- Georgia State Funds Eight Faculty Proposals as Part of Next Generation InitiativeGeorgia State University will fund eight faculty proposals as part of its Next Generation faculty program, a successor to the Second Century Initiative, which has brought 61 new faculty positions to the university over the last five years. Funding for the proposals is expected to be about $2 million in the next year. … more » The post Georgia State Funds Eight Faculty Proposals as Part of Next Generation Initiative appeared first on Research.News
- NIH Awards Biologist $1.37 Million to Fight ObesityA Georgia State University biologist has received a four-year, $1.37 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to identify a novel therapeutic target in obesity. “Obesity as a complex metabolic disease is the result of gene and environmental interactions, and… more » The post NIH Awards Biologist $1.37 Million to Fight Obesity appeared first on Research.News
- 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
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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.