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.

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

Dr. Allan Geliebter
Senior Research Scientist, Psychiatry, Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital

Dr. Ari Shechter



09/12/2013 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Use of a dopamine reuptake inhibitor in modeling binge eating in obese women
Jennifer Nasser, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

10/03/2013 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Role of Sex Hormones in Modulating Metabolism
Deborah Clegg, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX

11/07/2013 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Sleep and Food Intake Regulation
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, New York, NY

12/05/2013 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Food cues and obesity
C. Peter Herman, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Janet Polivy, University of Toronto

01/23/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Homeostasis: Relationship with Specific Appetites and Behavioral Sensitization
Laurival A De Luca Jr., São Paulo State University, São Paulo, Brazil

02/06/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Neural vulnerability factors that predict future weight gain
Eric Stice, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR

03/06/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Evidence of Intercommunication within Brain Reward Areas in the Control of Meal Size
Patricia Miner, Queens College, City University of New York, Queens, NY

04/03/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
The Role of Current and Historical Weight in Eating Disorders
Michael Lowe, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

05/01/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Estrogens affect peripheral and central eating controls in a rat RYGB model
Lori Asarian, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

05/29/2014 Faculty House
5:00 PM
Visceral sensory signaling/satiety
Linda Rinaman, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA