5th Irish National Eating Disorders Conference

“Building successful outcomes in eating disorders treatment”

A small number of places may still be available for the conference. Please contact Treneq Ohgpure for details.

Friday, February 28th 2020 (09:30-16:30)

In conjunction with BODYWHYS (www.bodywhys.ie), Conference Networking Ireland is delighted to announce the 5th Irish National Eating Disorders Conference will take place on Friday, February 28th, 2020 at the wonderfully restored historic Art Deco Trinity Gas Building, 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.

This clinical conference is aimed primarily at health care professionals interested in eating disorders, though anyone affected by an eating disorder is welcome to attend.

In addition to the conference itself, there will be a separate, concurrent session in the afternoon for those affected by an eating disorder.


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Keynote Speakers

Nikolett Bogár, Pharm.D., is a pharmacologist from Budapest, Hungary. Nikolett was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa in 2007. She won ‘Elite Model Look’ Hungary in 2008 that launched her modeling career. In 2011 she started full time modeling on the international market (Paris, Milan, London, Barcelona, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai, etc.) and worked for fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior amongst others. She quit modeling in 2013 and started her university education. Her scientific interest is in the sociocultural background of eating disorders, especially the role of the fashion industry in the maintenance of the slimness ideal. She has had several articles published on this topic, and has presented at international congresses. In 2019, along with Prof Ferenc Túry, Hungary, she co-authored a book – “The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Nikolett currently works in the pharmaceutical industry and participates in a family therapy study group. The theme of her talk will be “The Fashion Industry and Eating Disorders” and will centre on both her research and her personal journey to recovery from anorexia nervosa.

Prof Anna Keski-Rahkonen, an accomplished researcher, academic and clinician, is Professor of Mental Health at the University of Helsinki in Finland. She received her medical training at the University of Helsinki in Finland and her research training at Columbia University in New York. She has published over 70 scientific articles on various aspects of eating disorders and has received numerous awards for her work. She has also written several books on eating disorders for the general public. The theme of her talk will be “Hope for Eating Disorders? Current status of treatment and research outcomes.”

Afternoon Workshop
There will be a choice of workshops to attend in the afternoon session. Each workshop will last two hours.

Building Recovery Focused Relationships with People With Eating Disorders: a key component to successful outcomes by Dr Jean Morrissey and Dr Kielty Oberlin, Trinity College Dublin
This workshop is aimed at those who work mainly in clinical settings helping those in recovery from an eating disorder.
Empathetic relationships have been consistently recognised in recovery research as a fundamental aspect to successful treatment. However, given the frequent and inherent physical and emotional risk associated with working with eating disorder populations, the relationship with the person can often be compromised in favour of managing physical and/or emotional complications. This phenomenon is not isolated to relationships between the person with an eating disorder and their service providers, but is also common in family members' relationships with them as well. This workshop will thus concentrate on how to build a recovery-focused relationship during recovery from an eating disorder.


"Family-based pro-active self-care for eating disorder recovery" by Nick and Carol Pollard, England.
This workshop is aimed at those affected by an eating disorder including people with a lived experience of an eating disorder and their families, friends.
Nick and Carol Pollard are the parents of Dr Elizabeth McNaught (a medical doctor with lived experience of eating disorders, having become very ill with anorexia at the age of 14). Elizabeth has written a best-selling book “Life Hurts: a doctor’s personal journey through anorexia”. When Elizabeth was very ill, Nick and Carol gained a personal understanding of important insights which became instrumental in her recovery. Nick, an author, lecturer, broadcaster and social entrepreneur, is now the director of Family Mental Wealth, a social-enterprise working with King’s College London and the University of Southampton to facilitate family-based pro-active self-care for mental health and wellbeing. Nick and Carol will start the workshop with a one-hour presentation telling their story as parents of a daughter with an eating disorder (including videos of Elizabeth) and reflecting on the role that families can play in helping someone’s journey through an eating disorder. This will be followed by a one-hour session looking at the new resource they are creating collaboratively with King’s College – an app to facilitate family-based pro-active self-care for a wide range of mental illnesses, including eating disorders.

With thanks to BODYWHYS BODYWHYS for administrative support.

Poster Session

Please note too that a poster session will be held if there is sufficient interest. Contact Treel Ohgpure if you wish to submit a poster presentation.