• FREED played a major role in recruiting subjects for the Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) – the largest genetics study on eating disorders that has ever been undertaken anywhere in the world. This research is determining the genes that cause or increase the risk of developing eating disorders.
  • FREED has developed a partnership with Walden Behavioral Care (WBC) whereby the Foundation has access to a unique, large and growing patient population that is accessible for research studies, clinical trials, development of patient registries, sample collection and resource building.
  • FREED has several innovative studies under development or execution to advance discoveries in eating disorders. For example, we are collaborating with researchers at other academic institutions to determine the relationship between eating disorders and factors such as heart rate variability and genetics.


  • The Foundation’s Prevention Education Program has provided authoritative and evidence-based information on eating disorders to over 5,500 individuals in New England. This program has helped to increase awareness, reduce the stigma associated with these conditions, and provide valuable resources to elementary through high school aged school children.
  • FREED’s annual conference, which started in 2013, brings together hundreds of healthcare providers/professionals to share latest clinical advances, research breakthroughs and treatment innovations in eating disorders; promote networking and collaboration; and stimulate interest in the field.


  • FREED provides limited assistance to individuals with eating disorders and their families. This has helped with travel, food and hospital bills to alleviate barriers to treatment access.
  • FREED is very proud to have been selected and entrusted by foundations and families, such as Lisa’s Light of Hope and the Center for New Concepts in Eating Disorder Recovery, to manage their funds aimed at helping individuals with eating disorders.