- Grad Student Awarded $26K from American Heart Association The American Heart Association awarded a $26,000 Predoctoral Fellowship grant to Emily Bruggeman, a Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Bingzhong Xue’s lab, for her dissertation research project titled “The Role of DNA Methyltransferase 1 in Energy Regulation and Obesity.” The American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship provides funding for doctoral students who are conducting research broadly… more » The post Grad Student Awarded $26K from American Heart Association appeared first on Research.News
- Brain Receptors for Hunger Hormone Control Food Intake, Neuroscience Researchers FindActivating receptors in the brain for the body’s hunger hormone increases food-related behaviors, such as gathering, storing and consuming food, a finding that has implications for the treatment of obesity, according to researchers at Georgia State University. Their study suggests that stimulating brain receptors for ghrelin, a hormone that increases appetite, by injecting ghrelin into… more » The post Brain Receptors for Hunger Hormone Control Food Intake, Neuroscience Researchers Find appeared first on Research.News
- Consuming Sweets May Control Eating HabitsEating sweet foods causes the brain to form a memory of a meal, according to researchers at Georgia State University, Georgia Regents University and Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. The findings, published online in the journal Hippocampus, show that neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory,… more » The post Consuming Sweets May Control Eating Habits appeared first on Research.News
- A Record-Breaking Year For ResearchA Record-Breaking Year for Georgia State Research Annual research awards of $101 million received in fiscal year 2015 at Georgia State University exceeded the $100 million milestone for the first time in the university’s history. The total is $20 million more than the previous year. “This achievement is a testament to the strength and competitiveness… more » The post A Record-Breaking Year For Research appeared first on Research.News
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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.
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.
We promote interdisciplinary, collaborative research focused on obesity and related diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic inflammation and some cancers.