Neurobiology of Obesity
Neurobiology of energy balance and clinical studies on non-homeostatic (extra-hypothalamic) contributions to obesity and diabetes.
The Neurobiology of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases program encompasses research on the regulation of body composition and peripheral metabolism by the brain. Specific areas of support within this area include neurotransmitters, neuropeptides and their receptors involved in regulating feeding behavior, energy sensing, satiety, and energy expenditure; interactions between the brain and peripheral metabolic signals, e.g., insulin, leptin, glucocorticoids, ghrelin; the neural integration of endocrine and metabolic signals; neural plasticity and functional remodeling associated with obesity and metabolic diseases, and the early development of neural networks that control feeding, satiety and peripheral metabolism.
NIDDK Program Staff
- Brad Cooke, Ph.D. Developmental Neuroendocrinology, Electrophysiology, and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Diana Cummings, Ph.D. Gut-Brain Interactions in Nutrition and Obesity; Nutrient Sensing; Gastrointestinal Interoception; Neurobiology of Nausea and Vomiting
- Theresa Teslovich Woo, Ph.D. Human behavior, developmental cognitive neuroscience, and brain-based mechanisms involved in obesity and diabetes
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Toward ElucidAting MechanismS of HIV Pathogenesis within the Mission of the NIDDK (Pathogenesis TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Implementation Science to Advance Maternal Health and Maternal Health Equity for the IMPROVE initiative
Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NIDDK K01/K08/K23/K25 Recipients (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)
Catalyst Award for Early-Stage Investigators (ESIs) Pursuing Research on HIV Comorbidities, Coinfections, and Complications (DP1- Clinical Trial Optional)
Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
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