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Andreas Karwautz Andreas Karwautz, MDHead of Eating Disorders Unit, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Position: Professor

ORCID: 0000-0001-9053-998X
T +43 1 40400 30120

Further Information


child and adolescent psychiatry; Eating Disorders; Feeding and Eating Disorders of Childhood; Genetics; Migraine Disorders; Pharmacovigilance; Psychotherapy

Research group(s)

Research interests

My research team is dealing with all aspects of eating disorders with a special emphasis on anorexia nervosa in adolescence. Biological, psychological, psychiatric, and psychosocial research is performed in young people including children, adolescents and young adults. Child psychiatric epidemiology, quality assurance in psychopharmacological treatments (therapeutic drug monitoring), internet-based treatments, microbiota- interventions, preevention measures for health issues, and migraine in children and adoelscents are main research topics of this interdisciplinary team over recent years.


  • Microbiota and the brain-gut axis in anorexia nervosa (2019)
    Source of Funding: FWF (Austrian Science Fund), ERANET-Neuron 2018
    Principal Investigator
  • ICare - Integrating Technology into Mental Health Care Delivery in Europe (project partner) (2014)
    Source of Funding: EU, H2020-PHC-2014
    Principal Investigator
  • SUCCEAT: Supporting Carers of Children and Adolescents with Eating Disorders (2014)
    Source of Funding: PHARMIG, Gemeinsame Gesundheitsziele aus dem Rahmen-Pharmavertrag
    Principal Investigator
  • Mental Health in Austrian Teenagers (MHAT) (2012)
    Source of Funding: PHARMIG, gemeinsame Gesundheitsziele aus dem Rahmen - Pharmavertrag
    Principal Investigator
  • Essstörungen bei speziellen internistischen/pädiatrischen Krankheiten: Kurze Validierung eines Screeninginstrumentes und Kontrolluntersuchung zur Spezifität (2004)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Anniversary Fund
    Principal Investigator
  • Juveniler Diabetes mellitus und Essstörungen (2001)
    Source of Funding: OeNB (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Anniversary Fund
    Principal Investigator

Selected publications

  1. Karwautz, A.F.K. et al., 2010. Gene-environment interaction in anorexia nervosa: relevance of non-shared environment and the serotonin transporter gene. Mol Psychiatry, 16(6), pp.590-592. Available at:
  2. De Sousa, S.C. et al., 2007. A dopamine D4 receptor exon 3 VNTR allele protecting against migraine without aura. Ann Neurol., 61(6), pp.574-578. Available at:
  3. Watson HJ, …. Karwautz A, Wagner G,…. Sullivan PF, Breen G, Bulik CM. Genome-wide association study identifies eight risk loci and implicates metabo-psychiatric origins for anorexia nervosa. Nat Genet. 2019 Jul 15.
  4. Brainstorm Consortium. Analysis of shared heritability in common neurological and psychiatric disorders. Science. 2018 Jun 22;360(6395).
  5. Karwautz, A. et al., 1999. Psychosocial Factors in Children and Adolescents with Migraine and Tension-Type Headache: A Controlled Study and Review of the Literature. Cephalalgia, 19(1), pp.32-43. Available at: