The Neurobiology of Eating Behavior in Obesity:
Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targets

June 8th

8:30 Introduction
Steven Grinspoon, MD, Harvard Medical School

8:45 Session I: Pathways Governing Eating Behavior
Moderators: Vibha Singhal, MD, MPH and Frankie Heyward, PhD

George L. Blackburn Keynote Lecture: Biology of Appetite
Sadaf Farooqi, PhD, FRCP, FMedSci, FRS

9:30 The Neural Basis for Hunger
Bradford B. Lowell, MD, PhD

9:55 Integration of Endocrine and Neuroimaging Techniques to Evaluate Food Motivation
Laura Holsen, PhD

10:20 Gut-brain Communication in Control of Appetitive Behavior
Ivan E. de Araujo, DPhil

10:40 Questions
11:00 BREAK
11:15 Inflammatory Modulators of Food Consumption and Endocrine Action
Ellen Schur, MD, MS

11:40 Gut Microbiota as a Key Regulator of Brain & Behaviour: Relevance to Obesity
John F. Cryan, PhD, MRIA

12:05 Why did I eat that? Alterations in Brain and Behavior Contributing to Obesity
Carrie Ferrario, PhD

12:30 Questions
1:30 Session II: Targeted Interventions to Modulate Pathways
Moderators: Carmen Monthe-Dreze, MD and Franziska Plessow, PhD

Lessons from Bariatric Surgery
Ali Tavakkoli, MD

1:55 GLP-1 Analogues: Mechanisms for Appetite Effects
Jamy Ard, MD

2:20 Intranasal Oxytocin Effects on Food Intake
Elizabeth Lawson, MD, MMSc

2:45 Questions
3:00 BREAK
3:15 Effects of Transcranial Stimulation on Eating Behaviors and Weight
Marci E. Gluck, PhD

3:40 Mechanisms of Compulsive Eating in Obesity
Paul Kenny, PhD

4:20 Questions

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