Nudge-it researchers from the Universities of Utrecht, Wageningen, Tubingen, Gothenburg, Bristol and the Helmholtz Centre, Munich, have presented their most recent work at the 2016 meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour.
The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviour (SSIB) is an organization committed to advancing scientific research on food and fluid intake and its associated biological, psychological and social processes. The Society provides a multidisciplinary environment for the free exchange of ideas and information, and serves as a resource for scientific expertise and education on topics related to the study of ingestive behaviour. visit the SSIB website
The work presented ranged from the action of the hormone Ghrelin on food choice in rodents, through the effect of water on gastric distension, to the effects of portion size on food choice- and lots more. Read all the abstracts of the work presented on the Nudge-it website.
At the conference, Professor Roger Adan, was awarded the prestigious 2016 Hoebel Award for scientific creativity for his exceptional ability to yoke sophisticated molecular and appetite methods as well as his back and forth translation between work in human and non-human subjects. This Prize is intended to honour a SSIB member, at any stage of their career, for an exceptional level of creativity and excellence in his or her research on ingestive behaviour.
Professor Adan is Professor of Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Translational Neuroscience, University Medical Centre Utrecht and Brain Centre Rudolf Magnus, Utrecht, and scientific advisor at Altrecht Eating Disorders, Rintveld.
His work is aimed at unravelling the genetic and neural pathways underlying eating disorders and obesity. Feeding is a complex behaviour that serves to control energy balance of an organism. But the homeostatic control of energy balance is challenged by higher brain centres that drive feeding of palatable foods or inhibit feeding in order to lose weight. These disruptions may contribute to development of eating disorders and obesity. Several animal models are used in which anorectic behaviour (including hyperactivity) is mimicked or in which animals become obese following exposure to palatable choice diets. Using viral vector technology, genes are either overexpressed or knocked down in these animals. Results from animal experiments are translated into clinical relevance by using a human genetics approach in which DNA from eating disorders patients and epidemiological cohorts as well as extensive phenotypic information is examined to determine genotype-phenotype relationships in humans. find out more
There was recognition too for other Nudge-it researchers:
- Maike Hege from the University of Tubingen was awarded the Harry R. Kissileff Award for best presentation by a post-doctoral reseacher.
- Annnie Zimmerman from the University of Bristol was awarded the Gerard P. Smith Award for the best oral presentation from a graduate student on human appetite control.
- Guido Camps from Wageningen University was granted a Travel Award for his work on gastric distention and its effects on appetite and brain activity