Published: 06-02-2018 09:24 | Updated: 19-02-2018 13:43

Dissertation 9 March 2018: Shuyang Yao

On Friday March 9, Shuyang Yao will defend her thesis "Genetic and environmental influences on eating disorders and associated adversities and comorbidities". Her opponent will be Professor Ilona Koupil from the Centre for Health Equity Studies at Stockholm University. Shuyang's supervisors are Henrik Larsson, Cynthia Bulik and Ralf Kuja-Halkola.

Eating disorders (EDs), including anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN), are severe psychiatric disorders. Adversities (including suicide) and comorbidities have been illustrated in clinical observations with varying sample sizes, but evidence from large epidemiological research is still lacking. Further, the mechanisms underlying the observed associations remain largely unclear. Taking advantage of the unique Swedish national registries, Shuyang's thesis aims to examine the associations between EDs and between EDs and potential adversities and comorbidities at population level and deepen the understanding of the mechanisms underlying these associations using genetically informative study designs.

Time and location: 09:00, March 9 2018 in the lecture hall Farmakologi, Nanna Svartz väg 2, Karolinska Institutet, Solna