CEDI - Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation

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The Karolinska Institutet Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation is funded by the Swedish Research Council. Our goal is to push the boundaries of research in the area of eating disorders by engaging scientists from a variety of disciplines to rapidly accelerate our understanding of the causes of and treatments for eating disorders.

At the Centre for Eating Disorders Innovation (CEDI) we are dedicated to applying novel and emerging methodologies and technologies to elucidate causal mechanisms underlying eating disorders. Our ultimate goal is to rigorously apply findings from genetic, biological, and environmental risk investigations to refine and personalize detection, prevention, and treatment of eating disorders.

At CEDI, we are dedicated to mentorship of trainees at all levels to cultivate the next generation of eating disorders scientists. From neuroscience to clinical research, our faculty and global collaborators are dedicated to our education mission. In addition, we are passionate about dissemination of science. Through public lectures, invited lectures, publications, media, and social media, we will translate often complex scientific results into readily understandable concepts for the public.

Our singular goal is to rapidly advance our understanding of eating disorders. By engaging scientists from a variety of disciplines and examining eating disorders through new lenses, we aim to build a comprehensive understanding of the role that both genetics and environment play in eating disorders risk and maintenance.


Professor Cynthia Bulik is responsible for the centre and you can contact her by e-mail if you have any questions. Dr. Elisabeth Welch and Jessica Pege are also available to answer any questions you may have.


Cynthia Bulik

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 824 19
E-mail: cynthia.bulik@ki.se


Ata Ghaderi

Organizational unit: Psychology Ghaderi
E-mail: Ata.Ghaderi@ki.se

Research coordinator

Jessica Pege

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 823 94
E-mail: jessica.pege@ki.se

Graduate Student

Camilla Wiklund

E-mail: camilla.wiklund@ki.se

All other project staff


Anna Hedman

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 852 85
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: anna.hedman@ki.se

Assistant professor

Ida Nilsson

E-mail: ida.nilsson@ki.se

Research assistant

Lauren Breithaupt

E-mail: lauren.breithaupt@ki.se

Research administrator

Michaela Rydén

E-mail: michaela.ryden@ki.se

Graduate Student

Andreas Jangmo

E-mail: andreas.jangmo@ki.se

PhD student

Shuyang Yao

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 824 75
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: shuyang.yao@ki.se

Project assistant

Malin Rådström

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 861 76
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: malin.radstrom@ki.se

System developer

Johan Källberg

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 824 74
Organizational unit: Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB), C8
E-mail: johan.kallberg@ki.se



Elisabeth Welch

Organizational unit: CPF Norring/Juhlin
E-mail: elisabeth.welch@ki.se


Laura Thornton

Scientific Advisory Board

  • Dr. Gerome Breen (PhD, Chair of SAB) is a Reader in Neuropsychiatric & Translational Genetics; Department of Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry; King’s College London and Director NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. Dr. Breen will advise on all aspects of CEDI research related to genomics.
  • Prof. Kerstin Plessen (MD, PhD) is Professor and Head of Research, Mental Health Centre for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Prof. Plessen will advise on all aspects of CEDI research that relate to the general field of child psychiatry.
  • Dr. Andreas Birgegård (PhD) is Head of the Unit Kunskapscentrum för ätstörningar (KÄTS) in Stockholm and a research group leader at the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet. His work focuses on research, education, supervision and responsibility for the quality assurance system Stepwise. Dr. Birgegård will serve as the content expert for eating disorders and advise on all research related to the Swedish registers.
  • Prof Paul Lichtenstein (PhD) is Head of Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet. As head of department, Prof Lichtenstein is an ex officio member of the CEDI SAB.


At CEDI we uphold the highest ethical standards in research. The privacy and rights of participants in our studies are central to our mission. We are deeply grateful to all individuals who are willing to share information about themselves to help us further the world’s understanding of eating disorders. In return, we honor your privacy by being careful stewards of your data.

Donating to KI

To make a donation to our centre, click here and follow these simple steps:

1. Click “Make a Donation”
2. On the drop down menu for “Where would you like your donation to be directed”, Choose: Medical Research
3. In the “My greetings” box, type CEDI

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