Appetitive Behavior

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This seminar is comprised of professors, research scientists, and physicians from institutions of higher learning and industry in the greater New York area with a common interest in the biological and behavioral bases of appetitive behavior. Four major areas of interest are found within the group: 1) the control of food and fluid intake in man and animals and their effects on variation in body composition; 2) disorders with links to inges- tive behavior such as obesity, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and diabetes; 3) the role of the brain from pharmaco- logical, physiological, and neuroanatomical perspectives on the control of ingestive behavior; 4) cognitive, social, and environmental controls of ingestive behavior. The seminar thus combines interests in basic control mechanisms with clinical applications.

Allan Geliebter
Associate Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, St Luke’s Hospital

Harry R. Kissileff
Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry and Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University

Musya Herzog

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/10/2015 Alvin Ibarra
5:00 PM
Challenges Conducting Meta-Analysis of Visual Analogue Scales: A Case Study Using Polydextrose

10/08/2015 Charles Mobbs
5:00 PM
Hypothalamic CBP/Histone Acetyl Transferase Regulates Nutrient Balance and Aging.

11/12/2015 Allan Geliebter
5:00 PM
How Does Price Reduction of Supermarket Fruits and Vegetables Influence Purchasing, Intake, and Body Weight?

12/10/2015 Thomas Lutz
5:00 PM
Physiology and Pathology of Amylin in the Control of Eating and Body Weight.

01/21/2016 Laurel Mayer
5:00 PM
ating Behavior and the FTO Gene in Healthy Kids.

02/18/2016 Aron Weller
7:00 PM
An Epigenetic Mechanism for Diet- induced Obesity

03/03/2016 Heewon Lee Gray
5:00 PM
Mediation Effect of the Psychosocial Factors on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption in Youth.

04/07/2016 Ashley Gearhardt
5:00 PM
The Intersection of Addiction and Eating.

1:00 PM
Symposium honoring Anthony Sclafani. Honorary Chair: Karen Ackroff.

Notes: Speakers:

Joseph R. Vasselli, New York Obesity Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.
"Tony's Early Contributions - The Obesity Years.”

Gerard P. Smith, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY. “Sclafani and the Phases of Obesity”

Richard Bodnar, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY.
"Merging Preferences, Pharmacology, Brain Sites and Genetic Variance."

Alan C. Spector, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
"Behavioral Adventures in the World of the Gustatory System"

Gary J. Schwartz, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY.
“Gut-Brain Nutrient Sensing in Food Reward”

John I. Glendinning, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, NY. "Chemosensory Mechanisms Underlying the
Attraction to Carbohydrates and Fats"

Kevin Myers, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA.
"The Convergence of Psychology and Neurobiology in Flavor-Nutrient

Harry Kissileff, New York Obesity Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY.
"A Sipometer for
Measuring Reward Value in Humans"
05/26/2016 Marie-Pierre St. Onge
5:00 PM
Sleep and Food Intake