Suzanne Dickson


Department of Physiology
Visiting address
Medicinaregatan 11
41390 Göteborg
Room number
Postal address
Box 432
SE-40530 Göteborg

About Suzanne Dickson

Academic Positions

Professor of Physiology/Neuroendocrinology, The University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Honorary Professor in the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh


Suzanne L Dickson is a neurobiologist and Professor of Neuroendocrinology at the University of Gothenburg. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a B.Sc. (honours) in Pharmacology and with a Ph.D. in Neuroendocrinology from the University of Cambridge in 1993, where she later became Senior Lecturer in Physiology. She is a leading figure in neuroendocrinology and works within many European Union and international organisations and societies to promote research, facilitate grant funding and training of Early Career Scientists. Her research into the neurobiology of appetite aims to unravel neurobiological pathways that respond to orexigenic signals, such as the hormone, ghrelin, and that drive feeding behaviours, not only food intake but also food choice, food anticipation, food reward and food motivation. This work involves mostly preclinical studies and includes behavioural tasks, viral vector mapping, chemogenetics and RNAscope. She is President of the European Brain Council, Secretary and Executive Board member of the European College for Neuropsychopharmacology, and also chairs ECNP's Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe. She also is founder and co-chair of ECNP’s nutrition network and EBRA’s BRAINFOOD cluster.

Scientific Boards

  • President of EBC (European Brain Council; 2023-) and Board member (2017-)
  • Secretary of ECNP (European College of Neuropsychopharmacology; 2020-) and ECNP Executive Committee member (2016-)
  • Chair of the ECNP Committee for the Workshop for Early Career Scientists in Europe (2020-2022) and committee member (2014-)
  • Chair of the Programme Committee for the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology ICN2022
  • Member of the Executive Committee for SSIB (Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour, 2016-2019)
  • Member of the Programme Committee of SSIB (2018-2020)
  • Member of the Executive Council for the International Federation for Neuroendocrinology (INF; 2014-2022)
  • Member of the ECNP Networks Taskforce (2017-)
  • Founder and co-chair of the ECNP Nutrition network (2017-)
  • Founder and co-chair of BRAINFOOD, an EBRA (European Brain Research Area) cluster of the European Brain Council.
  • Member of the Board of FENS (2020-)

Research group

Neurobiology of eating behaviours

Editorial Boards

  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2020-)
  • Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Neuroscience Applied (2021-)
  • Associate Editor: Neuroendocrinology (2014-2020)
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Neuroendocrine Science (2021-)
  • Associate Editor: Frontiers in Nutrition (2014-2018)
  • Book Editor: Masterclass in Neuroendocrinology: Neuroendocrinology of Appetite (Co-editing with Prof Julian Mercer)
  • Editorial Board: Neuroendocrinology (1994-2020), Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2015-), American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology (2015-), Physiological Reports (2013-), Endocrinology (2016-2020), Behavioural Pharmacology (2020-).
  • Editor of a Special Issue of the International Journal of Molecular Sciences on “ Neurobiological perspectives on ghrelin”, published in 2017.
  • Editor (together with Julie Chowen) for a special issue of the journal Neuroscience on “Neuroscience of appetite, metabolism and obesity” (published late in 2019).