreas BirgegardAndreas Birgegård, PhD, docent and Director of Resource Center for Eating Disorders at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm (KÄTS).  Record holder of the National quality registry for eating disorder treatment in Sweden (RIKSÄT). 

Dr. Bigegaard will discuss challenges in the traditional nomenclature of eating disorders and how some behaviors could be conceptualized as addictions (binge, purge, exercise, fasting), overall or in subgroups of patients.

jorunn sundgot borgen 150Sundgot-Borgen is a professor in Physical Activity and Health at the Department of Sports Medicine at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NSSS).

She is author of about l50 International journal articles and book chapters and yearly invited to numerous of events as a keynote speaker within her research areas. 

She will talk about a new approach to treatment of eating disorders, exercise and treatment of eating disorders-What do we know?

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