Monday, December 31, 2012

Janet Treasure awarded OBE

Janet Treasure, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Eating Disorders Unit at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year's Honours List for services to people with eating disorders.

Professor Treasure is also the Chief Medical Officer for the National Eating Disorder Association (the main UK eating disorder charity) and has been actively involved in research throughout her career, writing over 150 peer reviewed papers. She was a co-coordinator of a multicentre European study examining the genetic and environmental factors in the management of eating disorders.

Professor Treasure said: "I am delighted to have received this recognition which may contribute to increased awareness of the problems of eating disorders. I have worked as part of a clinical and research team from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London for over 30 years. Much of our research has focused on the causes of eating disorders and the translation of these findings into new treatments.

"With Gill Todd, a specialised nurse and other team members, we developed the experienced carers helping others (ECHO) project funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) in which people with the lived  experience of eating disorders coach families with an eating disorder member on how to promote recovery. This work has been carried out collaboratively with and often inspired by patients and their families. 

"I have jointly written books for carers and patients with people with personal experience of eating disorders as patients or carers (including June Alexander, Anna Crane, Grainne Smith, Pam Macdonald). I have also worked closely with eating disorder charities, BEAT, SUCCEED, student run self help (SRSH) and diabetics with eating disorders (DWED) in order to improve awareness and access to effective treatments."

The Eating Disorder Unit at SLaM is a leading centre in clinical management and training of eating disorders. The unit provides eating disorder services for a population of 2 million in South East London and accepts specialist referrals from throughout out the UK. The unit is active in research and development in all aspects of eating disorders treatment, biology, clinical problems etc.

Professor Treasure was also recently named as one of Britain's top doctors in The Times.

Also in the New Year's Honours List is SLaM's Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist Professor Simon Wessely, who was awarded a knighthood. Professor Wessely said he was "said he was "genuinely surprised and incredibly honoured" by the award. Read more about Professor Wessely on the BBC News website.

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