News in 2023


Congress news!

Today, Danielle gave her first presentation at the European Council on Eating Disorders (ECED) in Leiden! She presented our trEATsmart mobile application for app-supported CBT for obesity and binge-eating disorder.

Congratulations, Danielle - have a great and inspiring congress time!

Danielle Schewe ECED Leiden



As you may have already seen, the paper by our MD student Dominik has been published (open access). Congratulation!

Düplois, D., Brosig, L., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., Hilbert, A., Schlensog-Schuster, F., & Schmidt, R. (2023). Distribution and clinical comparison of restrictive feeding and eating disorders using ICD-10 and ICD-11 criteria. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 56, 1717–1729.


Anja on the radio!

Here you can find the link to an interview on obesity in children and adolescents Anja gave for the radio show WDR 5 - Quarks Research and more. Have a listen!



Excitedly we received our little pottery works of art. Impressive, isn't it? But, of course, we remain faithful to research and continue pottery as a hobby.



Congress news!

Anja attended the 29th Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorder Research Society (EDRS) in Boston, met dear colleagues, and returned with valuable research impulses. Here you see Anja presenting her study on multivariate trajectories of eating and weight disorders in adolescents in the session of top-rated abstracts. For this study, she collaborated with colleagues from the LIFE Child study, a large population-based study on civilization diseases.

Hilbert, A., Poulain, T., Hiemisch, A., & Kiess, W. (2023). Multivariate trajectories of eating and weight disorder symptoms in 10-17 year old children and adolescents. Oral presentation of the Top-rated abstract at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Eating Disorders Research Society, September 2023, Boston, USA 



From paper to pottery!

Our team had a great afternoon at Werk 2! The pottery experience had something meditative - like writing papers. Check out the amazing clay works that were created (they are not finished yet, we will reveal the final results soon). 



In the media!

Maybe you read one or the other newspaper in the last weeks and came across an interview with Anja Hilbert? In fact, there have been a number of media reports with Anja lately. Under media coverage you can find an overview of our media appearances on topics such as parenting and dealing with childhood eating disorders and obesity, semaglutide, or binge eating. Enjoy!


XXIXth Annual Meeting of the EDRS: Top-rated abstract!

We are delighted that our abstract on multivariate trajectories of eating and weight disorder symptoms in 10-17-year olds by Anja Hilbert and colleagues is among the top-rated abstracts at this year's congress of the Eating Disorder Research Society in Boston. The results will be presented on September 9. Hope to see you there!


Prof. Guido Frank in Leipzig!

Why does my child not eat? Prof. Guido Frank explored this fundamental question and gave us an impressive insight into his neurophysiological research!

Thank you very much. We hope to have you back here soon.

Guido Frank in Leipzig, July 2023
Guido Frank in Leipzig, July 2023
Guido Frank in Leipzig, July 2023


Keep calm!

Look how beautiful our view from the office window can be. The bunnies of the psychotherapy ward spread a lot of calmness.



New paper!

Congratulations to our PhD student Sonja. In her study, recently published in Obesity Facts, she examined how the preference for obesity surgery changed over 1 year of behavioral weight-loss treatment (BWLT), and what patient factors were associated with these changes. As an important clinical implication, the paper showed that it is not less % total body weight loss that was related to receiving obesity surgery in patients with a preference for obesity surgery, but higher initial and final BMI before/after BWLT. Much pleasure reading!

Sauerbrey, S. E., Schmidt, R., Schlögl, H., Blüher, M., Dietrich, A., & Hilbert, A. (2023). Patient-related predictors for seeking and receiving obesity surgery. Obesity Facts, 10.1159/000531353. Advance online publication.


Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Leipzig 2023

Ready for the Long Night of the Sciences?

We are! As part of the Long Night of Science in Leipzig on June 23, we will give an interesting talk "Mit dem Smartphone app-nehmen!?" at 6:30pm and 7:30pm in lecture hall 9 of Leipzig University (Universitätsstraße 3, 04109 Leipzig). Further information about the free event can be found here. Hope to see you!


Paper alert!

The paper of our PhD student Dominik and colleagues is out today (as open access). The paper is about the new ICD-11 criteria for restrictive eating disorders and their effects on the distribution and clinical characteristics of restrictive feeding and eating disorders in ICD-10 and ICD-11. Check it out!

Düplois, D., Brosig, L., Hiemisch, A., Kiess, W., Hilbert, A., Schlensog-Schuster, F., & Schmidt, R. (2023). Distribution and clinical comparison of restrictive feeding and eating disorders using ICD-10 and ICD-11 criteria. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 10.1002/eat.23994. Advance online publication.


In the newspaper!

If you open the "Welt am Sonntag" today, you can read a contribution by Anja Hilbert on the opportunities and challenges of semaglutide. Worth reading!


Presentation announcement!

The 2nd Deutscher Psychotherapie Kongress (German Psychotherapy Congress) is close! Anja Hilbert and Sarah Rösch will represent us on the topic of neurofeedback for binge-eating disorder in Berlin. 

The following oral presentations will be held on Mai 11th, 8.30 - 10.00am:

- Neurofeedback für die Binge-Eating-Störung: Ein exploratorischer randomisiert-kontrollierter Vergleich von funktioneller Nahinfrarotspektroskopie und Elektroenzephalographie by Anja Hilbert, Ricarda Schmidt, David Petroff, Christiane Prettin, Ann-Christine Ehlis, Michael Lührs, Sarah Rösch

- Predictors of Neurofeedback Treatment Outcome in BED: An Exploratory Study by Sarah A. Rösch, Ricarda Schmidt, Anja Hilbert

See you in Berlin!


Changing perspectives!

We would love to book this fantastic seminar room more often! #Paulinum P901

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Main talk by Anja Hilbert at the DGVT congress!

Today, Anja Hilbert gives an invited talk on psychotherapy for binge-eating disorder at the 32nd Congress for Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, and Consulting of the German Society for Behavior Therapy in Berlin! 

DGVT congress 2023_Hilbert


Presentation announcement!

Today, the 13th Vienna Congress on Eating Disorders starts (hybrid)! Tomorrow morning, Ricarda will give a presentation on "Avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID), rumination disorder, and pica". You should not miss it!


Not in the park, but in the dark!

Here are some impressions from our mini golf indoor training last week.

Congratulations to Anja Hilbert for the unchallenged victory. 

Anja Hilbert and part of her team
Sarah Abschlag Loch 9
Frau Hilbert Abschlag Loch 12_2


We are hiring!

We are looking for a research assistant in our NOBEAD project (start April 2023). Join our team and apply. Click here for more information!


Virtual press briefing!

"Semaglutide & co. – diabetes injections for weight loss?" Anja Hilbert and two research colleagues answered questions on this topic in a virtual press briefing. Take a look at the fascinating article and video!


We are busy. Here we are discussing during our weekly team meeting.

Team meeting by Anja Hilbert and her team of Behavioral Medicine Research Unit



We wish all patients, colleagues, cooperation partners, and interested readers a healthy and happy new year. We are very excited about our current and upcoming research projects.

New year - new publication: Here you can check out our recent publication by Lars Julius Breinker et al. who examined predictors for success and adherence in a multimodal obesity treatment for children and adolescents. They found that greater treatment success was predicted by a younger age, treatment initiation before the COVID-19 pandemic, and greater eating disorder psychopathology. For treatment adherence, only treatment initiation before the COVID-19 pandemic significantly predicted treatment adherence.

Tuschen-Caffier, B. & Hilbert, A. (Eds.) (2022). Ratgeber Binge-Eating-Störung. Informationen für Betroffene und Angehörige. [Handbook on binge-eating disorder]. Göttingen: Hogrefe, ISBN 978-3-80-172225-8.