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CURCA: Neuroscience of Macronutrient Preference and Food Choice

Posted by Tim on November 29, 2016 in Academics, Research Information and Opportunities

Obesity is a highly prevalent disease for which we have few effective, non-invasive treatment options. One possible strategy to induce lasting weight loss is to combine pharmacotherapy with a behavioral intervention, for instance by coupling an anti-obesity drug with particular dietary recommendations. However, our understanding of the neural mechanisms driving food choice is limited. This project will use a rodent model to evaluate differences in the preference for palatable macronutrients (fat and carbohydrate) and to test how the activity of specific reward-related nuclei in the brain alters food choice.

Research Project Information

Disciplines: Nutrition, Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology
Student Skill-Set Needed: Reliable, detail-oriented, able to work independently. Position requires hands-on work with rats. Student should have at least 6 hours/week available to work in the lab. Previous laboratory experience is preferred but not required.
Compensation: Academic Credit, Volunteer
Available: Spring, Summer


For further information on this opportunity, or to apply, contact:

Faculty Member: Elizabeth Mietlicki-Baase
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Exercise And Nutrition Sciences
Office: G10G Farber Hall
Phone: 716-645-9156