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HEDS October Meeting: Understanding the Adolescent Brain in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
October 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Understanding the Adolescent Brain in the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS
Sponsored by the Eating Recovery Center
This presentation will review 3 concepts of the current understanding of brain development. The first is proliferation and pruning as the brain grows via enhancement of gray matter and white matter. The second is sequential maturation and fully coming online of different areas of the brain and how this may help clinicians understand emotion regulation. Third, how environmental and hormonal influences may affect brain development. In addition, how this may be applied to the treatment of eating disorders in children and adolescents will be discussed.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will:
1. Better understand the impact of adequate or inadequate nutrition on brain proliferation and pruning
2. Be able to discuss how amygdala predominance during mid adolescence can lead to enhanced impulsivity and emotional reactivity
3. Share with patients and families how important weight normalization is in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa in adolescents
About Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, F.iaedp, CEDS
Ovidio Bermudez, M.D. is the Medical Director of Child & Adolescent Services and Chief Clinical Education Officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. He holds academic appointments as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine and University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He is Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
Dr. Bermudez is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Academy for EatingDisorders, and the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals. He is Past Chairman and currently Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, CoFounder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) and Cofounder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA). He is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and training supervisor by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.
Dr Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating pathology across the lifespan, obesity, and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare. He has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication, advocacy, professional achievement and clinical excellence in the field of eating disorders.
Location: Masraff’s at 1753 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056