Did you know that the risk of developing an eating disorder is largely genetic? Scientists have known for some time that there is a genetic link, but now with newer technology, a lowering of the costs associated with genomic research, and cooperation around the world, we finally have the opportunity to "crack the code" and understand what makes some people more predisposed to an eating disorder. This opens the door to new insights and effective treatments.
What do we need? 25,000 DNA samples around the world. Who is going to make that happen? We are.
In the UK, we're hoping to gather at least 1,000 samples. You may be one of them. You may pay for some part of them. Wherever you are, we need YOUR help.
This is site is here to help you enroll in the study, fund-raise for the study, and share information on eating disorders, genetics, and exciting research progress.
Charlotte's Helix during Prime Minister's Questions
What is Charlotte's Helix?
Charlotte's Helix was founded in the UK to honour the eating disorder advocacy work of Charlotte Bevan. It is part of a global effort to collect DNA samples from over 25,000 individuals who have had anorexia at any time in their life, otherwise known as #AN25K.
The goal of Charlotte’s Helix is to add at least 1,000 UK DNA samples to #AN25K
(Read more here)
Meet Charlotte Bevan
Keep up with news on the project
Charlotte Bevan, fierce advocate and activist, died at home January 13, 2014. Her friends and family mourn her loss and commit to carrying on her legacy.
Fun ways to help Helix
Attend a fundraising tea or organise one yourself! Read Charlotte's book, Throwing Starfish. Sponsor or Suggest your own fun way to support Charlotte's Helix.
Read a description of being in the study by a participant
A blogger in the UK describes how, and why, she became a participant in Charlotte's Helix and AN25K.
So far, Charlotte's Helix supporters have generously donated enough funds to collect 250,000 DNA samples in the UK! Keep the donations coming: our goal is 1,000-4,000. Every $ £ ¥ € is welcome and gets us closer to our goal: let's make history together.
Who is involved?
Charlotte's Helix is a collaboration
by individuals and organizations
who believe in Charlotte's dream
of bringing AN25K to the UK. Join us!
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the Charlotte's Helix Managing Trustees