Christopher Huebel

Christopher Huebel

Dr, Dr

  • 1990

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Research interests

I am an academic clinical researcher focused on studying the genetic and environmental risk factors for eating disorders. My joint training in human medicine, psychology, and statistical genetics positioned me well to become an independent researcher and clinical academic focusing on mental health. I trained as a medical doctor at the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, with a concurrent double BSc degree in psychology in 2015. I completed my ‘practical year’ (akin to F1 in the UK system) with placements in surgery, internal medicine, and psychiatry in 2014, fully licensed to practice medicine. Currently, I have an honorary contract with the Maudsley Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, working with Dr. Rachel Bryant-Waugh establishing a national reference centre for treatment of individuals with avoidant/restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).

After moving to the United Kingdom, I did the MSc in Genes, Environment, and Development at the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London, in 2016. Subsequently, in November 2019, I graduated with a PhD in Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Research from King’s College London. Since then I have been working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Translational Neuropsychiatric Genomics team of Prof. Gerome Breen on genetics and environmental risk factors of eating disorders.

We have just launched the Eating Disorders Genetic Initiative. This is a project which aims to recruit 10,000 people in England who have experienced an eating disorder who fill in a detailed online questionnaire and who give a saliva sample for genetic analyses. EDGI has the ambitious goal of creating the world's largest re-contactable group of people with experience of an eating disorder, and who also have detailed clinical and genetic information. We want to speed up research in eating disorders to help find their causes and to identify the best treatments.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Social Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry, Doctor of Philosophy, Metabolic and Psychiatric Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa, King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2019


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