Order of the Chocolate Fish

On 1 April 2010, Ms. Colie Taico was inducted into the Order of the Chocolate Fish. This award is given to a staff or faculty member who went above and beyond the call of duty in her or his dedication to work in the Eating Disorders Program. Colie is a social worker with the program whose professional heart rests in the delivery of psychotherapy. She serves as a therapist on the UCAN clinical trial and the CBT4BN clinical trial. Her OCF award is, however, not based on her psychotherapeutic skills (although they would also be deserving). Around mid-winter, Colie stepped out on a limb and offered to coordinate an intensive effort to recruit participants for our global genetics initiative (Genetic Consortium for Anorexia Nervosa). Now, Colie is not a genetics expert, but she went the extra mile to learn enough to be able to coordinate this effort. We posed a huge challenge which was recruiting 100 participants who would be willing to donate their DNA to this international effort. And…drum roll…she did it! UNC now has their first 100 additional samples to contribute to this effort. Not only have her efforts contributed to GCAN, but the fact that she worked the system out also helped convince the Foundation of Hope that we could accomplish this task and they have provided us with a grant to collect 300! So, Welcome Colie to the Order of the Chocolate Fish! You join a distinguished list of UNC Eating Disorders staff who have gone the extra mile to elevate the UNC Eating Disorders Program. Thanks also to those wonderful 100 people who have rolled up their sleeves for science and contributed DNA. We look forward to updating you on the progress of the project soon!