Integrating Neurobiology, Cognition, and Behavior in Anorexia Nervosa: A Comprehensive Perspective in Clinical and Research Contexts

by Dr Enrico Collantoni (Department of Neurosciences, University of Padova)

When: December 14, 2023, at 3:00 pm

Where: Sala Seminari VIMM (Building A, Ground Floor, Via Orus 2, Padova)

Anorexia nervosa is a severe psychiatric disorder that involves a complex interplay between neurodevelopment and neuroprogression. In recent years, many efforts have been made to disentangle these mechanisms within a neurobiological realm. Here, I will aim to provide an overview of these aspects, focusing on the advancements in structural neuroimaging and connectomic studies. Furthermore, I will endeavor to elucidate some specific experimental approaches to elucidate two nuclear symptomatic dimensions of this disorder – caloric restriction and body image distortion – employing cognitive and behavioral assessment methodologies, including app-based tools and virtual reality technology.