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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 ingestive behavior such as obesity, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, and diabetes; 3) the role of the brain from pharmacological, 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. To be added to our mailing list and receive monthly communications on the Appetitive Behavior seminars, please contact us at

Professor John Glendinning

Faris Zuraikat

Meeting Schedule

09/09/2021 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
Neural Circuits for Gut-Brain Communication
Ivan de Araujo, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

10/07/2021 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
Adaptive control of food intake
Nicholas Betley, University of Pennsylvania

11/11/2021 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
Maintaining lean body mass during weight loss: Is there a role for chromium picolinate?
Danielle Greenberg, Nutrition21 LLC

12/09/2021 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
Changes in brain response to high and low- calorie food cues pre- to post-RYGB and Sleeve Gastrectomy
Allan Geliebter, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

01/20/2022 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
Behavioral metrics of reward learning in nonhuman primates
Peter Kaskan, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

02/03/2022 Online Meeting
4:00 PM
The Role of Weight History in Bulimia Nervosa: New Biological and Psychopathological Findings Support a Developmental Model of Weight Suppression
Michael Lowe, Drexel University

03/10/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Human eating rate - meaning, metrics and methodology
Kathleen Melanson, University of Rhode Island

04/07/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Attachment orientation, body weight and bariatric surgery
Laura Wilkinson, Swansea University (Wales, UK)

05/12/2022 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Neuropeptides in the paraventricular thalamus and binge-like eating
Jessica Barson, Drexel University