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About the Center for Obesity Reversal

The Center for Obesity Reversal at Georgia State fosters research projects to help fight and reverse the growing obesity epidemic in the U.S. and around the world. Obesity is a disease of enormous proportions that has a huge health burden as well as an economic one, costing the U.S. billions of dollars in healthcare costs.

Researchers from diverse backgrounds will focus on two ways to reduce obesity, decreasing food intake and increasing energy expenditure, with a primary focus on the mechanisms underlying the control of food intake and energy expenditure.

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Timothy Bartness

14-0070 center for obesity reversal Timothy Bartness In Memoriam, 1953-2015

Timothy Bartness was a world-renowned obesity researcher and founding director of the Center for Obesity Reversal. Also a Regents’ Professor, Bartness  studied obesity for more than 30 years.

He was passionate about tackling and reversing the nation’s obesity epidemic by using a basic science approach. Bartness directed researchers in the center to study two ways to reduce obesity, decreasing food intake and increasing energy expenditure, with a primary focus on the mechanisms underlying the control of food intake and energy expenditure.

His lab focuses on how the brain communicates with adipose tissue (fat) through the sympathetic nervous system and how fat communicates with the brain through the sensory nervous system, a bidirectional communication that seems to be responsible for controlling the breakdown of fat and functioning as the principal way mammals decrease their body fat. He was also interested in the brain chemicals that control food acquisition and storage, behaviors that can lead to obesity. He uncovered a number of neurochemical factors that promote food hoarding in non-human animal models.

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Mission

We promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research focused on obesity and related diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic inflammation and some cancers.

Breast Cancer Risk

Obese postmenopausal women have a 50 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer than non-obese women.

Diet Effects On Memory

Researchers are studying how excess intake of sugar and fat reduces functioning of the hippocampus, which in turn, can affect energy intake.

Obesity and Diabetes

Diabetes, the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S, is a severe disease closely linked with obesity.