Feeding Regulation by the Brain

Feeding Regulation by the Brain

13 September 2019

04:00PM - 04:45PM

45mins

Multi-Purpose Hall 1, Innovis


The overabundance of food availability in our modern world has contributed to ever increasing obesity rates worldwide. This has led to heightened risk for a number of associated diseases like metabolic disorders, cardiac disease and even neurodegenerative disorders, which cause an immense healthcare burden.

Research exploring the genetic basis of obesity surprisingly reveals our brains may play an important role. Evolutionarily our brains and bodies have adapted to surviving starvation but as a result are ill-equipped to cope with food abundance. To combat this, my research focuses on understanding how our brains regulate appetite and feeding. Using sophisticated tools to manipulate neuronal firing, we have recently discovered a novel circuit in the rodent brain controlling feeding behavior.

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Speaker

Dr Sarah Luo

Dr Sarah Luo

Senior Research Fellow
Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, A*STAR

Dr Sarah Luo is a Senior Research Fellow in the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC). She graduated from the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) in 2015 with a PhD in Neuroscience. Her current research focuses on the neural mechanisms of appetite regulation with the long-term goal of interventions in managing the global obesity epidemic and related metabolic disorders.