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Lifetime achievement award for distinguished academic dedicated to combating eating disorders

Professor Bob Palmer, honorary professor of psychiatry in the University’s Department of Health Sciences.

Lifetime achievement award for distinguished academic dedicated to combating eating disorders

Distinction recognises over 40 years’ work by Professor Bob Palmer

Issued on 02 March 2010

Jpeg image of Professor Palmer available from pt91@le.ac.uk

An acclaimed academic from the University of Leicester is to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at an international event recognising his contribution to the study, treatment, education, and administration in the field of eating disorders for over 40 years.

Bob Palmer is honorary professor of psychiatry in the University’s Department of Health Sciences based at the Brandon Mental Health Unit, Leicester General Hospital. He is also a consultant psychiatrist in the Leicester Adult Eating Disorders which is part of the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. He has published widely on the subject of eating disorders and is Editor of the European Eating Disorders Review.

The award from the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) is a rare distinction – the worldwide organisation, based in the US, has conferred the award only seven times since the first occasion in 1995.

Professor Palmer will be presented with the award in Salzburg during a gathering of his peers at the 2010 International Conference on Eating Disorders in June.

He said: “I was gobsmacked but delighted at being given this award. It is recognises not only my own work but that of the whole Leicester clinical and research team. I am now working only part time and will soon be retiring completely but I am assured that the work will go on.”

Head of Health Sciences Professor Richard Baker added: “This is a terrific achievement. The award is only made on rare occasions, and it represents international recognition of the very highest order. Professor Palmer has combined the delivery of a top quality clinical service for people with eating disorders with a leading research programme that has had a worldwide impact. The Department is delighted for Bob.”

The award citation from the AED states: “One of the foremost scholarly thinkers in our field, Bob has led the way in pursuing an integrative understanding of eating disorders through his prolific research, writing, education and clinical activities. The author of numerous research and clinical articles, Bob has written three books and edited two others. His contributions to the AED and to the field earned Bob the 2005 AED Leadership Award for Clinical, Educational and Administrative Service. Still active in research, writing, and administration, Bob recently retired from clinical practice after 44 years of providing patient care. The AED is pleased and honoured to present our distinguished colleague, Bob Palmer, with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award for the impact his body of work has made in advancing new integrative directions in eating disorder research and treatment.”

More information at:

http://www.aedweb.org/about/awards10.cfm

NOTE TO NEWSDESK:

Prof. Palmer is a graduate of the University of London, He completed his psychiatric training primarily at St George’s Hospital Medical School where he developed his interest in eating disorders through his work with the late Arthur Crisp. He has been involved in innovative research, treatment, education, and administration in the field of eating disorders for over 40 years, the last 35 years in Leicester.

The Academy for Eating Disorders is a global professional association committed to leadership in eating disorders research, education, treatment, and prevention.

The Academy's objectives are to:

• Promote the effective treatment and care of patients with eating disorders and associated disorders

• Develop and advance initiatives for the prevention of eating disorders

• Disseminate knowledge regarding eating disorders to members of the Academy, other professionals and the general public

• Stimulate and support research in the field

• Promote multidisciplinary expertise within the Academy's membership

• Advocate for the field on behalf of patients, the public and eating disorder professionals

• Assist in the development of guidelines for training, practice and professional conduct within the field

• Identify and reward outstanding achievement and service in the field

For more information, please contact Bob Palmer via: rlp@le.ac.uk

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