The mission of the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute is to improve the health status of individuals. This will be done by establishing and maintaining affiliations with core partners to create a center of excellence in the neurosciences that will enhance clinical expertise through education, research and service.
Over the last 20 years, research at NRI has focused on the related topics of eating disorders, obesity, and outcomes of bariatric surgery. These topics all share a focus on eating behavior, weight related problems, and associated behavioral and biological processes and disturbances. Studies related to eating disorders have focused on clarifying factors which lead to the development of eating disorders and the continuation of such disorders over protracted periods of time. Additionally, there has been a long standing interest in the development of new treatments for eating disorders. Studies of bariatric surgery and obesity have focused on the long term outcomes related to bariatric surgery, including the safety of the surgery, and the prediction of various post-surgical problems, such as psychiatric disorders and substance abuse. Additionally, this research has focused on changes in the way that drugs are metabolized and other biological changes following bariatric surgery.