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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

Allan Geliebter

John Glendinning

Faris Zuraikat

Meeting Schedule

09/14/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Embryonic exposure to substances of abuse: Disturbances across species of neuronal development and early drug-related behaviors that later promote overconsumption
Sarah Leibowitz, The Rockefeller University

10/12/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Does discounting supermarket fresh fruits and vegetables and noncaloric beverages lead to increased intake?
Allan Geliebter, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

11/09/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Taste and smell, love and death: lessons from COVID-19
Danielle R. Reed, Monell Chemical Senses Center

12/14/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
The cephalic phase insulin response – myths and facts
Wolfgang Langhans, ETH Zürich, Schwerzenbach, Switzerland

01/18/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
4:00 PM
What can we learn from an animal model of food insecurity?
Kevin Myers, Bucknell University

02/08/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Restricted-feeding and body weight
Kelly C. Allison, Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania

03/21/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University / Zoom
4:00 PM
Development of genetic models and novel small molecule antagonists to reveal the importance of cocaine- and amphetamine-regulated transcript peptide (CARTp) in pain, stress and appetite
Willis (Rick) Samson, St. Louis University School of Medicine

04/11/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
Appetite and body weight in children and adults: behavioral and neuroimaging studies
Susan Carnell, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

05/02/2024 Cancelled--Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM