WHAT WE DO
We research how altered brain function leads to changes in metabolism and feeding behavior observed in obesity.
Obesity remains one of the largest public health problems worldwide, as it decreases life quality and expectancy. The modern food environment is called obesogenic, as it promotes easy access to palatable, yet unhealthy foods. Over time, intake of this type of foods alters the brain mechanisms that regulate feeding, facilitating choice and excess intake of unpalatable foods. This contributes to an energy surplus, which is accumulated as fat and results in obesity and increased risk of chronic diseases.
We use a combination of behavioral analysis, biochemical and immunohistological techniques to study feeding behavior. We have also developed our own equipment using 3D printing and open-source electronics.