Ingestive Behavior Research Center

Biennial Conference “High Intensity Sweeteners: Science and Controversy”

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The topic of high intensity sweeteners and health is not new, though interest is particularly high now and continues to grow.  The issue has been addressed in multiple sessions at scientific meetings.  Often only one side of the issue is presented.  In other instances, opposing views are uncritically showcased.  Neither approach is optimal for critically evaluating the science.  The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) will host its 6th biennial international conference at Purdue University on September 22-24, 2015 using a format that will showcase the science on high intensity sweeteners.  Scholars representing discrepant views will present reviews of data on selected topics (e.g., high intensity sweeteners and the gut (digestive, endocrine, microbiota responses), brain (addictive responses) and energy balance.  The speakers will also question and rebut each other followed by discussion with those in attendance.  The goal will be to move towards consensus.  The proceedings will be published in a special issue of the journal Physiology & Behavior.

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About the IBRC

Purdue University Ingestive Behavior Research Center The Center integrates sophisticated analyses of the physiological, nutritional, developmental, genetic, sensory, socio-economic, and experiential determinants of food and fluid intake with the rigorous assessment of appetitive and consummatory behaviors in human and nonhuman animal models.

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center (IBRC) was organized at Purdue University to promote and coordinate interdisciplinary collaborations among laboratories that investigate the environmental and biological controls of food and fluid intake.

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The students and faculty members of the IBRC participate in many common activities, including seminars, symposia, journal clubs, and a core curriculum for graduate training.  The emphasis on interdisciplinary graduate education and the availability of shared, state-of-the-art, facilities and resources set the stage for a wide variety of individual and collaborative research endeavors that are aimed at advancing understanding of the controls of ingestive behavior.

Undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training are available.


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About the IBRC

The Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University is unique in providing an interdisciplinary research and training environment that promotes excellence in the analysis of ingestive behavior and its disorders.

Our Vision

Individual and population-based health practices will be optimized by advancing understanding of the controls of ingestive behavior.

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Cresta Cates
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