BIONB 4560

BIONB 4560

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Food intake is a complex behavior that is strictly regulated by sensory, homeostatic, and hedonic neural circuits, which balance energy intake with energy expenditure. An integrated system of external sensory information works together with peripheral body organs and the central nervous system to produce the sensation of food and the drive to consume. The balanced functioning of this interconnected physiological system is critical for humans and other organisms to control the nutrient intake and maintain stable body weight. In eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa, or in metabolic syndromes, such as obesity, the perception of food and the homeostatic balance between hunger and satiety is dysregulated leading to weight loss or gain and associated health problems. In this course, students will learn about the current and past research on neural control of food intake and energy metabolism. I will introduce the topic and cover the main discoveries in a discussion-based lecture. After the lecture, each week, students will collaboratively present a topic. The first student will present an overview of the research topic. The second student will present the research article for the week. Each student will present twice (once in each slot). Everyone must do the readings each week and come prepared to discuss the science. There will be ample time for discussion and questions, which are strongly encouraged.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: BIONB 2210 and BIONB 2220.

  • Students will be able to critically read and discuss the primary neuroscience literature.
  • Students will have a general knowledge in common methods used in neuroscience research.
  • Students will be able to describe neural circuits that regulate food intake and metabolism in the mammalian brain.
  • Students will be able develop a research proposal and give concise, organized oral presentations to peers.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19358 BIONB 4560   LEC 001

    • TR Corson-Mudd W358
    • Jan 22 - May 7, 2024
    • Yapici, N

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisites: BIONB 2210 and BIONB 2220