Le Grange to be honored for eating disorder treatment research efforts

Benioff UCSF Professor in Children's Health and UCSF Eating Disorders Program Director Daniel Le Grange, PhD, has been selected for induction into the Eating Disorder Recovery Support (EDRS) Hall of Fame in recognition of his work advancing research on eating disorder treatments for adolescents. Together with four colleagues from the field of eating disorders treatment, he will be honored at a special gala on Friday, February 3, 2017, at the annual EDRS Convention in San Rafael, Calif.

In addition to his appointments at UCSF, Le Grange is also Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He received his doctoral education at the University of London's Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of London Maudsley Hospital and the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Le Grange’s research interests focuses primarily on treatment trials for adolescents with eating disorders, and he has served a critical role in bringning family-based treatment (FBT) – now regarded as the first-line outpatient therapy for medically stable patients – for adolescent anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa to the United States. He has authored or co-authored more than 450 manuscripts, books, book chapters and abstracts, and presented more than 200 presentations at national and international scientific meetings.

He is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, a member of the Eating Disorders Research Society, an associate editor for the Journal of Eating Disorders and BMC Psychiatry, serves on the editorial boards of the European Eating Disorders Review and the International Journal of Eating Disorders, and is an ad hoc scientific reviewer for more than 25 journals. He has lectured extensively across North America, Europe, Australia, southeast Asia and South Africa. Over the past 15 years, Le Grange has been the principal investigator on numerous randomized clinical trails funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council, and numerous private foundations. He is the 2013 recipient of the Presidential Chair Award at UCSF and the 2014 recipient of the Academy for Eating Disorders Leadership in Research Award.

Le Grange will be joined by four other pioneers in eating disorders treatment in the inaugural Hall of Fame cohort:

  • Janice Bremis (Eating Disorders Resource Center)
  • Deborah Brenner-Liss, PhD (Association of Professionals Treating Eating Disorders)
  • Walter Kaye, MD (UC San Diego)
  • Tami Lyon, RD, MPH (Healthy Living Nutritional Counseling and Consulting)

The Friday night gala will be followed by a day-long conference, "Unveiling Innovative Approaches in Eating Disorder Treatment," focusing on in-depth workshops featuring topics such as temperament-based therapy, mentalized-based and attachment approaches, and nutritional perspectives. The conference will conclude with a screening of The Illusionists, a film about the globalization of beauty. Registration is available online at edrs.net.

About EDRS

Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc. is a Bay Area-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting community awareness of eating disorders, professional education and collaboration, and providing treatment scholarships to individuals that need financial assistance for treatment. For more information, visit their website at edrs.net.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine and the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care, and public service.

UCSF Psychiatry conducts its clinical, educational, and research efforts at a variety of locations in Northern California, including UCSF campuses at Parnassus Heights, Mission Bay, and Laurel Heights, the UCSF Medical Center at Mt. Zion, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, and UCSF Fresno.

About the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

The UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, established by the extraordinary generosity of Joan and Sanford I. "Sandy" Weill, brings together world-class researchers with top-ranked physicians to solve some of the most complex challenges in the human brain.

The UCSF Weill Institute leverages UCSF’s unrivaled bench-to-bedside excellence in the neurosciences. It unites three UCSF departments—Neurology, Psychiatry, and Neurological Surgery—that are highly esteemed for both patient care and research, as well as the Neuroscience Graduate Program, a cross-disciplinary alliance of nearly 100 UCSF faculty members from 15 basic-science departments, as well as the UCSF Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, a multidisciplinary research center focused on finding effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurodegenerative disorders.

About UCSF

UC San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It includes top-ranked graduate schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing and pharmacy; a graduate division with nationally renowned programs in basic, biomedical, translational and population sciences; and a preeminent biomedical research enterprise. It also includes UCSF Health, which comprises two top-ranked hospitals, UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, and other partner and affiliated hospitals and healthcare providers throughout the Bay Area.