Obesity has a strong genetic determinant, and as a result we are differentially equipped to deal with the modern food environment. Dealing with this problem requires that we overcome the genetic weakness inherent in susceptible people.
This requires that we understand and exploit the satiating properties of certain food components better and learn how to influence hardwired behaviours.
- Theme Lead Professor Lora Heisler - Mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Emeritus Dr Clare Adam - Programming of energy balance regulation and control of satiety
- Dr Perry Barrett - Molecular mechanisms in body weight regulation
- Dr Alex Johnstone - Appetite across the lifecourse
- Professor Julian Mercer - Dietary behaviour and molecular mechanisms
- Professor Peter Morgan - Neurobiology of energy balance
- Dr Alexander Ross - Food-Gut-Brain: control of satiety and weight management
- Professor Lynda Williams - Hormone-nutrient interactions in energy balance
Some of the scientific themes covered within the Obesity and Metabolic Health research programme fall into an area of science known as neuroendocrinology, and thus reflect the interplay between the endocrine and nervous systems, and the control of vital physiological functions.
The British Society for Neuroendocrinology website has a public engagement section that presents accessible summaries of the importance of neuroendocrinology in the following categories: behaviour, sex, maternal influence, stress, obesity, body clock.