LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Eating disorders affect about 8 million people in the United States at any one time. Although a large majority is young women, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other types of eating disorders can affect men and people of any age. Cheri Levinson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and director of the Eating Anxiety Treatment Laboratory at the University of Louisville, will share some of her research in the treatment of eating disorders at the next Beer with a Scientist event, Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Levinson will discuss the lab’s research on the association between eating disorders and anxiety. In addition, she will describe therapies that incorporate technological innovations.
“The most common treatments for eating disorders only work for about 50 percent of individuals,” Levinson said. “In the Eating Anxiety Treatment Lab, we are working on developing novel treatments personalized to the individual,” Levinson said. “Many of our treatments use technology to help improve treatment and reach more people.”
Levinson’s talk begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. in Louisville. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session.
Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.
Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.
UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D., created the Beer with a Scientist program in 2014 as a way to bring science to the public in an informal setting. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises: beer and science. For more information and to suggest future Beer with a Scientist topics, follow Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.
Upcoming Beer with a Scientist dates: Mar. 14, Apr. 18.