OBM Neurobiology is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. By design, the scope of OBM Neurobiology is broad, so as to reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the field of Neurobiology that interfaces biology with the fundamental and clinical neurosciences. As such, OBM Neurobiology embraces rigorous multidisciplinary investigations into the form and function of neurons and glia that make up the nervous system, either individually or in ensemble, in health or disease. OBM Neurobiology welcomes original contributions that employ a combination of molecular, cellular, systems and behavioral approaches to report novel neuroanatomical, neuropharmacological, neurophysiological and neurobehavioral findings related to the following aspects of the nervous system: Signal Transduction and Neurotransmission; Neural Circuits and Systems Neurobiology; Nervous System Development and Aging; Neurobiology of Nervous System Diseases (e.g., Developmental Brain Disorders; Neurodegenerative Disorders).

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Special Issue

Neurobiological Underpinnings of Anorexia Nervosa

Submission Deadline: June 30, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Sarah Maguire, PhD

InsideOut Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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Research Interests: Eating Disorders, Neuropsychology; Psychopathology; Creativity and Innovation; User Experience; Health System Reform; Anorexia Nervosa

About This Topic

Anorexia nervosa, is a type of eating disorder, is characterized by weight loss (or lack of appropriate weight gain in growing children); difficulties maintaining an appropriate body weight for height, age, and stature; and, in many individuals, distorted body image. Anorexia nervosa is a psychological and potentially life-threatening eating disorder, can cause extreme and dangerous eating behaviorsis. These extreme eating behaviors cause other serious health problems and sometimes death. Anorexia is more common among girls and women than boys and men. In one recent study, 13% of American women over 50 had signs of an eating disorder. In addition, studies have found that many people with anorexia also have other mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. In this special edition, we invite submissions that show case new, inventive and original approaches to longstanding issues in anorexia nervosa assessment, treatment and research. Original research reports, review articles, communications, and perspectives are welcome in all areas pertinent to this topic. All accepted papers will be published free of charge.

Planned Papers

Title: Dopaminergic activity and exercise behavior in Anorexia nervosa
Authors: Sasha Gorrell, Daniel Le Grange
Affiliation: University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States

Title: Neural Response to High and Low Energy Food Images in Anorexia Nervosa
Authors: Nasim Foroughi 1, Brooke Donnelly 2, Mark Williams 3, Michael Kohn 4, Simon Clarke 4, Perminder Sachdev 5, Stephen Touyz 2, Sloane Madden 6, Phillipa Hay 1,7
1. School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia
2. School of Psychology, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
3. Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW, Australia
4. Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, Westmead Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia
5. Discipline of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, NSW, Australia
6. Department of Psychological Medicine, Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Sydney, NSW, Australia
7. Translational Health Research Institute, School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, NSW Australia

Title: Chew and Spit (CHSP) in the context of Anorexia Nervosa: parallels and divergences
Authors: Phillip Aouad 1, Kristin Stedal 2
1. University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
2. Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

Title: Electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation in the treatment of severe anorexia nervosa
Authors: Amanda Baker 1, Lisa McMurray 2
1. University of Vienna, Austria and University of Ottawa, Canada
2. FRCPC,The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Canada

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted through the LIDSEN Submission System. Detailed information on manuscript preparation and submission is available in the Instructions for Authors. All submitted articles will be thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process and will be processed following the Editorial Process and Quality Control policy. Upon acceptance, the article will be immediately published in a regular issue of the journal and will be listed together on the special issue website, with a label that the article belongs to the Special Issue. LIDSEN distributes articles under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) License in an open-access model. The authors own the copyright to the article, and the article can be free to access, distribute, and reuse provided that the original work is correctly cited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). Research articles and review articles are highly invited. Authors are encouraged to send the tentative title and abstract of the planned paper to the Editorial Office (neurobiology@lidsen.com) for record. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Editorial Office.

Welcome your submission!


Open Access Review

Psilocybin as a Novel Pharmacotherapy for Treatment-Refractory Anorexia Nervosa

Received: 08 April 2021;  Published: 24 June 2021;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2102102


Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a major health problem with one of the highest mortalities and treatment costs of any psychiatric condition. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is currently the most widely used treatment for AN in adults but provides remission rates ≤ 50%. Treatment drop-out is exceedingly high and those that persevere [...]
Open Access Communication

Exploring Potential Neurobiological Parallels of Restrictive Behaviour: Anorexia Nervosa and Chew and Spit (CHSP)

Received: 05 May 2020;  Published: 18 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2003070


Consensus for where along the eating disorder spectrum the pathological eating behaviour of Chew and Spit (CHSP) falls has been a point of contention in academic literature. Using the case of Mary1, a 30 year old female from Australia who has engaged in excessive restrictive behaviour, was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa [...]
Open Access Review

Neurostimulation Approaches in the Treatment of Severe Anorexia Nervosa

Received: 04 May 2020;  Published: 07 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2003069


Psychiatry is seeking interventions that could reliably sustain weight gain and psychosomatic recovery of patients with severe anorexia nervosa (AN). Currently, patients with AN, even after receiving individually-tailored therapeutic interventions, often relapse following marginal weight restoration. Also, the evidence regarding the effectiven [...]
Open Access Review

Neurochemical System Involved in Anorexia Nervosa

Received: 19 November 2019;  Published: 13 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2002055


Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder, the etiopathogenesis of which is still not fully understood. Currently, the most accredited model is a multifactorial model, which involves interaction between predisposing factors of biological nature, partly genetically determined, and psychological/personological and environmental socio-cultural [...]
Open Access Review

Dopaminergic Activity and Exercise Behavior in Anorexia Nervosa

Received: 03 December 2019;  Published: 23 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.neurobiol.2001053


Driven exercise (i.e., the tendency to exercise in excess to influence weight/shape or regulate emotion) is difficult to manage in the context of anorexia nervosa, and is associated with poorer treatment outcomes, and psychological and medical severity. Driven exercise is observed in a considerable number of those diagnosed with anorexia nervo [...]