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Neurobiology of eating behaviours

Research group
Active research
Project owner
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology

Financier
Swedish Research Council, Hjärnfonden, Novonordisk, ALF Gothenburg

Short description

Our main focus is to unravel the neuronal pathways responding to environmental and intrinsic signals that regulate feeding behaviours
- Gut-brain axis
- The ghrelin signalling system
- The neurobiology of eating disorders and obesity
- Eating behaviours (appetitive and consummatory)
- Hunger, appetite and food cues
- Nutrition and brain health

Our Research

Our primary research interest is the neurobiology of appetite with particular emphasis on understanding how food intake and feeding behavior is controlled. We are interested in disease mechanisms that lead to obesity and eating disorders.

One major focus is to determine the effects of endocrine and metabolic signals, such as ghrelin, on brain networks that control food intake. These brain networks include pathways involved in energy balance, reward and emotion.

We have active research programs that pursue the physiological brain targets for the circulating hormone, ghrelin, and to understand how the brain ghrelin signalling system may be developed as a therapeutic target. We combine classical behavioural studies with electrophysiology, neuroanatomy and molecular biology with a view to better understand biological events at the level of the organism.

Group members

Professor Suzanne L Dickson, Principal Investigator
Dr Tina Bake, Post-doctoral researcher
Dr Erik Schéle, Post-doctoral researcher
Dr Fiona Peris-Sampedro, Post-doctoral researcher
Marie Le May, Doctoral student
Iris Stoltenborg, Doctoral student
Professor Roger Adan