Endocrine and Neural Controls of Ingestive Behavior

The question of whether ingestive behavior is regulated or just reflects the cumulative effects of independent factors remains unresolved. In either case, there is little dispute regarding important contributions by the endocrine and neural systems. Over the past two decades, there has been a revolution in understanding of the active roles played by enteroendocrine cells in the intestines and endocrine function of adipocytes in the modulation of appetitive sensations and feeding. Basic studies of innervation patterns of the oral cavity, gut and brain have also yielded new insights along with evolving cutting-edge approaches like neuro-imaging to characterize the central sites involved with hedonic and appetitive sensations. Longstanding, externally-supported programs led by internationally recognized IBRC faculty are underway and offer opportunities to train students interested in these fields.

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